First as Tragedy, Then as Farce #2020

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce By Slavoj Žižek First as Tragedy Then as Farce 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 addressi
  • Title: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce
  • Author: Slavoj Žižek
  • ISBN: 9781844674282
  • Page: 466
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  • First as Tragedy, Then as Farce By Slavoj Žižek 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 i ek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch making events oBillions 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 i ek 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.
    First as Tragedy, Then as Farce By Slavoj Žižek First as Tragedy, Then as Farce The Collapse of the May , First as Tragedy, Then as Farce The Collapse of the Sanders Campaign and the Fusionist Left By Angela Nagle and Michael Tracey I n the aftermath of the collapse of the Bernie Sanders campaign, there have been many calls for serious reflection each immediately followed by comforting explanations that negate any serious reflection. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce Zizek, Slavoj 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 The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Slavoj i ek The reason for the statement was that historical events always happen in pairs the first is a tragedy in reference to the collapse of the French aristocracy and the second time it occurs it is farcical. First as Tragedy, then as Farce Bracing Views Apr , W.J Astore Perhaps you ve heard the saying that history repeats itself first as tragedy and then as farce Karl Marx used it to describe Napoleon s cataclysmic reign followed by the far less momentous and far ignominious reign of his nephew, Napoleon III. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Slavoj Zizek About First as Tragedy, Then as Farce The leading philosopher of our time tackles the demise of liberalism, from the tragedy of to the farce of the financial meltdown Billions of dollars were hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. First As Tragedy, Then As Farce by Slavoj Zizek 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. First as Tragedy, Then as Fascism Alex Amend Sep , First as Tragedy, Then as Fascism Ecologist Garrett Hardin s enduring gift to the nativist right History Repeats Itself, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce History Repeats Itself, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce First thing I noticed was the author s admiration of the Trumpsters as well as his admiration for the brave souls that attended Trump
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    1. Slavoj Žižek

      Slavoj i ek is a Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia then part of SFR Yugoslavia He received a Doctor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana and studied psychoanalysis at the University of Paris VIII with Jacques Alain Miller and Fran ois Regnault In 1990 he was a candidate with the party Liberal Democracy of Slovenia for Presidency of the Republic of Slovenia an auxiliary institution, abolished in 1992 Since 2005, i ek has been a member of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts i ek is well known for his use of the works of 20th century French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan in a new reading of popular culture He writes on many topics including the Iraq War, fundamentalism, capitalism, tolerance, political correctness, globalization, subjectivity, human rights, Lenin, myth, cyberspace, postmodernism, multiculturalism, post marxism, David Lynch, and Alfred Hitchcock In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pa s he jokingly described himself as an orthodox Lacanian Stalinist In an interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now he described himself as a Marxist and a Communist.

    435 thoughts on “First as Tragedy, Then as Farce”

    1. The Wolf and the LambWolf, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold, resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf s right to eat him He thus addressed him Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me Indeed, bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of voice, I was not then born Then said the Wolf, You feed in my pasture No, good sir, replied the Lamb, I have not yet tasted grass Again said the Wolf, You drink of my well No, exclaimed the Lamb, I never y [...]


    2. To the uninitiated, i ek is a philosophical comedian, traipsing around semiotics and Gramsci and salivating over the critical analysis of pop culture This is a damned shame No doubt the man kicks ideological hornet s nests, but he very often has something intelligent to say Here is i ek for the beginner he is critical, trenchant, accessible and even a little hopeful He gives a shellacking to the repeated failures of unrestrained capitalism in the events of 2001 and the crash of 2008, but also of [...]


    3. The first line of this book is, The title of this book is intended as an elementary IQ test for the reader if the first association it generates is the vulgar anti communist clich You are right today, after the tragedy of twentieth century totalitarianism, all the talk about a return to communism can only be farcical then I sincerely advise you to stop reading here This book has two chapters, one is called, It s the Ideology, Stupid And the otherThe Communist Hypothesis I didn t really know all [...]


    4. I won t try to convince you that i ek is right, though I believe he is onto something but I would like to convince you to read this book I think it is an important little volume, for many reasons, among them being that this is an urgent i ek, the cultural critic at his most honed He is talking to you This is a very distilled, clarified i ek, almost without the heady historico philosophical digressions that bewilder some readers, myself included, in his theory based work He is not addressing som [...]


