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Iraq’s False Promises

If you want to understand why the Bush administration invaded Iraq, read Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams, not the National Security Strategy of the United States. Only the twisted logic of dreams can explain why the United States thinks that the aggressive pursuit of contradictory goals — promoting democracy, affirming U.S. Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
Articles

Knight of the Living Dead

SINCE the release of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed’s dramatic confessions, moral outrage at the extent of his crimes has been mixed with doubts. Can his claims be trusted? What if he confessed to more than he really did, either because of a vain desire to be remembered as the big terrorist Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
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The empty wheelbarrow

From my communist youth, I still remember the formula, endlessly repeated in official proclamations to mark the “unity of all progressive forces”: “workers, peasants and honest intellectuals” – as if intellectuals are, by their very nature, suspicious, all too free-floating, lacking a solid social and professional identity, so that they Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
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Knee-Deep

The fate of a Slovene Communist revolutionary serves as a perfect metaphor for the twists of Stalinism. In 1943, when Italy capitulated, he led a rebellion of Yugoslav prisoners in a concentration camp on the Adriatic island of Rab: 2000 starving prisoners disarmed 2200 Italian soldiers. After the war, he Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
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Parallax

Henning Mankell’s recent series of police procedurals set in the southern Swedish town of Ystad, with Inspector Kurt Wallander as their hero, is a perfect illustration of the fate of the detective novel in the era of global capitalism. The main effect of globalisation on detective fiction is discernible in Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago