The Communist Hypothesis

The Communist Hypothesis

Alain Badiou

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 1844676005

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“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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a split transcendental evaluation: ‘Let the good citizens separate from the bad; let them aid the public force.’ Nevertheless, by eleven in the morning the coup has totally failed. The soldiers have been encircled by hundreds of ordinary women, backed up by anonymous workers and members of the National Guard acting on their own behalf. Many of the soldiers fraternize. The cannons are taken back. General Aurelles de Paladine panics, seeing in it the great red peril: ‘The Government calls upon you

that of making something appear in a world which had not existed in it previously. This was the case on 18 March 1871, when a collection of unknown workers were thrust to the centre of the political scene, workers unknown even to specialists of the revolution – those old surviving ‘quarante-huitards’ – whose inefficient logomachy unfortunately did much to encumber the Commune. Let’s return to 19 March, and to the first declarations made by the Central Committee, the only accountable organ to

Bolshevism in Russia, from 1902 to 1917; and – unfortunately for the Observer’s critic, although he probably won’t like my other examples all that much either – the Great Cultural Revolution, at any rate from 1965 to 1968. That said, formally, that is, philosophically, I am speaking about a truth procedure here, in the sense that I have been giving this term since Being and Event. I’ll come back to this shortly. But let’s note right away that every truth procedure prescribes a Subject of this

incorporation into the discipline of a truth procedure, to authorize the individual, in his or her own eyes, to go beyond the Statist constraints of mere survival by becoming a part of the body-of-truth, or the subjectivizable body. We will now ask: why is it necessary to resort to this ambiguous operation? Why do the event and its consequences also have to be exposed in the guise of a fact – often a violent one – that is accompanied by different versions of the ‘cult of personality’? What is

of the Cultural Revolution was at its height? And that almost all of them regained their positions and their power from the mid-’70s onwards? In the long term, Deng Xiaoping, who was vilified, denounced and caricatured as ‘the number two person in authority taking the capitalist road’ – and quite rightly so, as the future was to demonstrate – became the country’s new master. What a difference from Stalin, who was obsessed with exterminating the Bolshevik ‘old guard’! That in itself reveals the

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