Sentences (#16)

Zizek hasn’t quite got there yet, but NRx is clearly where he’s heading:

It’s my belief that modern capitalism is developing in a direction in which it functions better without a fully developed democracy.

Some additional snippets: “I think what we are feeling is not a question of yes or no to capitalism, but that of the future of our Western democracy. Something dark is forming on the horizon and the first wind storms have already reached us. … The rise of the so-called capitalism with Asian values in the past 10 years at the very least raises doubts and questions: What if authoritarian capitalism on the Chinese model is an indication that liberal democracy as we understand it is no longer a condition for, and driving force of, economic development and instead stands in its way? … The 20th century is over.”

(Of course, this is mainly trolling by a “eurocentric leftist” — but one who (though demented) is perceptive enough to let things creep in.)

April 2, 2015admin 9 Comments »
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  • Brett Stevens Says:

    My take on Zizek is that he’s a hesitant Nietzschean. He knows that you cannot come out and say the truth and be enfranchised in the system. Much like Houellebecq, he enters from the edges and lets the conclusion suddenly appear as if not by his own hand. Reminds me of the later Platonic dialogues (a.k.a. “the paranoid years of Democracy”).


    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    The intriguing part about Zizek to me is his appearance. The curious part is not that he is disheveled, but how consistent in appearance his dishevelment is.

    If he falls out of bed every morning, it’s the same side every time.

    There is a hilarious poem (I use the term lightly – poem, not hilarious) – criticizing him for his dishevelment. Something about a comb.

    My impression is that he uses a comb a lot. That manic coif doesn’t coif itself.


    NRx_N00B Reply:

    I’m pretty sure he combs is hair with a pork chop.


    Posted on April 2nd, 2015 at 2:09 pm Reply | Quote
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  • TheOnlyAustralianInBrit/pol/#fucker Says:

    “Hitler wasn’t radical or violent enough.”

    He can’t help himself.


    Posted on April 2nd, 2015 at 2:47 pm Reply | Quote
  • Hegemonizing Swarm Says:

    He voices it very well how an old leftist feels, versus both the onslaught of neoliberalism and the new left with it’s forced tolerance toward parties that don’t tolerate back.

    Of course, without coming up with any solutions… “My answer is to struggle.” Maybe you’re right and this just a few cynical steps from the path to NRx.

    > And this is where the emancipatory violence applies: The only possibility for autonomy is uprooting, tearing one’s self out of the community’s pressure to conform

    This has been the dream of “integration” forever in Europe. By now, we can say it has not worked. The uprooting doesn’t happen nearly enough to create “a higher leading culture that regulates the way in which the subcultures interact”. It’s not just a slow process, it goes the other way around.

    > We feel too guilty in Europe — our multicultural tolerance is the effluent of a bad conscience, of a guilt complex that could cause Europe to perish.

    Yes. The guilt complex about what “we” have done in the past creates an extreme sensitivity to emotional manipulation. “we” have to pay for every disaster in the world, every but of injustice, every bit of suffering that happens anywhere, and accept every refugee.


    Posted on April 3rd, 2015 at 9:14 am Reply | Quote
  • Hanfeizi Says:

    “He voices it very well how an old leftist feels, versus both the onslaught of neoliberalism and the new left with it’s forced tolerance toward parties that don’t tolerate back.”

    Most of the NRx I know are disaffected ex-leftists, often of a Trotskyite persuasion (and, in some ways, the ex-Trotskyite turned not-quite-neocon Christopher Hitchens always seemed to be groping towards something like NRx, but not quite able to make the leap). The idea that Zizek would be walking the same path isn’t absurd- it’s practically inevitable.


    Erebus Reply:

    Yukio Mishima — in my opinion the most noble and sincere man of the latter half of the 20th century — once said: “Opposites carried to extremes come to resemble each other; and things that are farthest removed from each other, by increasing the distance between them, come closer together. This is the secret that the ouroboros expounds.”

    …I believe that this can sometimes be seen in the various affinities between the outer-right and the outer-left. (Accelerationism, for instance, seems to suit the outer-right and the outer-left just fine, but should mortify everybody else.) That Zizek could make the leap to NRx does, indeed, seem plausible. Maybe even probable.


    Izak Reply:

    I might be wrong on this, but I feel like saying uncomfortable truths has been Zizek’s gimmick for years. He creates a rich psychodrama where people ask, “Is he one of the bad guys? Oh, oh, I just don’t know!” and then he comes around and goes back to being the lovably ineffectual communist we always knew he was.

    Of course, if I am wrong, it will be fun to watch the transition really happen.


    Posted on April 3rd, 2015 at 9:45 pm Reply | Quote

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