First As Tragedy, Then As Farceby Slavoj Zizek
In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj iek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of
Billions of dollars have been hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?
In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj iek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch-making events of the first decade of this century. What he finds is the old one-two punch of history: the jab of tragedy, the right hook of farce. In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism dies twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory.
First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is a call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.
“The Elvis of cultural theory.”—The Chronicle of Higher Education
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“[A] great provocateur and an immensely suggestive and even dashing writer ... iek writes with passion and an aphoristic energy that is spellbinding.”—Richard Rayner, Los Angeles Times
“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.”—New Republic
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Slavoj iek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Birkbeck College, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. His books include Living in the End Times, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, In Defense of Lost Causes, four volumes of the Essential iek, and many more.
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All we can do is assume the position and let the world go where it will? Is Zizek really a fatalist? Me thinks not. The obvious flaws in the capitalistic world dynamic are repeated ad nausea and there is seemingly nothing new here, so one is tempted to move on. But not so quickly, surely one such as Zizek must have something to prove if "he is the most dangerous philosopher" or words to that effect that that threatens from the cover. Alas, he harkens back to the revolutions in Haiti, Cuba, and among other luminaries, tips his hat to Che Guerva and even our Venezuelan friend (fiend) albeit with their flaws and limitless limitations that provide a Pavlovian bell to the Stalin/Lenin follies. He does back-handily (reading between the lines) admit that communism isn't in fact a naturally occurring system of the body politic rather one that lies in wait for opportunity and relies on a systemic catastrophe before the hegemonic structure is vulnerable to being ousted. His cheering for the financial meltdown as the last best opportunity to awaken the shopping masses aside- his point on the Freudian concept that our existence boils down to the creation of another person not ourselves as our raison de etre, helps explain the anomie gripping and strangling the proletariat and any hope of his communist utopia.