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Slavoj Zizek – First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

Slavoj Zizek, one of the worlds most influential living philosophers, visits the RSA to discuss capitalism’s flawed priorities.

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24 comments on “Slavoj Zizek – First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

  • mental orgasm?

  • Listen to him with your ears, not your eyes.?

  • Great? talk.

  • He acts like he’s? on crystal meth

  • yes of course, people are now required to give up personal freedom for “security”. the elitists are deathly afraid? of revolts and equality so they conjure up bad guys to protect us from, anytime anyone fights back it’s propagandized as a threat to you.

    and people willingly, naively, go along.

  • I was just saying that this economic model is flawed, money is created out of debt companies compete and some get eliminated, this trend can lead to monopoly or collusion, the wealth will continue to rise? into the hands of the very few, soon 99% of the worlds wealth will be in the hands of less than 1% maybe in 5 to 10 years, if that’s the world you look forward to than you will get it chances are you will be in the bottom halve like everyone else, unless your a multi billionaire

  • I don’t agree that Zizek suffers from “very severe anxiety”. Anxiety is precisely the ‘sort of emotion’ that psychoanalysis seeks to dissipate, and as such, it would be? strange for a Lacaniann psychoanalysist to suffer from “very severe anxiety”. I guess there’s no law against spreading your personal reactions on the internet though. I do agree with your basic sentiment though. To my mind, Zizek was simply blessed with a relatively high energy level (aside from his amazing intellect).

  • I have no? idea what you’re talking about, but it sounds like a pretty standard comment from the yt fray

  • This entire economic model runs purely on ignorance it could lead to the collapse of this entire civilization, ignorance leads to bad solutions. war is a knee jerk reaction to an economic problem, the cost of running this monetary based system is human lives and resources, infinite waste on a finite planet. this economic system doesn’t improve society instead it promotes ignorance and consumerism, people aren’t paid to think they just do what their told like robots, competitive based society.?

  • The schools have already implemented fascist procedures it’s required that all students show ID at all times. when I was in highs cool it wasn’t required, it is required that all high school students show ID in transit buses when travelling, people are being condition for a future in witch they aren’t trusted, just like the airports don’t trust the workers or the customers the governments don’t trust? the citizens.

  • in thirty years, the people on this planet will be facing much more dire problems than political ideology, if nothing changes in regards to our planet destruction…

    i’m just glad i’ll be dead because i don’t think capitalist greed will end. america’s or china’s version of it.

    the wars of the future will be class wars, not so much by nations. nations? are working in alliance with each other to protect the rich and their profits, the future will be about uprisings and people revolutions.

  • through neoliberalism. Now holding a position of global unipolarity (not global hegemony – regional hegemony yes), the US will not give this position up voluntarily. Europe has tied its hands in security terms, so the US is the only actor on the global stage with the military power to back up Western values. China is the up and comer.So, the choice for ‘world cop’, which the US will soon be giving up most likely, may be held by China in thirty years. How does that make you feel?? Chinese values..

  • transnational actors (aka terrorists) are now providing for the same realist logic – though to a lesser degree. This is corrosponding with a waning in U.S. world influence. Where capitalism is concerned, this? is closely associated with liberal democracy(countries that trade with one another do not fight with one another). Freedom of choice is a key factor in Western values.But the US was in a position to shape a new world order after the fall of the Soviets.To do this, the US exported its values

  • what was the u.s doing of during the cold war in building up enough nukes to destroy the planet? why does america need a military bigger than all other countries combined?
    well.. it was a realist ‘balance of power’ (Waltz) or ‘balance of threat’ (Walt) against the existential threat and influence of the Soviet Union. After the fall, NATO started to be questioned, debates as to U.S. power through the 90s (US military only? for humanitarian use?), then 9/11 abruptly stopped the debate.

  • i will? be very disappointed if he ever wrests control from his ticks

  • cf. continental? philosophy (ha-ha)

  • Chocolate has never given me constipation in my life. I I enjoy his ideas, but Zizek is misanthropic and makes very grand statements, sometimes with less than? sufficient information. Basically he jumps to conclusions.

  • you suck.?

  • uh, yes capitalism IS imposed by u.s. militarism. or imperialism. can you not read? i laid this out carefully for you mindless dolts, calling names is not an argument btw.

    what was the u.s doing of during the cold war in building up enough nukes to destroy the planet? why does america need a military bigger than all other countries combined?

    until you can answer these questions truthfully,? you should probably refrain from calling people “idiots” and “fools”.

  • stalkingcat123

    July 8, 2012 at 8:25 am



    alot in the “real” world isnt consistant with reality. The capitalist monetary system is not sustainable in any realistic way. Its not capitalism that invents goods and services its people.

  • JayGatsbyOdysseus

    July 8, 2012 at 8:30 am

    Zizek is sounding like? Ayn Rand here. Strange.

  • openuniverse2003

    July 8, 2012 at 9:08 am

    Capitalism is not imposed by “military intervention”. You just lost the argument, and made a fool of? yourself to boot. Take a bow, you’re an idiot!

  • ~ complete nonsense. capitalism is nothing but imposed by military intervention. no? such thing as the “free market” capitalism that america claims. why do you think america had to win the cold war? or have a military larger than most of the world? millions killed in proxy wars, government coups by the cia on every continent. these bankers are destroying governments as we speak, almost every country is affected by the forced lies of capitalism by military force.

  • what about baidu?? this guy is naive Lee Kai-Fu

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