The Communist Hypothesis #2020

The Communist Hypothesis By Alain Badiou The Communist Hypothesis We know that communism is the right hypothesis All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy to parliamentary democracy the form of state suited to capital
  • Title: The Communist Hypothesis
  • Author: Alain Badiou
  • ISBN: 9781844676002
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Communist Hypothesis By Alain Badiou We know that communism is the right hypothesis All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy the form of state suited to capitalism and to the inevitable and natural character of the most monstrous inequalities Alain Badiou Alain Badiou s communist hypothesis, first stated in 2008, cut through We know that communism is the right hypothesis All those who abandon this hypothesis immediately resign themselves to the market economy, to parliamentary democracy the form of state suited to capitalism and to the inevitable and natural character of the most monstrous inequalities Alain Badiou Alain Badiou s communist hypothesis, first stated in 2008, cut through the cant and compromises of the past twenty years to reconceptualize the Left The hypothesis is a fresh demand for universal emancipation and a galvanizing call to arms Anyone concerned with the future of the planet needs to reckon with the ideas outlined within this book.
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    1. Alain Badiou

      Alain Badiou, Ph.D born in Rabat, Morocco in 1937, holds the Rene Descartes Chair at the European Graduate School EGS Alain Badiou was a student at the cole Normale Sup rieure in the 1950s He taught at the University of Paris VIII Vincennes Saint Denis from 1969 until 1999, when he returned to ENS as the Chair of the philosophy department He continues to teach a popular seminar at the Coll ge International de Philosophie, on topics ranging from the great antiphilosophers Saint Paul, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, Lacan to the major conceptual innovations of the twentieth century Much of Badiou s life has been shaped by his dedication to the consequences of the May 1968 revolt in Paris Long a leading member of Union des jeunesses communistes de France marxistes l ninistes , he remains with Sylvain Lazarus and Natacha Michel at the center of L Organisation Politique, a post party organization concerned with direct popular intervention in a wide range of issues including immigration, labor, and housing He is the author of several successful novels and plays as well as than a dozen philosophical works.Trained as a mathematician, Alain Badiou is one of the most original French philosophers today Influenced by Plato, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Jacques Lacan and Gilles Deleuze, he is an outspoken critic of both the analytic as well as the postmodern schools of thoughts His philosophy seeks to expose and make sense of the potential of radical innovation revolution, invention, transfiguration in every situation.

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    1. The communist hypothesis is that a different collective organization is practicable, one that will eliminate the inequality of wealth and even the division of labour The private appropriation of massive fortunes and their transmission by inheritance will disappear The existence of a coercive state, separate from civil society, will no longer appear a necessity a long process of reorganization based on a free association of producers will see it withering away.I fear my response to this book, par [...]


    2. The Communist Hypothesis by Alain Badiou is a work of political philosophy even though the author denies it Badiou is the former chair of Philosophy at the cole Normale Sup rieure Communism failed and that is a given, but what is failure There is a saying that goes Failure is not falling down It is refusing to get back up I was expecting to read a detailed account of how the left and the working class will rise again As a Marine in the Cold War, I was committed to defending America and its allie [...]


    3. The underlying premise of this book seems to be threefold 1 that to talk of the defeat of communism is empty triumphalism or deep pessimism depending on whether we are on the right or left respectively 2 that the communist idea of an equal world where the wellbeing of one is the wellbeing of all is worth keeping and 3 that progress towards this condition depends on learning from the revolutionary failures of the past In this, Badiou s work sits in an interesting and productive relation to i ek s [...]


    4. Let s say you re invited to a dinner party The other guests will be Jesus Christ, Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr, and Alain Badiou Don t go It isn t worth it Stay home Badiou is going to dominate the entire evening s conversation, and he won t say anything that has a damn bit of impact on anyone or anything in the world outside his own head.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 [...]


    5. this book is a nightmare of inaccessibility by someone who claims to be theorizing the liberation of the working class it may be compounded by poor translation, but honestly, it s hypocritical to write in such a pompous, inaccessible way if you claim to be working for the liberation of working people i learned some interesting facts about the Paris Commune, and the letter between him and Zizek is interesting, but other than that, don t read this unless you are prepared to have many headaches.


    6. Before delving into the actual content of The Communist Hypothesis , let me first comment that this edition is incredibly cute I assume it s a pastiche of Mao s Little Red Book More critical theorists should adopt this adorable mini hardback format, I m fond of it As to the book itself, Badiou is adamant that it is philosophy, not critical theory or political analysis, or indeed history Within I found it a mixture of all four, but I suppose philosophy sounds exalted and can cover a wide space Q [...]


    7. The neo communist philosopher Alain Badiou begins his book by noting that communism has been labeled a failure in the world in which we operate He then asks, what do we mean by failure Does it mean to lose a confrontation or war, cold or otherwise, which would imply a death or end to that which fails Or does it rather mean simply an experiment that failed to prove, for the time being, its hypothesis A failed experiment, or truth procedure as Badiou calls an attempt to prove a new truth through p [...]


    8. It constitutes great answers to many dilemmas and is truly needed by the left to shake left s libral tendencies or what so called the third way.


    9. About three quarters of this collections of essays of largely impenetrable, although Badiou occasionally drops a gem on em, to quote Mobb Deep There are enough interesting anecdotes and propositions to make it worth reading, but there are also entire sections of utter verbosity that aren t worth the headache.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 Political power victory is obviou [...]


