Alain Badiou: What is Called a Failure?

SubSense

The mid-1970s saw the begin­nings of the ebb the ‘red dec­ade’ ushered in by the fourfold cir­cum­stances of national lib­er­a­tion struggles (in Viet­nam and Palestine in par­tic­u­lar), the world­wide stu­dent and youth move­ment (Ger­many, Japan, the USA, Mex­ico . . .), fact­ory revolts (France and Italy) and the Cul­tural Revolu­tion in China. It finds its sub­ject­ive form in a resigned sur­render, in a return to cus­toms — includ­ing elect­oral cus­toms – defer­ence towards the cap­italo-par­lia­ment­arian or ‘West­ern’ order, and the con­vic­tion that to want some­thing bet­ter is to want some­thing worse. It finds its intel­lec­tual form in what, in France, acquired the very strange name of ‘the new philo­sophy’. Des­pite the change of name, we have here, almost unchanged, all the argu­ments of the Amer­ican anti-com­mun­ism of the 1950s: social­ist regimes are loath­some des­pot­isms and bloody dic­tat­or­ships. At the level of the state, this social­ist ‘total­it­ari­an­ism’ must be con­tras­ted with…

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Badiou: Down with Death!

Alain Badiou Let’s start from the notion of nihilism. What does it mean? Nihilism is a figuration, a diagnostic on the state of the world and of thought, which established itself in the nineteenth century (we could argue that in a certain sense the first nihilist philosophy was Schopenhauer’s) on the ruins of the old... Continue Reading →

Revolution of the Present (Full Film)

"Humanity seems to be stuck in the perpetual now that is our networked world. More countries are witnessing people taking to the streets in search of answers. Revolution of the Present, the film, features interviews with thought leaders designed to give meaning to our present and precarious condition. This historic journey allows us to re-think... Continue Reading →

Alain Badiou on Communism and Multiculturalism

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The Event as Slavoj Zizek puts it

“A tsunami killed more than 200,000 people in Indonesia!” “The people have won! The dictator has run away!” “How is something as beautiful as Beethoven’s last piano sonata even possible?”All these statements refer to what some of us would consider an event . . . An “Event” can refer to a devastating natural disaster or to the latest... Continue Reading →

Lectures Given at the Launch of Howard Caygill’s latest book “On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance” (Audio)

Event Date: 8 November 2013 Lecture Theatre E002, Granary Building, Central Saint Martins, London N1C 4AA The London Graduate School and CRMEP in association with Art & Philosophy @ Central Saint Martins present: A Symposium on Resistance Launch of Howard Caygill’s latest book “On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance” The London Graduate School and CRMEP... Continue Reading →

The Original French Text of Badiou’s Article on The Uprising in Turkey and Beyond: Vive la création d’un nouveau foyer, dans le monde, de la politique à venir!

Une très grande partie de la jeunesse éduquée anime en ce moment, dans toute la Turquie, un vaste mouvement contre les pratiques répressives et réactionnaires du gouvernement. Il s’agit d’un très important moment de ce que j’ai appelé « le réveil de l’Histoire ». Dans bien des pays du monde, la jeunesse des collèges, des... Continue Reading →

Alain Badiou on the Uprising in Turkey and Beyond

  A large proportion of the educated youth all across Turkey are currently leading a vast movement against the government’s repressive and reactionary practices. This is a very important moment in what I have called  “the rebirth of History.” In many countries around the world, middle school, high school, and university youth, supported by a part of... Continue Reading →

International Intellectuals Including Butler, Balibar and Zizek Call On The Turkish Government To Desist From Its Repression of Popular Protests

#globalizetheresistance #deterritorialize We deplore the recent crackdown of the Turkish government on its own citizens, the clearly unjustified use of tear gas, acts of force, gas canisters and smoke bombs that have resulted in a vast number of injuries, imperiling the lives of those who seek to exercise their basic freedoms of assembly and protest.  This... Continue Reading →

The beat of a different drum ~ Slavoj Zizek

Open Cyprus in Europe

“The heart of the people of Europe beats in Greece” with Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek, one of the most prominent contemporary thinkers, Alexis Tsipras, president of the parliamentary group of SYRIZA/EKM and Kostas Douzinas, professor of Philosophy of Law at the of Birkbeck University of London, will talk about the overthrow of the neo-liberal policies which generate the crisis, exacerbate the recession and impose austerity, leading to a catastrophic humanitarian crisis.
An energy and conviction that Slavoi Zizek verbalizes and makes him an adequate ambassador for Greece in their fight in Europe. As they said, »Solidarity is our weapon«. They said that the solidarity of their weapons, which was also Zizek warned in a speech that Europe must show its solidarity with the Greeks, or it too will fail, as it should be a core value of solidarity in Europe.

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On Civilised Progress and Barbaric Regress

One simply cannot conceal from oneself what all the willing that has received its direction from the ascetic ideal actually expresses: this hatred of the human, still more of the animal, still more of the material, this abhorrence of the senses, of reason itself, this fear of happiness and of beauty, this longing away from... Continue Reading →

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