Criticism on Left Populism

3 Nov , 2019  

Frederic Jameson is quite right when he writes that the substitution of economics by politics is the usual means of all attacks on Marxism, i.e. the liquidation of Marxist critique and analysis of the capital economy and the consequent concentration on the discourses of freedom, equality and political representation. Marxism ...

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Slavoj Zizek: The Next Revolution – the Digital Commons?

31 Okt , 2018  

The digital network that sustains the functioning of our societies as well as their control mechanisms is the ultimate figure of the technical grid that sustains power – and does this not confer a new lease of life on Trotsky’s idea that the key to the State lies not in ...

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GenericScience, PhiloFiction

Ideology and Real(ism)

31 Okt , 2018  

Isn’t the emphasis on the systemic character of capitalism what separates Marx’s analysis from moralizing socialism?) The idea that the misleadingly-named ‘ruling class’ do anything more than manage and adminster Capital is an idle fantasy. Capitalists can decide on which groups are exploited, but they cannot legislate away exploitation itself. ...

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Be Unrealistic, Change What’s Possible

23 Sep , 2018  

I promised another post on fictions, but first, and by means of introduction, a few more remarks on populism, prompted by Bat at Lenin’s Tomb, Jon at Posthegemonic Musings, Le Colonel Chabert and Kenneth Rufo at Ghost in the Wire.

Bat claims that Zizek’s anti-populist polemic ends up re-affirming the ...

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Enjoy your vacation!

18 Aug , 2018  

Conclusion: Vacation as fetish

To Žižek, a fetish is an ‘embodiment of the Lie which enables us to sustain the unbearable truth’ (Žižek, 2001b: 13). The subject ‘rationally’ accepts the truth, yet is only able to do so because she or he has their fetish to cling to, and the ...

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Warum nicht über Seenotrettung diskutieren?

17 Jul , 2018  

Wie eine linksliberale Moralisierungsstrategie den Rechten in die Hände arbeitet

“Private Helfer retten Flüchtlinge und Migranten im Mittelmeer aus Seenot. Ist das legitim? Ein Pro und Contra” – diese Einleitung einer Debatte über die europäische Flüchtlingspolitik in der Wochenzeitung “Die Zeit” beschäftigt die liberalen Gemüter der Republik. Doch reagierten sie


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Lexicon, PhiloFiction

Žižek’s Dialectical Coincidentia Oppositorium

24 Sep , 2017  

Without doubt, the cogent interlacing of Lacanian theorization with Hegelianism manifests Žižek’s prowess in articulating a highly pertinent critique of ideology for our epoch, but whether this comes from a position of Marxist orthodoxy or a position of a Lacanian doctrinaire who monitors Marxist politics is an open question.

Through ...

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10 Sep , 2017  

Rage without utopian prospects of real change is like living in a favela on the edge of Pandemonium waiting for the rebellion to begin, no matter what you do you are still trapped in a sub-basement of Hell with no prospects of escape. Rage is useless when there are no ...

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“is it possible not to love žižek?” on slavoj žižek’s missed encounter with deleuze

12 Nov , 2015  

[Slavoj Žižek: Organs without Bodies: On Deleuze and Consequences (New York: Routledge, 2003)]

The following text can be read fast-forward or in slow-motion. The fast-forward version provides the main argument, the slow-motion version provides the argument plus more detailed commentaries.

We have come to love Slavoj Žižek for his extremely ...

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