Is Žižek a rightist?
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According to World Socialist Web Site, Žižek is now a member of the European New Right. Welcome, Žižek
>The starting point of Žižek’s tirades are the events of New Year’s Eve in Cologne, which he terms an “obscene carnival of the lower classes.” The incidents in Cologne have been systematically blown out of proportion by the media in order to whip up a hysterical campaign against immigrants and Muslims. To date, there is no evidence that anything happened other than what regularly takes place in similar mass gatherings where much alcohol is involved.
>...[Žižek] repeatedly warns the readers of Der Spiegel not to be swayed by sympathy for the fate of refugees. “Even if many immigrants are more or less victims who have fled from devastated countries, this does not prevent them behaving despicably.” And, “The fact that someone is at the bottom, does not make them automatically a voice of morality and justice.”
>The assumption that “behind the vicious circle of desire, envy and hatred” (feelings he sweepingly ascribes to immigrant youth) there lies “any deeper human core of global solidarity” Žižek calls “part of a naive, humanist metaphysics.”
>He fumes against “the politically correct liberal left,” which is mobilizing its resources to downplay the incident in Cologne, and refers to “efforts to enlighten immigrants” as “breathtaking stupidity.” They did not behave out of ignorance in Cologne, but “because they want to violate our sensitivities.”
>Following one of his idols, the French philosopher and Maoist Alain Badiou, Žižek divides mankind into “three kinds of subjects”–a “Western, ‘civilized, bourgeois, liberal-democratic subject”; “those who do not belong to the West and who are obsessed by their longing for the West”; and finally, “those fascistic nihilists whose envy of the West is transformed into a deadly self-destructive hatred.”
>The colonialist model of this scheme is obvious. On one side, the civilized West and the local elites who are obsessed with the “longing for the West”; on the other side, the barbarian savages whom the West must bring under control in cooperation with the local elites—the “white man’s burden”, as it was called by Rudyard Kipling. Under the banner of such conceptions, the imperialist powers have committed unspeakable crimes in the past 150 years and massacred millions of people.
>Žižek’s practical conclusions go exactly in this direction, as he explained in more detail in his interview with Die Welt. They would garner him applause at any Pegida rally and qualify him for membership in the far-right Alternative for Germany.
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So... I implore you to bear with me here /lit/. Of the books on my reading list I thought I'd give Lolita a go, however I was very tired, and thought I'd watch the 1887 movie first, having been directed by Kubrik and being a fan of Mr. Irons. I've just finished watching the movie and I am left... Bewildered and bereft. What concerns me is that I don't exactly know why. The ending was bizzare to say the least but it wasn't the most shocking film I'd ever seen by any means. Why am I left hurt? I don't understand. What I mean is why this movie, of any to do this to me?
I am interested in the portrayal of these characters, is the book any different from the story presented to us in the movie?
Also Humbert repeatedly tells us how much he loved the girl, but did he really? Or was he in love (obsessed) with the idea of her? Not the she was a child obviously, though I understand that is a major theme but what she ultimately represented?
Why was he so obsessed with her?
Hold me, /lit/,
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Let's see those Friday morning bookshelves, and have some cozy literary discussions.
Currently reading the two on the right, but I've been flipping through some other shorter works recently (some of Borges short stories, Orwell essays, The New York Trilogy, and the odd Shakespeare poem).
Any suggestions for someone starting to feel burnt out on reading? I haven't run into this problem before. What do you anons find works best? Just push forward and get through it, switch to reading shorter stuff, or take a break to recoup your drive?