Slavoj Žižek in the Guardian… June 11, 2012Posted by WorldbyStorm in The Left.
Got to admit I quite like the man. It’s never entirely clear how much of his public persona is a construct, or perhaps more accurately an exaggeration of his intrinsic personality, but the man can write, write well and write cogently about the left.
For those who might have missed it an interview here… here’s a thought or two…
He’s not against democracy, per se, he just thinks our democratic institutions are no longer capable of controlling global capitalism. “Nice consensual incremental reforms may work, possibly, at a local level.” But localism belongs in the same category as organic apples, and recycling. “It’s done to make you feel good. But the big question today is how to organise to act globally, at an immense international level, without regressing to some authoritarian rule.”
Spot on. And in a way this from one of the early paragraphs seems to sum him up, though as what I cannot work out…
Now he’s back in the living room, a clinically tidy little sliver of functional space lacking any discernible aesthetic, the only concessions being a poster for the video game Call Of Duty: Black Ops, and a print of Joseph Stalin. Žižek pours Coke Zero into plastic McDonald’s cups decorated in Disney merchandising, but when he opens a kitchen cupboard I see that it’s full of clothes.