    10. Badiou s new little red book is very interesting and engaging His examination of three events, May 68 in France, the Paris Commune, and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, followed by an exploration of the Idea of communism, is highly thought provoking His response to Zizek s introduction to Mao is quite good I cannot agree with some of his summations particularly with his view of the GPCR and its consequences, thought provoking as it is and on his theory of politics without parties.



    11. 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 The thesis boils down to the idea that 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 nec [...]


    12. The highly personal 3 5 rating is attributed to the fact that it s not particularly friendly to the so called common reader commentary on the Cultural Revolution China I found to be the most impenetrable.In other words, a reasonably basic interpret that as you will historic knowledge is preferred if you don t wish to flounder through paragraph after paragraph on events such as the Wahun incident et al I haven t done even the most cursory readings on the Maoist years, so I was pretty much in the [...]


    13. Full review here afightingtruth.wordpress Very enjoyable and provocative read which serves as a useful introduction to Badiou s political thought Although he only sketches out his historical analysis of the Cultural Revolution or May 1968, it is provocative in the best way inspiring further investigation by the non expert, and forcing you to consider a different perspective.


    14. Loved it for what I could get from it Very much appreciated the nuanced defense of Mao, and the historical account of the 68 uprisings and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, as well as the insistence on recuperating the idea of communism I have trouble understanding Badiou s theory of the Event, or how he justifies his very specific truth procedures, so I ll have to return to this after reading his Being and Event and trying to get a better grasp, but even without always having good footing this w [...]


    15. In this magnificent work Alain Badiou discusses the general framework of the Communist hypothesis,tracing the parallels from the modern paradigms and perspectives of radical emancipatory politics trying to reactualize the hypothesis by giving the body of authentic praxis to the May 68 revolt,Chinese cultural revolution and the Paris Commune in 1871.In the first chapter he provides a thought provocative interpretation of what is commonly spread and believed to be the banal truth baptized and perp [...]


    16. This collection of previous writings along with essentially an essay tying them together serves as a limited but useful introduction to this aspect of Badiou s thought His elaborations on three events May 68, the Cultural Revolution and the Paris Commune are used to explain the general idea of the Communist Hypothesis These chapters make for interesting reading and warrant several close readings if one wants to better understand his argument This does not necessarily mean agreement, just an unde [...]


    17. Para Badiou habr a que tener miedo a ganar a apoderarse del poder, a establecer una nueva realidad pol tico social , porque la lecci n del siglo xx es que la victoria acaba en la restauraci n el regreso a la l gica del poder del Estado o en un infernal ciclo de purificaci n autodestructiva Esto lleva a Badiou a proponer remplazar la purificaci n por la sustracci n en vez de vencer tomar el poder , se mantiene una distancia respecto al poder del Estado, se crean espacios sustra dos del Estado Est [...]


    18. This book was horrible While I am philosophically inclined against communism, I do enjoy reading books with which I disagree, This book provided no such enjoyment I likely made the mistake of reading the introduction, which made no sense whatsoever and frequently diverted into the author quoting from an opera he wrote I am also not particularly well versed in French Marxist history so many of he references the author made meant nothing to me Finally, my biggest complaint with the book is probabl [...]


    19. The last lecture delivers what most would come here to see the Idea of communism independent of its political formations Badou s conception of May 68 not as the beginning but as the end is interesting, if somewhat underdeveloped Likewise, his discussion of the Paris commune and the Chinese Cultural Revolution will leave those who came to the text looking for high theory feeling somewhat cold Badou s unapologetic fidelity to Mao is abundantly clear, and his rough categorization of the Bolsheviks [...]



    20. A book of genuine philosophy here, and therefore a touch hard going in places, particularly towards the end Badiou s contention that we should not give up on striving for a egalitarian future despite a century of failure is compelling He analyses three specific categories of failure using May 1968, the Cultural Revolution in China, and the Paris Commune as examples He ends with an inspiring call to arms Occasionally hard work, but worth it.


    21. As always, Badiou has important things to say This little book is informative, and lays out both theoretical and abstracted claims along with historical proofs towards what he calls the communist hypothesis namely, that the Idea of communism must not be abandoned simply because its best forms have not yet been realized, as there are historical emergences of its potential beyond the hypothetical.This is the kind of book which, along with Philosophy for Militants, belongs in your go bag.


    22. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review I am glad that I read as thsi subject does interest me, but after reading it I can honestly say that this book wasn t for me There are a few good points but for me it is over opiniated and that takes away what the author is trying to get over.


    23. For a politics of emancipation, the enemy that is to be feared most is not repression at the hands of the established order It is the interiority of nihilism, and the unbounded cruelty that can come with its emptiness.


    24. A solid, consistent, critical view on the communist experience of the 20th century in the light of the real revolutionary ideas and possibilities that could ve been but never were and what we can learn from that Very enlightening.


    25. Not too impressed Some interesting analysis of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and some nice historical analysis of the Paris Commune, but then Badiou decides to be innovative and that is that The point is the point is just a philosophical foray to nowhere.


    26. The Communist idea will remain valid as long as we can find new ways to fuck it up And of course embed these failures in theory, which is what this book does It s often stimulating as a mental exercise, and motivational in its idealism, but that s about it.


    27. The writings on the cultural revolution was interesting enough, but the rest of the book was quite bland and drawn out, to the point of going on a tangent that people in the know would understand or would care to understand I would say stick to writings by Marx and Lenin.


    28. A good summary of events surrounding the Cultural Revolution and the Paris Commune also, some good words of encouragement after the failures of the 20th century On the other hand, Badiou s philosophizing and obscurantism gets a little trying at times.


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