Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek is international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015 - 9:00am
Greece: The Courage of Hopelessness
The Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben said in an interview that "thought is the courage of hopelessness" - an insight which is especially pertinent for our historical moment when even the most pessimist diagnostics as a rule finishes with an uplifting hint at some version of the proverbial light...
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 1:15pm
On the Charlie Hebdo Massacre: Are the Worst Really Full of Passionate Intensity?
Now, when we are all in a state of shock after the killing spree in the Charlie Hebdo offices, it is the right moment to gather the courage to think. We should, of course, unambiguously condemn the killings as an attack on the very substance our freedoms, and condemn them without any hidden caveats...
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Monday, February 10, 2014 - 2:32pm
Anger in Bosnia, But This Time the People Can Read Their Leaders' Ethnic Lies
Last week, cities were burning in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It all began in Tuzla, a city with a Muslim majority.
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Monday, December 9, 2013 - 7:51am
If Nelson Mandela Really Had Won, He Wouldn't Be Seen as a Universal Hero
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Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 9:59am
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot's Prison Letters to Slavoj Žižek
2 January 2013 Dear Nadezhda, I hope you have been able to organise your life in prison around small rituals that make it tolerable, and that you have time to read. Here are my thoughts on your predicament.
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Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 12:36pm
Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange: Our New Heroes
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Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 8:19am
Zero Dark Thirty: Hollywood's Gift to American Power
Here is how, in a letter to the LA Times , Kathryn Bigelow justified Zero Dark Thirty's depicting of the torture methods used by government agents to catch and kill Osama bin Laden:
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Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 2:02pm
The West's Crisis is One of Democracy as Much as Finance
In one of the last interviews before his fall, Nicolae Ceausescu was asked by a western journalist how he justified the fact that Romanian citizens could not travel freely abroad although freedom of movement was guaranteed by the constitution. His answer was in the best tradition of Stalinist sophistry: true, the constitution guarantees freedom of movement, but it also guarantees the right to a safe, prosperous home.
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Friday, November 16, 2012 - 7:36am
Why Obama is More than Bush with a Human Face
How did Barack Obama win re-election? The philosopher Jean-Claude Milner recently proposed the notion of the "stabilising class": not the old ruling class, but all who are committed to the stability and continuity of the existing social, economic and political order – the class of those who, even when they call for a change, do so to ensure that nothing really will change. The key to electoral success in today's developed states is winning over this class.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 11:10am
Occupy Wall Street: What Is To Be Done... Next?
What to do in the aftermath of the Occupy Wall Street movement, when the protests that started far away – in the Middle East, Greece, Spain, UK – reached the center, and are now reinforced and rolling out all around the world?
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