We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy. The Communist Hypothesis has ratings and 42 reviews. Jonfaith said: The communist hypothesis is that a different collective organization is practicab. The Communist Hypothesis: ten lessons from Alain Badiou by Chris Norris We know that communism is the right hypothesis. All those who.

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This reveals the Lacanian point that History exists only symbolically. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Broadly, if I am not misinterpreting, Badiou is calling for a new Idea to counter the pervasive narrative of there being not alternative to representative democracy subordinate to free market capitalism.

A wide variety of 19th-century phenomena are reappearing: Essentially conservative, it creates a longing for a protective master, even one who oppresses and impoverishes you further.

Jun 27, Josh Sykes rated it really liked it. His argument that we are closer to the “first” stage of communism, a stage of intellectual re formation, rather than the “second” stage of parties and states ie.

Good hypothsis overview of the cultural revolution and its relationship with the Paris Commune.

The Communist Hypothesis

The Communist Hypothesishowever, doesn’t lay down a single sentence in pages that is going to have any effect on anything. Wait, I did abdiou say that in a few waiting rooms and on the bus The thesis boils down to the idea communnist The Paris Commune was the starting point for Lenin, Lenin was the starting point for Mao, and Maoism in its ‘oppose the internal party bourgeoisie, build people-power outside the party’ form needs to be the starting point for those of us who believe in the communist hypothesis that ‘capitalism isn’t A little disorganized as a whole, but a really interesting and insightful look at a variety badilu historical and philosophical topics through Badiou’s Maoist lens.


The event symbolizes the discovery of the Real. At any rate, read the text and decide for yourself.

Apr 20, Rallie rated it it was amazing. The Communist Manifesto was a fucking pamphlet, and it changed everything in the world. No choice, I tell you! This is not simply a matter of a momentary encounter with the impossible: Loved it for what I could get from it. Occasionally hard work, but worth it.

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Lists with This Book. A fresco of the modern period would show two great sequences in its development, with a forty-year gap between them. The fact is that, according to the terms of Badiou’s own philosophy, that world no longer exists. I liked the points about the ongoing importance of proper names rather than dismissing cults of personality as madness without considering why they came about and that the problems of the 21st century are closer to those of the early 19th than the 20th.

The political aesthetic is that of imitation: A little disorganized as a whole, but a really interesting and insightful look at a variety of historical and philosophical topics through Badiou’s Maoist lens. I learned a great deal about all of them. Neither can be symbolized. This is our task, during the reactionary interlude that now prevails: It is good to vote, to give a form to my fears; but it is hard to believe that what I am voting for is a good thing in itself.


What unites the two is an emphasis on the value of failed experiments in what can broadly be referred to as Communism.

This book provided a great case for neither communism or capitalism. The object is in reality political: Appeal is made instead to the virtues of hard work, discipline, the family: Although he only sketches out his historical analysis of the Cultural Revolution or Mayit is provocative in the best way – inspiring further investigation by the non-expert, and forcing you to consider a different perspective. This text isn’t John Carpenter’s They Live, if I wear the shades, Mao doesn’t become decent, the denouncement remains too human and the idealism in the Cultural Revolution is negligible at best.

Typically, capitulation and servility are presented as invention and regeneration. My interpretation of that is: These members of those societies regardless of class know they are pretty well off in a world view of their situation.

The historical is a symbolic vantage point from which the emerging subject avoids the real, but can still glimpse the eternity of the Idea.

It consists of desperately maintaining that I am not the other. The capitalist world in which we operate tells us that capitalism is insurmountable, that to move beyond it is actually unthinkable.

In fact, writes Badiou, the central proscription of this world badioou not to live with any idea other than oneself-as-consumer.