Slavoj Žižek: The Courage of Hopelessness (podcast)

[Abstract by Schauspielhaus:]

True courage is to admit that the light at the end of the tunnel is most likely the headlights of a coming train. This move has recently appeared in a fivefold form: as a new fundamentalist-terrorist threat; as geopolitical conflicts with and between new non-European powers (China and especially Russia); the rise of new, radical liberation movements in Europe (currently in Greece and Spain); as a stream of refugees across the wall separating “us” from “them”; and as the outbreak of massive populism in all industrialized countries.

It is important to see these dangers in their context – not as the five faces of one and the same enemy, but as an expression of various aspects of the same immanent “contradiction” of global capitalism.

[Delivered by at the Schauspielhaus on October 17th 2017.]

2017. Slavoj Žižek. The Courage of Hopelessness. Allen Lane.
In these troubled times, even the most pessimistic diagnosis of our future ends with an uplifting hint that things might not be as bad as all that, that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Yet, argues Slavoj Žižek, it is only when we have admit to ourselves that our situation is completely hopeless….