The Communist Hypothesis – Alain Badiou

The Communist Hypothesis – Alain Badiou

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A new program for the Left by the inimitable Marxist theorist

"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.


"A Little Red Book for our time?"

"An heir to Jean-Paul Sartre and Louis Althusser."
Lucy Wadham, New Statesman

"A figure like Plato or Hegel walks here among us!"
Slavoj Zizek

"Shaking the foundations of Western liberal democracy."
Times Higher Education Supplement

Paperback / 224 pages / May 2015 / 9781781688700