Here are a few memorable but fragmentary thoughts (“Thought Clips”) inspired by this interview with Slavoj Zizek, an uncommon and titillating thinker, a super-star theoretician re-asserting Marxism’s relevance and redemptive potential.
Thought Clip #1: In order to destroy our governing ideologies, we must first destroy ourselves — more precisely, we should destroy within ourselves that which binds us to our ideologies.
Thought Clip #2: Idealogy is everything that prevents us from experiencing life as it is.
Thought Clip #3: Every act of violence results from failures of imagination and language.
Thought Clip #4: Every fascism is a failed revolution. Since 2008, we have inflated the revolutionary spirit and then engineered its collapse into disenchantment and a sheer exhaustion of the radical imagination. That’s a prelude to the rise of fascism, a familiar path well-trodden by trail-blazing false messiahs.