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Communist Hypothesis (10 Edition)by Alain Badiou
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'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 formulation of the 'communist hypothesis' has traveled around the world since it was first aired in early 2008, in his book The Meaning of Sarkozy. The hypothesis is partly a demand to reconceptualize communism after the twin deaths of the Soviet Union and neoliberalism, but also a fresh demand for universal emancipation. As 'third way' reforms prove as empty in practice as in theory, Badiou"s manifesto is a galvanizing call to arms that needs to be reckoned with by anyone concerned with the future of our planet.
Book News Annotation:
Just as 300 years of failed efforts to prove the hypothesis of Fermat's theorem did not demonstrate the falsity of that mathematical hypothesis, as has now been seen through its proof in the 1980s, a proof built upon the work of earlier "failures," so the falsity of the "communist hypothesis" has not been demonstrated by the perceived failures of successive self-declared socialist and communist regimes and movements, argues French philosopher Badiou. He seeks a reconceptualization of communism that understands these failures as merely stages in the history of the "communist hypothesis." He supports this argument, which he insists is far more philosophical than political, through detailed discussion of three examples: the May 1968 uprisings in France, the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and the Paris Commune of 1871. Included as an appendix in this translated edition is a letter from Badiou to fellow leftist philosopher Slavoj Zizek commenting on Zizek's introduction to a collection of Mao's philosophical-political writings. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A new program for the Left after the death of neoliberalism.
About the Author
Alain Badiouis the author of Being and Event, Ethics, Metapolitics, Polemicsand The Meaning of Sarkozy. He is a prominent contemporary French philosopher and teaches philosophy at the Ecole Normale Suprieure and the European Graduate School (EGS). He has been described as 'one of the most important philosophers writing today.'
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