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Sinicisation

When Alain Badiou claims that democracy is our fetish, this statement is to be taken in the precise Freudian sense, not just to mean that we elevate democracy into an untouchable Absolute. ‘Democracy’ is the last thing we see before confronting the ‘lack’ constitutive of the social field, the fact Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
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When the Party Commits Suicide

[Extract. Appeared in New Left Review I/238, November-December 1999] Finally, in the deluge of the conservative-liberal ‘Black Books’ on Stalinist ‘totalitarianism’, a work which not only meets the highest standards of historical research, but also enables us to grasp the unique social dynamics that culminated in the great purges of the Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago
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Revolution must strike twice

[Review of [amazon asin=0841914125&text=Lenin by Hélène Carrère d’Encausse], translated by George Holoch. Holmes & Meier] The Left is undergoing a shattering experience: the progressive movement is being compelled to reinvent its whole project. What tends to be forgotten, however, is that a similar experience gave birth to Leninism. Consider Lenin’s Read more…

By Slavoj Žižek, ago

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