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Quote it Like You Stole It: Living in the End Times Part 3

Chapter 5: Acceptance The final chapter, excluding the paperback afterword – which I’ll not be covering – opens by discussing three sites of truth in contemporary life: political commitments, the economic sphere and scientific knowledge. Zizek points towards the inarticulation these generate; that, despite the wealth of information and significantion there is a distinct lack […]

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Quote it Like you Stole It: Living in the End Times Part 2

Chapter 3: Bargaining In Chapter 3, Zizek  ambitiously ponder whether Marx might not be divided into a later, non Marxist “Marx” and the earlier, less impressive version. Put another way, we have a problematization of utopian thought based around Marx’s theory of exploitation. It’s a shame that the reading of natural capitalism, found in afterword, […]

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Quote it Like you Stole it: Living in the End Times Part 1

With ‘Quote it Like you Stole it’ I want to go back a little to the original intentions of this blog: to disseminate and debate leftist theoretical ideas in the soundbyte age.  Here, I’m going to start again by talking about the ideas in Zizek’s Living in the End Times, a book that should have […]

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Why Prosperity Without Growth Didn’t Work For Me

Reading Prosperity Without Growth – Tim Jackson’s highly praised discussion about achieving some variant of capitalism which doesn’t produce unsustainable resource consumption – took far too long. It’s not a complicated book and it’s not a long one, but the incoherency and general sense of futility it produces made the reading process longer that it […]

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Thoughts on Domenico Losurdo’s Liberalism

Liberalism is a great book. Like many great books it picks an audacious, painfully obvious question and attacks it relentlessly with courage and intelligence. Here, the question is simplw: why were the countries with the strongest liberal traditions (Britain, the US, France) simultaneously those most embroiled in the slave trade? And, simultaneously, how did the […]

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In Favour of Strife: Two Reviews

Apologies to all for the delays. To begin with, two reviews. On the chopping board this week are Barbara Ehrenreich’s Smile or Die: How Positive Thinking Fooled America and the World and A Very British Strike: 3rd May – 12th May 1926 by Ann Perkins. While I didn’t expect it, both books contain interesting lessons […]

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Drones, John Gray, and What it Means to be Modern

In 2003 John Gray wrote a book called  ‘Al-Qaeda: On What it Means to be Modern’.  For Gray, modern refers to the idea of progress, reason, science, and the inevitability of eventual utopia. Far from improving humanity, Gray argues, these ideas are inextricably linked with the mass slaughters of the twentieth century, principally Nazism and […]

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