First As Tragedy, Then As Farce
From the tragedy of 9/11 to the farce of the financial meltdown.
Billions of dollars have been hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?
In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj Zizek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch-making events of the first decade of this century. What he finds is the old one-two punch of history: the jab of tragedy, the right hook of farce. In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism dies twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory.
First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is a call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - StephenBarkley - LibraryThing
The write-up on the back cover sounded compelling. The tragedy referred to in the title was the events of 9/11. The farce was the economic collapse of 2008. Taken together, these events signal the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - librarianbryan - LibraryThing
Gah. This was enjoyable but it is hardly igniting a new Left (or something). Zizek's psychoanalytic arsenal makes for fun perversions of right-wing writers to make is his case for the communist idea ... Read full review
The Lessons of the First Decade
1 Its Ideology Stupid
2 The Communist Hypothesis