    5. We are forced to live as if we were free John GrayFirst as Tragedy, Then as Farce is my favorite work yet by i ek Despite its many passages being recycled in later works, there is a clarity here which moved me The specific grasp was i ek s viewing the newly inaugurated President Obama Certainly the philosopher fears a hegemon with a human face, he rightly critiques the vaunted 2009 speech in Cairo The philosopher then betrays himself as a sentimentalist by comparing the 2008 Obama victory with t [...]




    6. A book review A dialogue i ek The title of this book is intended as an elementary IQ test for the reader Me Wait, I just opened the book, why are you already picking a fight with me i ek if the first association it generates is the vulgar anti communist cliche You are right today, after the tragedy of twentieth century totalitarianism, all the talk about a return to communism can only be farcical then I sincerely advise you to stop here.Me But, but I was only kidding, and i ek Indeed, the book s [...]


    7. Wow, what a mind This almost feels like a Communist Manifesto for the 21st century.The premise of the book is simple Capitalism sucks, here are a lot of reasons why, and here are some reasons why we should give Communism not socialism another chance His basic question upon which he bases the whole book is a good one why is it that we have now accepted the capitalist system when only forty years ago we were still weighing other options What has happened in contemporary society i.e what has Capita [...]


    8. We live, it s clear, in the age of the problem without a solution the Manichean dilemma in which every proposition is as unconvincing as its opposite Syria, for example, has a President who should be deposed His crimes against the people he purports to rule are immense and brutal But, post Iraq post Libya, is the case so convincing Look at those who violently oppose them Would a country in which Daesh had complete control be an improvement What about the smaller groups such as the Free Syrian Ar [...]


    9. One of Zizek s most topical, readable, coherant, and reigned in books Throughout, he skewers some of the irrationalities, embedded contradictions structural global class hypocrisies embedded in international capitalism He convincingly describes the bank bailout as an amnesiac continuation of spiral descent of global financial markets, that effectively defends the institutions from any possible repercussions, and psychoanalyzes cultural and political reactions to the bailout He concludes that man [...]


    10. The New Aristocracy12 January 2015 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 in reference to the collapse of the French aristocracy and the second time it occurs it is farcical In using this reference Zizek indicated that the attacks of 9 11 were t [...]


    11. It s a kind gesture that the author admits his purported intent upfront in the introduction, this is indeed not recommended reading for anyone for whom the term communism holds immediate connotations of despotism That said, Zizek s brand of politics doesn t preclude appreciation of his writing and position, at least until the last chapter of the book What is argued for here is a revival of the radical left, against the backdrop of postmodern absurdity which, for Zizek, is best embodied by the 20 [...]


    12. The rock star philosopher of our times writes yet another book censuring the liberal democratic capitalist hegemony, using precisely its recent shows of weakness 9 11 and 2008 to drive home his single point agenda communism as the only alternative.The critique of the current order is precise But the presentation of the new order is almost you have to take it coz I am saying so This, I find, is a common thing in Zizek s books Many here have criticized the opening of the book, though my specific p [...]


    13. Firstly, this book has the worst opening paragraph of any book I ve ever read It demands that the person reading the book should stop right there and not bother, unless they already conform to a belief in communism Not only is that self defeating, it is arrogant and separatist.That aside this is a very passionate cry for communism, and does for socialism what atheism does for agnosticism It s all or nothing with Zizek which can be viewed with passion or cynicism as is your wont There is a lot of [...]


    14. This is all over the place 25% has a tendency to loop into academic circular theorizing25% dreary as communists we lost, how can we win 50% a great collection of ideas and tidbits from culture, philosophy, and history that I wouldn t have bumped into otherwise.



    15. An eye opener for those whose eyes are already slightly opened That is to say, if you have ever found yourself questioning the self evidence of capitalism as the natural economic system, you are likely to take a lot from this book Praise i ek tackles a heavy topic is capitalism really the best among imperfect economic systems Is capitalism sustainable in the sense that it can steer us past the looming ecological and financial disasters and ensure the survival and well being of the species He doe [...]


