Zizek Delenda Est

 
Schedule Info
Session Room Time
Session 3 1.89 Sat 03:10pm - 04:50pm
Panel Proposal/Workshop Information
Panel/Workshop Year: 
2014
Abstract: 
Is Slavoj Zizek a US propaganda psyop? I want to ask my comrades on the left to consider the possibility. After years of research, I have come to the conclusion that Zizek is a charlatan posing as a "Stalinist" to both discredit communists by performing a caricature Bolshevik and simultaneously, to smuggle fascist ideas including old fashioned Aryan supremacism and 19th century race theory, back into public discourse disguised as radical left critique of liberalism. I will focus on how he exploits his radical left image to spread imperialist propaganda and disinformation. I'll trace the origins of the Zizek Industry to his first anointing by the New Left Review, then edited by (among others) Quentin Hoare and Branka Magas, Croatian Nationalists and Tudjman supporters and founders of the Bosnian Institute, as the Balkan Leftist who would initiate, in 1990, the dominant strain of imperialist propaganda about Yugoslavia, and yet further back to his career as an antiMarxist, antiCommunist "dissident" and Slovene ethnic nationalist. I will discuss the way he has influenced a generation to the point where now right wing and reactionary ideas as well as pure white house disinformation and propaganda are routinely packaged as hip "lefty" and "radical" thought.
Panel/Workshop Topics: 
Marxism, Anarchism and Theory
Media
Culture and Everyday Life
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Reading List: 
Zeev Sternhell Neither Right Nor Left; Edward Said, Orientalism; Ian Almond, The New Orientalists; Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, Race in Translation; Ishay Landa The Apprentice's Sorcerer; the works of Slavoj Zizek; Pierre Bourdieu, The Political Ontology of Martin Heidegger; Victor Klemperer, LTI; Domenico Losurdo, Liberalism: A counter history + Heidegger and the Ideology of War; Sorel, On Violence; Labica, On Violence; Hitler, My Struggle; The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion; Joly, Dialogue in Hell between Machiavelli and Montesquieue; Frances Stonor Saunders, The Cultural Cold War; US military Psychological Operations; Dusan Bjelic Balkan as Metaphor + Normalizing the Balkans; Alfred Rosenberg, The Myth of the 20th Century;
Participants

Chair/Facilitator:

Name: Jacob Levich View Details

Speakers/Co-Facilitators:

Name: Molly Klein View Details
Name: John Steppling View Details
Name: Ethan Hallerman View Details

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