From Badiou, Philosophy and the Death of Communism:

That this death be a second death is attested by a remarkable fact of opinion, which is nevertheless real: the ‘death of communism’ is rhetorically deployed alongside the ‘break up of the Soviet Empire’. That ‘communism’ thus be tied to ’empire’ in the destiny of what is mortal proves – since subjectively ‘communism’ named the universal community, the end of class, and thus the contrary of all empire – that this ‘death’ is only the event-of-dying of what is already dead.