Rage, Rebellion, New Power (podcast)

http://zizekpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/ragerebellionnewpower.mp3 [Abstract by Mosse Lectures (translated by Ippolit Belinski):] The relationship of rage, rebellion and new power forms a kind of dialectical triad of the revolutionary process. In the beginning there are the more or less chaotic outbursts of rage, the dissatisfaction of the people, which they demonstrate more or less violently; however unorganized and without a clear goal. Once this potential of rage is organized, the result is, with a minimum of organization, a more[ …]

Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, with Stephen Kotkin (podcast)

[Video version available here.] http://media.nypl.org/audio/LIVE_2015-3-31_Kotkin_and_Zizek.mp3 Books by Kotkin STEPHEN KOTKIN: I think there are a lot of people out there, but I can’t see anyone. Which is fortunate. I get stage fright. I have to thank Jean Strouse again for the year at the Cullman Center. There are many pages of this book that would not be in there had it not been for the New York Public Library’s collection, and I am very grateful.[ …]

The Absolute Recoil (podcast)

Talk: http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/archive/audio/2013_05_10_BIH/2013_05_12_The%20Actuality%20of%20the%20Absolute_Slavoj%20Zizek_talk.mp3 Q&A: http://backdoorbroadcasting.net/archive/audio/2013_05_10_BIH/2013_05_12_The%20Actuality%20of%20the%20Absolute_Slavoj%20Zizek_questions.mp3 [Abstract from Birkbeck:] Hegel is the ultimate bête noire of the last two centuries of philosophy:proponents of Lebensphilosophie, existentialists from Kierkegaard onwards, materialists, historicists, analytic philosophers and empiricists, Marxists, traditional liberals, religious moralists, deconstructionists and Deleuzians, they all define themselves through different modalities of rejecting Hegel. But when enemies start to speak the same language, it is a reliable sign that something is eluding them all. So what if something happens in[ …]

Slavoj Zizek and ‘The Year of Dreaming Dangerously’, interview with Anna Maria Tremonti

[Abstract from CBC:] Come with us on a journey, through the logic, the musings, and the divergent thoughts of a philosopher with rock star status. Slavoj Zizek examines the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring and everything from HBO’s ‘The Wire’ to Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. […] Anna Maria Tremonti: Now, you know, I’ve got another clip I want you to hear. I was in Victoria, British Columbia, where municipal officials from around the province[ …]

Communist Absconditus (podcast)

http://zizekpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/communistabsconditus.mp3 [Abstract from EGS:] Slavoj Žižek talking about the European debt crisis, the revolutions of 2011, and where things stand now. In this lecture Slavoj Žižek discusses the concepts of exploitation, unemployment, the Arab Spring and Occupy Wall Street in relationship to Yanis Varoufakis’s “Global Minotaur,” Keynesianism, deficits, Paul Volker, Fredric Jameson, surplus value, recognition, T.J. Clark, Basic Income, Philippe van Parijs, Michael Hardt, Antonio Negri, Alain Badiou, Walter Benjamin, Karl Marx, Hegel focusing on[ …]

Let Us Demand the Impossible: Communism (podcast)

[The video of this talk is available here and on YouTube.] http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/fodi_slavojzizek_full.mp3 [Abstract by ABC:] In the late 90s, political theorists, economists and politicians were talking confidently about the end of history and the undisputed triumph of liberal “democratic” capitalism. Communism was written off as dead and buried. But after 9/11, the GFC, the Arab Spring, and the protests spreading over Europe, the ideological gloss of capitalism may be beginning to fade. If the alternative is[ …]

A Lacanian Plea for Fundamentalism

https://slought.org/download?file=%2Fmedia%2Ffiles%2F1039-2000-09-18-1-zizek.mp3   Let me begin with a brief introduction to the notion of the so-called “big other” as the symbolic substance of being, as it were the symbolic space within which we human beings dwell. People usually think about symbolic rules regulating social interaction, but I think it is much more productive to focus on another aspect of what Lacan calls the “big other”. The intricate cobweb of unwritten implicit rules. Their never explicitly stated,[ …]