Back to basics: Communism

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15 October 2012

“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.”

Extract from The Communist Hypothesis written by radical French leftwing philosopher Alain Badiou and first published (as L’hypothèse communiste) in France by Éditions Lignes in 2009. The English version was published in UK in 2010 by Verso. Badiou was born in 1937 at Rabat in Morocco. Trained in mathematics, he holds the René Descartes chair of philosophy at the European Graduate School at Saas-Fee not far from Zermatt in the Swiss canton of Valais (Wallis).

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 You might perhaps care to view some of our earlier posts.  For instance:

1. Why? or How? That is the question (3 Jan 2012)

2. Partitocracy v. Democracy (20 July 2012)

3. The shoddiest possible goods at the highest possible prices (2 Feb 2012)

4. Capitalism in practice  (4 July 2012) 

5.Ladder  (21 June 2012)

 6. A tale of two cities (1)  (6 June 2012)

 7. A tale of two cities (2)  (7 June 2012)

 8. Where’s the beef? Ontology and tinned meat (31 Jan 2012)

Every so often we shall change this sample of previously published posts.

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