Pop the Left #9: Is Žižek Dreaming Dangerously?

by Pop The Left/Diet Soap on September 29, 2013

This week I’m presenting the latest Pop the Left Special wherein C Derick Varn and I discuss Slavoj Žižek’s little book “The Year of Dreaming Dangerously.” Neither of us found the book to be either coherent or useful. My main complaint would be Žižek’s failure to take Marx’s critique of Capitalist political economy seriously and his abandonment of the Labor Theory of Value. The conclusion we reach is that Žižek is a worthwhile philosopher, but that his philosophy is not a firm foundation for the development of a politics or a movement. What Žižek does deliver is an imperative: “THINK!” It turns out that this imperative will require us to think beyond him.

In this episode you’ll hear clips from the movie trailer for The Spectacular Now, a youtube mash-up of Zizek’s lectures, Zizek at Occupy Wall Street, and a bit of a Diet Soap interview with the art historian TJ Clark.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Nick Razumic October 14, 2013 at 8:58 am

What is this Star Trek episode you mention? Is it available?


C Derick Varn October 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm

It was the original first episode. We have never released it. We might one day actually.


Nick Razumic October 16, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I hope you decide to release it. I love you’re podcast.


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