Alain Badiou is a heavy weight philosopher of the French May'68 generation and comes from the Maoist tradition. This slim volume of essays designed to resemble Mao's 'little red book' attempts to get a grip with the Idea of Communism in a philosophical sense rather then from its disastrous practice in history. The current of Maoism running throughout (a section on the Chinese Cultural Revolution for instance) is disturbing to a libertarian Marxist like myself; but his believe that Communism cannot transcend its failures by being reduced to a Party/State comes to similar 'non-state' conclusions.
Read Sean Sheehan's review from Irish Left Review here
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