Zizek, A Philosophical Whirlwind

The thinker defends 'literocracy' and 'democratic terror' and criticizes Europe's ecological cynicism and hypocrisy with refugees.

The head of Slavoj Zizek (Ljubljana, 1949) is a volcano. Your mind works at the speed of light. As the Ramones chained their subjects, this Slovenian thinker, iconoclastic and a little punk, lures provocative ideas into a vortex difficult to follow and to digest. Hyperactive, frantically loquacious, full of tics, in his humorous English of intense Slavic accent he diagnoses the evils and challenges of connected society.

Jump from video games to hypercontrol of Google, Amazon or Facebook. From 'The games of hunger' to the black novel by Vázquez Montalbán or Camilleri. From digital capitalism to the risks of genetic selection, "from which a new slavery will arise". It embodies concepts like "democratic terror" or "consumerist Stalinism" that set the tone for the new and disconcerting world "that technology is changing and in which we have to redefine the essence of the human being".

Zizek criticizes the European countries' optimistic hypocrisy in the face of the grave refugee crisis or its ecological cynicism "sending its nuclear waste outside the Schegen borders" with the same passion. It defends 'literocracy' based on the combination of randomness and popular control as the backbone of a new 'bureaucratic socialism' that accommodates 'democratic terror' in 'that control must operate between equals'. Of Lacanian formation, convinced Marxist, Zizek is the philosopher of fashion. His daring theses seduce the young Europeans, especially those of the left, subsection 'may' in Spain and 'syrizite' in Greece.

Unlike his elegant "friends" Varoufakis and Assange, he wore a disheveled T-shirt and jeans. In her talks, like the one he gave Wednesday in Madrid, the queues look like a concert by Lady Gaga. In them Zizek defends a shocking concept of "necessary bureaucracy for a new democratic order" that mixes "Stalinism and chance." "For bureaucratic socialism to work, it must have something that we could call a 'lottery,' which the Greeks already practiced by drawing lots from public offices, as jurors are chosen."

"The form of control is democratic terror, a real popular power that does not paralyze you, but that makes you afraid of your equals, because the bureaucracy, as Stalin knew, works best if you feel terrified," he says in a talk with journalists In the Reina Sofía Museum, where he will present a conference on the deaths and resurrections of fascism entitled 'Lessons from the airpocalypse'. Consumed half an hour, he still answered the first question. Earlier he had asked the questions not to include the words 'Brexit', Le Pen, Macron and Trump 'because it is very boring'.

China and Russia are anticipating the future that awaits us, "consumerist Stalinism" and the new "digital capitalism" in which Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk, the founders of Faceboock, PayPal and Tesla, "are far more dangerous than Trump." (Google translation)
by MIGUEL LORENCI Friday, 30 June 2017, 10:18 from Laverdad


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