AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Slavoj Žižek

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Friday, December 13th, 2013

Why aren’t we discussing Mandela’s Politics?

Now that the first week after Mandela’s death is coming to a close, we’re finally beginning to see more critical obituaries, or at the very least nuanced accounts, and a gradual abandonment of hagiography. Of course, idealistic elements will remain for quite a while (if not forever), and even that vainglorious cynic Slavoj Žižek can’t help but reference “his

Friday, February 8th, 2013

Philosophy and Dancing Outside the European Tradition

A couple of weeks ago Hamid Dabashi’s article “Can Non-Europeans Think?” was making the usual hype motions on the web. The New York-based Iranian professor took righteous offense at Santiago Zambala’s list of the “important and active philosophers today,” which...

Saturday, May 12th, 2012

First as tragedy, then as farce

What is it with the conviction, that you can save yourself and the world by shopping? Last week the tony Canadian chain, Holt Renfrew, began selling “the bag that can change the world.” For just $50, consumers...

Monday, June 27th, 2011

The “Fall” of Capital

On May 18th, Slavoj Žižek, Mamdouh Habashi, Samir Amin, David Harvey and Zygmunt Bauman participated in a roundtable entitled “Meaning of Maghreb?” during the Decolonization: New Emancipatory Struggles conference in Croatia. Largely focused on Egypt (the moderator explained...

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Wikileaks and “the ultimate show of power’

Slavoj Žižek, in a piece about Wikileaks, for the London Review of Books. The ultimate show of power on the part of the ruling ideology is to allow what appears to be powerful criticism. There is no lack...