Living in the End Times

Living in the End Times

Details

Author(s)
Slavoj Zizek
Format
Paperback | 432 pages
Dimensions
140 x 210 x 38.1mm | 639.57g
Publication date
18 Apr 2011
Publisher
Verso Books
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition
Revised
Edition Statement
Revised ed.
ISBN10
1844677028
ISBN13
9781844677023
Bestsellers rank
36,765

Description

The underlying premise of the book is a simple one: the global capitalist system is approaching an apocalyptic zero-point. Its four riders of the apocalypse are the ecological crisis, the consequences of the biogenetic revolution, the imbalances within the system itself (problems with intellectual property, the forthcoming struggle for raw materials, food and water), and the explosions of social divisions and exclusions. Society's first reaction is ideological denial, then explosions of anger at the injustices of the new world order, attempts at bargaining, and when this fails, depression and withdrawal set in. Finally, after passing through this zero-point we no longer perceive it as a threat, but as the chance for a new beginning. Or, as Mao Zedong might have put it, There is great disorder under heaven, the situation is excellent.A" A iA ek traces out in detail these five stances, makes a plea for a return to the Marxian critique of political economy, and sniffs out the first signs of a budding communist culture in all its diverse forms-in utopias that range from Kafka's community of mice to the collective of freak outcasts in the TV series Heroes.


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