Slavoj Zizek

Žižek On Pussy Riot

by on August 8, 2012

…and on the Prick Riot at the Kremlin

Pussy Riot members accused of blasphemy and hatred of religion? The answer is easy: the true blasphemy is the state accusation itself, formulating as a crime of religious hatred something which was clearly a political act of protest against the ruling clique. Recall Brecht’s old quip from his Beggars’ Opera: “What is the robbing of a bank compared to the founding of


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The Julian Assange Show: with Slavoj Žižek and David Horowitz

by on April 24, 2012

I haven’t watched this yet, so I can’t speak to its merit. I can’t think of a time when Žižek has been directly pitted against a right-wing crank in debate though. Hopefully it has its moments.

Slavoj Zizek and David Horowitz are the guests for the second episode of Julian Assange’s interview show, “The World Tomorrow”. “Intellectual superstar” Slavoj Zizek is a philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural commentator. David Horowitz is


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Backdoor Broadcasting Company

by on April 1, 2012

The Backdoor Broadcasting Company is a two-pronged mobile recording and podcast operation based in Oxford, England. The “Academic Service” records lectures, symposia, and conferences throughout the UK and makes them available as free podcasts. The “Sound Experiment” wing does the same with new and experimental music, sound art, and “sonic events.” Archives for both are extensive, ranging from such topics as religion in 18-century Norfolk to Islam’s influence on jazz, …
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Slavoj Žižek and Fredric Jameson on The Wire

by on March 2, 2012

Slavoj Žižek and Fredric Jameson on The Wire

Last week, Slavoj Žižek—the clown prince of contemporary Marxist philosophy, star of The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema, scene-stealer of Examined Life, and subject of the celebrated documentary Žižek!—spoke at the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities on a subject he was born to tackle: The Wire. The audio of the lecture is now online, and if, like me, you enjoy not only discussion


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Perennial Sluts

by on February 21, 2012

Gardening with Žižek

My relationship towards tulips is inherently Lynchian. I think they are disgusting. Just imagine. Aren’t these some kind of, how do you call it, vagina dentata, dental vaginas threatening to swallow you? I think that flowers are something inherently disgusting. I mean, are people aware what a horrible thing these flowers are? I mean, basically it’s an open invitation to all insects and bees, “Come and screw


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Valentine’s Day with Slavoj Žižek

by on February 14, 2012

True love is seeing eternal beauty in a vulgar, everyday person.


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Žižek’s Winner: “The Last Capitalist”

by on November 17, 2011

The book publisher Verso recently held a film contest asking for one-minute responses to Žižek’s latest book, Living in the End Times. The author chose this short by Jamie Jones & Liam Saint Pierre as the winning entry.

THE LAST CAPITALIST from jamie jones on Vimeo.…
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Slavoj Žižek on Al-Jazeera: “Now the field is open”

by on October 30, 2011

Žižek begins this conversation by noting that the self-evidence of our political-economic system has broken down and “now the field is open” for deeper and wider ranging discussion (Žižek in fact praises the Occupy Wall St movement for refusing to close this opening by submitting to the call for demands). Also discussed: the “authentic tragedy” of 20th-century communism; provoking “liberal friends”; the distinction between physical violence and social or systemic …
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Slavoj Žižek at Occupy Wall Street

by on October 9, 2011

Note: Because authorities will not permit any form of amplification (nor tents or shelters) at Zuccotti Park in Manhattan, occupiers have devised a “human microphone.” It’s endearing how the crowd attempts to capture Ž’s intonation. For those puzzled by the hand movements of participants, that’s called “twinkling.”

The second clip below. …
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Žižek on Revolutionary Violence

by on April 19, 2011

The good folks over at Jacobin have just run an excerpt from Žižek’s Living in the End Times (out this April in paperback from Verso), in which the irrepressible and inimitable Slovenian juggernaut holds forth on the vexing matter of violence.

Citing Badiou, Žižek determines that democratic procedures, under capitalist conditions, conceal the further perpetuation of institutional domination (or violence) over the oppressed: “In “democratic” procedures (which, of course, …
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