Living in the End Times with Slavoj Zizek
Political theorist and psychoanalyst Slavoj Zizek has been called “The Elvis cultural theory” and “The most dangerous philosopher in the West”. By using a blend of psychoanalytic theory, political philosophy, jokes, and Hitchcock film references, Zizek has published over 30 books of philosophy. His criticisms have focused on everything from global capitalism to Islamic fundamentalism. Accordingly, his main target is dominant forms of political ideology—which he has criticized through discussions of chocolate laxatives, Ridley Scott’s film “Alien”, and the structure European toilets. Though, despite his frequent “off the wall” references, the philosopher is dead-serious about his stances.
Recently, Zizek hosted an engaging television documentary in the Netherlands, in which he discuses—through his critical perspective—current geo-political conflicts, global warming, and the financial crisis, among other relevant topics.
In the spirit of bringing challenging perspectives to current events, NJP has provided the full television show, here, in video clips. [Note: only the intro is in Dutch, the remaining program is in English].
Zizek begins with a critique of the current economic crisis, citing it as the crisis of “liberal democracy”, itself.