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Žižek and Liberal Democracy

Slavoj Zizek

Fabio Vighi and Heiko Feldner write:

[Slavoj] Žižek believes that, today, any genuine and legitimate anticapitalist stance must be complemented by an attack on liberal democracy, on the grounds that holding on to the latter functions as a blackmail against the implementations of radical political projects.  (Vighi and Feldner, 291)

Žižek’s point here is worth pondering, as it disturbs the fundamental boundaries of the standard leftist position today.  If the Left continues to adhere to the current democratic parameters (liberal democracy alied with global capitalism), it will face the same political deadlock ad infinitum-which means the Left will keep advocating a distributive justice that systematically fails to engender political passion whereas the Right will keep mobilizing various forms of obscene enjoyment (racism, proto-Fascist nationalisms, etc.).  (292)


Vighi, Fabio and Heiko Feldner.  “Pathological Attachments: Slavoj Žižek on Anticapitalism and Liberal Democracy.”  Rethinking Marxism 21, no. 2 (April 2009): 290-97.


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