The person talking in this short clip looks like an old peasant with a strong rural accent. He is Slavoj Žižek, a Slovene philosopher and cultural critic strongly influenced by Jacques Lacan, Hegel and Karl Marx. Although being very left wing, thus fundamentally different from my political ideology, he defends some brilliant ideas. He says that capitalism is a form of religion and that there is simply no alternative to it. Most of the critics of today’s capitalism feel even embarrassed when you confront them with a simple question: “Okay, we heard your story . . . protest horrible, big banks depriving us of billions, hundreds, thousands of billions of common people’s money. . . . Okay, but what do you really want? What should replace the system?”. The twentieth century alternatives to capitalism and market miserably failed. And this is a serious problem: how to abolish market without regressing again into relations of servitude and domination. In this clip, Žižek has two proposals that are extremely appealing – and, most importantly, very very practical. This is a fascinating video, I think you should watch it.
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