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. ALAIN BADIOU’S RECENT BOOK () is titled with the phrase promoted by his and Slavoj Žižek’s work for the last few years, “the communist.

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At this point, the objection about cultural difference will be raised: Badiou’s conflict between the “Event” and the “State” leaves no space for how the immediate struggle for reforms may communizt gradually over time and become a revolutionary movement as the working class begins to realise its own power.

When you fail, you want to learn from your mistakes, not repeat them. This aside does raise an incredibly difficult issue, though, which the whole book alternately discusses and dances around: Thanks for telling us about the problem.

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A fourth characteristic is the notion that the source of the current crisis lies comunist a disastrous past event. This is exactly the kind of material that filters thinky, introspective kids with exciting ideas out of every philosophy department in the nation, and leaves only those career academicians who desire nothing more than to get their Masters of Incomprehensible Gobbledy-Gook and P ompous h abitual Diatribing so that they may someday become a department Head of Alienating People Through Verbosity and be alone with their books, their tenure, and their inflated egos.

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The Occupy movement started quickly but lost steam as people realized that they were not threatened by the system enough to make an effort to change it.

In the first chapter he provides a thought provocative interpretation of what is commonly spread and believed to be the banal truth – baptized and perpetuated by,what Badiou calls,Capitalo-parlamentarian system the concept “Failure”. But it is the only possible way forward. Even the hypothesis of communism—generic name of our defeat—must become unmentionable.

Some matters are indefensible. Essentially, they propose a definition of politics as a practical means of moving from the world as alsin is to the world as we would wish it to be.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The question then arises whether anything governs these unlimited differences. The first is that of the setting in place of the communist hypothesis; the second, of preliminary attempts at its realization. In the light of these criteria, we can therefore point: A multiple that is an object of this situation – whose elements are indexed by the transcendental of this situation – is a site if it happens to count itself within the referential field of its own indexation.

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Badiou identifies three types of failed truth-processes. This creates a further feeling of powerlessness: What would this imply? Alaain would seem that system has done more to bring equality to a society than the “communist” systems. I can certainly support both the need for an Idea to counter TINA and the utility of examining past mistakes to build a better future.

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His response to Zizek’s introduction to Mao is quite good. 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.

Jan 21, Greg Evans rated it did not like it Recommends it for: I was reading this book on the bus communst other day when a friend of mine got on at the university. Badiou identifies the purpose of this slim book as defining the generic form taken by truth processes when they come up against the incompatibilities between the hypothesis of the given truth procedures with the social world in which they are attempted.

Hardcoverpages. To conclude with, I quote: It is foolish to call such communist principles utopian; in the sense that I have alxin them here they are intellectual patterns, always actualized in a different fashion.

What is the point of treating the French Revolution as if nothing like the Terror would have occurred had Robespierre been somewhere else at the time? A fresco of the modern period would show two great sequences in its development, with a forty-year gap between them. This involves the realization on the part of the subject that ideas transcend worlds. A people’s movement can briefly take power but be crushed by a counter-revolution.