- Newspapers and Magazines

Korean nuclear tension: Apocalypse… almost now

The saber rattling and harsh rhetoric during the current nuclear standoff on the Korean Peninsula should remind mankind of something we have forgotten. Atomic weapons are terrifying things, and talk of using them should be a taboo subject. A week or so ago, I found myself reading Agatha Christie’s 80th, and penultimate, book, “Passenger to Frankfurt,” and its relevance to today struck me. The book was published in 1970, with the subtitle “an extravaganza,” is an utter failure and Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
- Newspapers and Magazines

Act Globally, Think Locally!

The looming military conflict between the US and North Korea contains a double danger. Although both sides, the US and North Korea, are for sure bluffing, not counting on an actual nuclear exchange, rhetoric never functions as mere rhetoric but can always run out of control. Furthermore, as many commentators have noticed, the weird thing is that Trump decided to occupy a position symmetrical to Kim Jong Un, raising the stakes in the game. This Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
- Newspapers and Magazines

Zizek’s Newspaper and Magazine Publications

2017 2017 September 11th, Korean nuclear tension: Apocalypse… almost now, RT. 2017 August 21st, Act Globally, Think Locally! The Philosophical Salon. 2017 July 9th, The problem with Venezuela’s revolution is that it didn’t go far enough, Independent. Why was there no Venezuelan left to provide an authentic radical alternative to Chavez and Maduro? 2017 June 26th, Recent European movements are working to get rid of the left – Corbyn should beware their underhanded tactics, Independent. Recall how, in the Read more…

By Ippolit Belinski, ago
- Newspapers and Magazines

How did Trump really end up clashing with North Korea? By pursuing two contradictory foreign policies at the same time

The looming military conflict between the US and North Korea contains a double danger. Although both countries are for sure bluffing, and not anticipating an actual nuclear exchange, rhetoric never functions as mere rhetoric but can always run out of control. Furthermore, as many commentators have noticed, the weird thing is that Trump decided to occupy a position symmetrical to Kim Jong-un, raising the stakes in the game. This escalation more and more resembles the Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
- Newspapers and Magazines

The problem with Venezuela’s revolution is that it didn’t go far enough

Back in the early 1970s, in a note to the CIA advising them how to undermine the democratically elected Chilean government of Salvador Allende, Henry Kissinger wrote succinctly: “Make the economy scream.” High US representatives are openly admitting that today the same strategy is applied in Venezuela: former US Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger said on Fox News that Chavez’s appeal to the Venezuelan people “only works so long as the population of Venezuela sees Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
- Newspapers and Magazines

Slavoj Žižek on Peter Sloterdijk: The revolution does take place, just differently

Peter Sloterdijk is one of the most accurate diagnosticians of our time. In his work Rage and Time, from the distinction between Eros (desire, that is the desire to possess, that is the possession of objects) and Thymos (pride, that is giving-willing, that is recognition) he offers an alternative history of the West – that is, as history of anger management. The “Iliad”, its founding text, begins in fact with the word “anger.” Homer calls the goddess Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
- Newspapers and Magazines

Recent European movements are working to get rid of the left – Corbyn should beware their underhanded tactics

An old Chinese curse is “May you live in interesting times!” – interesting times are the times of troubles, confusion and suffering. And it seems that in some “democratic” countries, we are lately witnessing a weird phenomenon which proves that we live in interesting times: a candidate emerges and wins elections as it were from nowhere, in a moment of confusion building a movement around his name – both Berlusconi and Macron exploded like this. Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
- Lectures

Populism as a way to disavow social antagonism (May 2017)

Student organization/freethinkers collective ‘t Zal Wel Gaan and Vooruit are bringing Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek to Ghent – as part of the Antagonistic Festival. He is affiliated with the University of Ljubljana, New York and London and has published numerous books on various topics such as German idealism, ideology criticism, film theory, psychoanalysis and even quantum physics. The general public mainly knows Žižek for his analyses of popular culture and his criticism of capitalism. Using Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago