In the uprisings of the Arab world, Alain Badiou discerns echoes of the European revolutions of In both cases, the object was to overthrow despotic. Alain Badiou’s latest book to be translated into English is ‘The Rebirth of History: Times of Riots and Uprisings’ (published by Verso Books. The Rebirth of History has ratings and 24 reviews. Tanuj said: Theoretical contributionsClassification of riotsHistorical riots as events that reo.

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Badiou wants to convey to us the message of the Arab Yhe Philosophy and its Conditions. But who has ever seen a riot whose front ranks were made up of the elderly? The feudal class had, it seemed at the time, defeated the forces of republicanism. A very useful book for anyone who wants to spot a meaningful and properly communist revolution approaching on the horizon. Return to Book Page.

Non-exploitative capitalism, of course, we’re on the way there.

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To do anything else would be to betray the revolution and maintain previous structures of power. Theoretical contributions Classification of riots Historical riots as events that reopen History.

Smith – – Historical Materialism 23 2: It is controlled without being controlled. I thought this book was interesting. And then on the general possibility of a political truth in the country.

In this sense, communist ideology was instrumental in the consolidation of modern capitalism. Both events occurred after what was commonly thought to be the end of a revolutionary epoch: I Think, Therefore I Draw. He applauds the rioters for taking on the power of the state.

Instead they grew, drawing in wider layers of people and casting aside previously rigid social distinctions between men and women, religious and secular, Muslim and Christian. Badiou has a detailed grasp of the tactics such uprisings involve and the dynamic by which they spread. This phenomenon lacks a name because the current configuration of epistemology fails to recognize its potential. How are we to think and talk about these days of rage and hope, these potentially epoch-defining events?


Where Buddhism Meets Neuroscience. Badiou’s idealism is a step away from a materialist evaluation of the subject developed in the major works of structuralism and post-structuralism even though, ironically, many of the post-structuralists were fervently anti-Marxist. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

At other times the event is applied specifically to a given truth process or field of possible evental emergence ; or case study as in the Rebirth of History and Saint Paul: Organizing is what transcends the impotence of rioting and brings about revolutionary change.

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Just note that this is philosophy, and a bit of struggle with not-so-immediately-obvious abstractions may be ahead, though not so very very much. History shows the limitations of such thinking. It must have the means within itself, the idea and the resources, to immediately seize power and assert a new order, one which Badiou declares must be communism.

Basically, nothing has changed. It’s authority legitimized, the collective subject that is the historic riot can thus impose an expression of general will on the population. A man sets himself on fire in Tunisia. Such actions respond to acts of oppression, but are localized in a given community and have difficulty spreading, except perhaps to other, similarly oppressed communities, and even this is the exception to the norm.

It’s relevant to understanding the revolutionary climate which is growing around the world. Uprisings in the Banlieues. Yet Badiou claims that none of these three types of riot can lead to change without a shared idea – the “event” itself is not enough to present an alternative to the dominant order.


But the revolutions of proclaimed for a century and a half the return of revolutionary thought and action. The inexistent has arisen. Mar 04, Michael Ledezma rated it really liked it. While riots can and have inspired radical change this has been the exception to the norm. Tristana rated it did not like it Dec 23, In it, Badiou steps away from his more commonly used anecdotes—particularly that of May This is more than just an analysis of the recent uprisings that constitute the Arab Spring, it is a reminder to everyone that – contrary to what Francis Fukuyama proclaimed in the early 90s – history has not ended, and its rebirth is very much in the hands of the people, not the state.

Without pre-supposing a Marxist analysis of history, most of Badiou’s arguments don’t make a lot of sense.

The Rebirth of History

But sometimes skepticism is just short sightedness. Added to PP index Total downloads 2of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Can Change Be Thought?: They do this by ending the state’s process of “separating names”, whereby we are divided into categories- “white”, “muslim”, etc. Organizing is not a necessary evil that results from the greatness of riots.

The popular uprisings in the Arab world are here used to remind us that we are not powerless in the face of our own corrupt forms of government, which safeguard the economic structures that allow for a minority to hold power and maintain control.

The Future Is Open.

That clearly owes to the fact that the earthly disappearance of the communist hypothesis and its parties has little by little made the truth about parliamentarism apparent: Sign in to use this feature.