    16. This book is i ek howling into the wind I am old fashioned though and am precisely the type of reader the author warns about, the same reader he charges in the first paragraph to toss the book aside if Communism bad in his mind Well, sorry I am politically and culturally na ve Communism bad in my uneducated mind I get that Capitalism is pretty nasty in many ways too, and i ek does a good job of listing them Count me in as one of the clueless sheeple because, sorry, I count myself very lucky to e [...]


    17. Zizek s written work is like pre packaged trail mix there are parts of his thought that are brilliant and delicious, but in equal measure, there are other elements that I vehemently disagree with or find so unintelligible that I immediately want to give up reading his work First as Tragedy is not an exception to the trail mix principle In chorus with Alain Badiou, Zizek hopes to usher in a new era of anti capitalist protest leading to the overthrow or rejection of capitalism in favor of a new br [...]


    18. I bought this because it was billed, somewhere, as i ek for Beginners I probably won t read any i ek Across this book s 157 pages, i ek rambles on about capitalism, communism, liberalism, populism, radicalism, finance, the French and Haitian revolutions, religious fundamentalism, Obama, and many, many other things There was quite a bit that I found interesting, and some parts were genuinely intentionally, I hope and think funny His main argument is that liberal capitalism has died twice, first [...]


    19. Es un libro muy interesante, aunque me result algo complicado por momentos Me parece que en general estas cosas tan marxistas me marean un poco a veces Me deja la sensaci n que tiene m s categor as que ideas Tal vez si hubiera le do m s Marx, Kant, Hegel, Luk cs, Benjamin y alg n que otro Marxista hubiera entendido mejor Pero no me sent falto de formaci n, me sent falto de categor as Tampoco creo no haberlo entendido, ni siquiera me pareci un libro dif cil Pero por momentos tuve que ir m s lento [...]


    20. The only disappointing part of it all is the lack of an index.This is my fourth Zizek book I tend to stick to his current issue political texts This is by far Zizek at his best in my opinion I ve always been critical of his lack of positive theorizing while constantly emphasizing the negative I ve given him the free pass until now and it was definitely worth the wait I think the most important part of this book is that he defines Marx s term, the dictatorship of the proletariat Off of that, Zize [...]


    21. Zizek is the most popular communist intellectual in U.S history Why Because he is loud, tells potty jokes and gesticulates like a madman like, not coincidentally, all of the most popular U.S comedians e.g Carlin, Lewis Black, Dane Cook etc I don t know about you, but I am not mentally taxed whatsoever by this seemingly endless, empty rambling about various cultural phenomena without any logical connections except through Zizek s dogmatic Hegelian insight Accordingly, Zizek is basically intellect [...]


    22. As our nations prepare to meet this Friday in ferocious World Cup combat, I m familiarizing myself with what could be Slovenia s most famous export I mean, now that we re mortal enemies I gotta have something to yell at the Slovenians, right Hopefully this guy ll give me good heckling material.


    23. If I had known that Zizek was apt to compare Berlusconi to Kung Fu Panda, I d have read him earlier That said, he hustles big words when small words would do, and while his diagnosis of the financial crisis isn t wrong, it doesn t offer much in the way of practical responses.



    24. This book has given me my new favourite thought experiment the philosophical implications of whether Slavoj i ek saw Kung Fu Panda in the theater or if he went out and rented the dvd.


    25. I find it hard to review this book It is similar to Naomi Klein s Shock Doctrine in that it synthesizes contemporary history from about the fall of the actually socialist countries to the present And, it is a highly coherent synthesis in which Klein s book plays a small role But, unlike Shock Doctrine, the history theory ratio favors theory.Theoretically it is the usual mix of astounding Zizekian pyrotechnics Freud, Lacan, the usual mix of French theorists, Kant, Hegel, and Marx And as usual the [...]


    26. Zizek is probably the most engaging cultural theorist as far as writing goes The constant, surging energy of his prose as he jumps from complex ideas, to adolescent humor, to his increasingly comical inversion of other thinkers is about as entertaining as a book about Hegel and the 2008 financial collapse has any right of being There is another side to this but what if the opposite is true it is an incredibly scatter brained book It feels like a collection of half baked thoughts from his journal [...]


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