11 Jan 2017, 2:56am
Zero Squared


Zero Squared #95: Žižek and the Double Blackmail

Slavoj Žižek is the guest this week as we discuss the flak he’s received for a few of his Lacanian interventions into politics recently, Marx’s Labor Theory of Value, and his most current book Against the Double Blackmail.

“[A]n urgent and entertaining diagnosis of the ongoing refugee crisis and global terror threat, highlighting the glaring contradictions in our attitudes and actions.” —Mother Jones

“Slavoj Žižek’s compellingly persuasive insights into the current refugee explosion…could not arrive at a more urgent time.”—CounterPunch

Thanks goes out to our Zero Books Club members. Zero Books club members gain access to the Inside Zero Books Podcast and are invited to participate in online workshops in critical theory. Now is always a good time to join.

This episode does not feature any sound collages or clips, except for one clip from a youtube video called “Slavoj Zizek Reacts,” and the song Raggle Taggle by A Hawk and a Hacksaw.

photo credit goes to Ellis Christopher

People who sell their labour power for its market price are in the proletariat. So are the people who fail to sell their labour power to an employer in the proletariat.

Two sources of wealth, labour power and natural resources. Marx realised that. Communism is social ownership and democratic control over the collective product of labour. The bourgeoisie have political power over us because they privately own and control what we produce.

like Jodi Dean Zizek is right about the scale of the problems we face and the sort of “mega” state response that would be required to address them in ways which make an in kind difference, but as we have no means for mass conversions and coordination we are left not to go on Lefty vision quests of the day after but to try and organize whatever minor gestures of resistance and solidarity/support we can piece together from the scraps at hand.

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