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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce - Slavoj Zizek
First As Tragedy, Then As Farce
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781844674282 (1844674282)
ASIN: 1844674282
Publisher: Verso
Pages no: 158
Edition language: English
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Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd
Philosophical Musings of a Book Nerd rated it
4.5 The New Aristocracy
The title of this book comes from a quote from Hegel (whom Zizek references quite a lot throughout this text) in relation to the collapse of the German aristocracy in the mid-nineteenth century. The reason for the statement was that historical events always happen in pairs – the first is a tragedy (...
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AC rated it
Very interesting - honest, if nothing else. This turns out to be an excellent entry point for anyone trying to find their way into Zizek
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XOX rated it
Really good analysis and criticism for the capitalism in the modern age, and the 2008 financial crisis. He is very straight and direct about his criticism. He is a thinker, and he really read about it, know about it, before he speak about it, and commends them on paper.One of my friends who said she...
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