Les avatars du Communisme

Glyn Daly

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Badiou affirms that communism is the right hypothesis. Capitalism privatizes property and places it in the hands of a privileged social class. Socialism centralizes property and places it in the hands of an equally privileged politico-technocratic class. Only communism seeks to dissolve the structure and the very meaning of property itself. Yet, if communism is the right hypothesis, this does not imply any inevitability. Communism is not the ‘truly human society’ that is simply waiting to be realized. Communism remains a pure speculation, a crazy wager, that seeks to think human differences in terms of an uncompromising, and ‘unnatural’, universal equality. In this sense, it is not simply concerned with saving humanity but remaking humanity along different lines. This chapter explores some of the political and socio-economic dimensions that are central to re-thinking the nature of, and the connection between, communism and humanity
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationL'idée du Communisme, II: Conférence de Berlin, 2010
EditorsAlain Badiou, Slavoj Zizek
Place of PublicationParis
PublisherNouvelles Editions Lignes
Number of pages32
ISBN (Print)9782355260742
Publication statusPublished - 14 Apr 2011

Publication series

NameLidée du Communisme


  • Communism
  • Democracy
  • Subversion
  • Politics


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