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Post by Isakenaz on Tue Jun 21, 2011 7:37 am

Long. But he discusses some pertinent points, so very much worth a look.

Slavoj Žižek - What does it mean to be a revolutionary today?


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Post by Celtiberian on Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:55 pm

I saw this lecture several months ago and it is certainly worth watching.

As much as I disagree with Slavoj Žižek's analysis at times, overall his work is pretty interesting. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is especially good—here are excerpts of a lecture he gave to the RSA going over the thesis of the book:


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Post by Rev Scare on Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:06 am

Celtiberian wrote:I saw this lecture several months ago and it is certainly worth watching.

As much as I disagree with Slavoj Žižek's analysis at times, overall his work is pretty interesting. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is especially good—here are excerpts of a lecture he gave to the RSA going over the thesis of the book:

I don't know much about this Slavoj Žižek, but I do wish to learn more about his theories now. That was an excellent video. I will definitely purchase the book. Can you recommend any of his other books?

Also, what do you disagree with him over?

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Post by Isakenaz on Wed Jun 22, 2011 10:27 am

I'we just ordered 'Violence: Six sideways reflections' Slavoj Zizek from amazon. It looks good, once I've read it I'll tell you more.
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Post by Celtiberian on Wed Jun 22, 2011 1:58 pm

Revolutionary Wolf wrote:I don't know much about this Slavoj Žižek, but I do wish to learn more about his theories now. That was an excellent video. I will definitely purchase the book. Can you recommend any of his other books?

Also, what do you disagree with him over?

My main criticism of Žižek has to do with is his egregious revisionism of the traditional socialist critique of capitalism (particularly regarding exploitation). I also don't entirely agree with his use of Lacanian psychoanalysis—though, fortunately, he usually only invokes its usage when he's engaging in more trivial aspects of cultural analysis.

Aside from First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, his book Living in the End Times is a thought-provoking work. In it, he basically formulates a modern form of scientific socialism, wherein he locates certain contradictions in contemporary capitalism (e.g., biogenetics, ecological degradation, intellectual property, etc.) which he believes the system will be incapable of overcoming. However, he doesn't make the mistake of thinking this will necessarily lead to socialism or communism, he thinks it's just as likely to lead to authoritarian capitalism. I own Violence, but haven't had the opportunity to read it yet. I've been told by several people that In Defense of Lost Causes is also good, but I cannot comment beyond that.


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Re: Revolution

Post by Admin on Wed Jun 22, 2011 8:09 pm



Looks quite interesting.
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Post by Isakenaz on Fri Jul 01, 2011 1:54 pm

Towards the end of his speech in his 'Revolution' video, Zizek includes the following joke popular in the old Soviet Union;

In 15th century Russia during the Mongol occupation, a farmer and his wife were walking along a road. A Mongol warrior on a horse stops at their side, and tells the farmer that he will now rape his wife. He then adds “But since there is a lot of dust on the ground, you will hold my testicles while I am raping your wife so they do not get dirty”. After the Mongol finishes his job and rides away, the farmer starts to laugh and jump with joy. The surprised wife asks him, “How can you be jumping with joy when I was just brutally raped?” The farmer answers “But I got him his balls are now full of dust!”
This sad joke tells of the predicament of dissidents, they thought they were dealing serious blows to the party nomenclature, but all they were doing was getting a little bit of dust on the nomenclature’s testicles. Is today’s critical left all to often not in a similar position, we think we are doing something terribly subversive, but we are just….Our task is to discover how to make a step further, our thesis 11 today should be, critical-leftists hitherto have only dirtied with dust the balls of those in power. The point is to cut them off.
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Post by Red Aegis on Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:05 pm

Has anyone read The Parallax View? I just bought it and was wondering what everybody thought about it before I dug into it.

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Post by Iron Vanguard on Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:11 pm

On a quick side note, Comrade Žižek is Slovenian! Its quite nice to see Slovenians in important positions, after all, it's such a nice country. Despite being one of the smallest Yugoslav Republics, It was likely the most productive. I'm part Slovenian...

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