With irrepressible humor, Slavoj i ek dissects our current political and social climate, discussing everything from Jordan Peterson and sex unicorns to Greta Thunberg and Chairman Mao. Taking aim at his enemies on the Left, Right, and Center, he argues that contemporary society can only be properly understood from a communist standpoint.
Why communism? The greater the triumph of global capitalism, the more its dangerous antagonisms multiply: climate collapse, the digital manipulation of our lives, the explosion in refugee numbers - all need a radical solution. That solution is a Left that dares to speak its name, to get its hands dirty in the real world of contemporary politics, not to sling its insults from the sidelines or to fight a culture war that is merely a fig leaf covering its political and economic failures. As the crises caused by contemporary capitalism accumulate at an alarming rate, the Left finds itself in crisis too, beset with competing ideologies and prone to populism, racism, and conspiracy theories.
A Left that Dares to Speak Its Name is i ek's attempt to elucidate the major political issues of the day from a truly radical Leftist position. The first three parts explore the global political situation and the final part focuses on contemporary Western culture, as i ek directs his polemic to topics such as wellness, Wikileaks, and the rights of sexbots. This wide-ranging collection of essays provides the perfect insight into the ideas of one of the most influential radical thinkers of our time.
Slavoj i ek
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06 March 2020
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Introduction: From the Communist Standpoint The Global Mess 1 200 Years After: Is Marx Alive, Dead, or a Living Dead? 2 Why Secondary Contradictions Matter: A Maoist View 3 Nomadic // Proletarians 4 Should the Left's Answer to Rightist Populism Really be a Me Too ? 5 When Unfreedom Itself is Experienced as Freedom 6 Only Autistic Children Can Save Us! 7 They are Both Worse! 8 A Desperate Call for (T)Reason The West... 9 Democratic Socialism and Its Discontents 10 Is Donald Trump a Frog Embracing a Bottle of Beer? 11 Better Dead than Red! 12 There is Disorder Under Heaven, the Situation is Excellent 13 Soyons realistes, demandons l'impossible! 14 Catalonia and the End of Europe 15 Which Idea of Europe is Worth Defending? 16 The Right to Tell the Public Bad News ...And The Rest 17 It's the Same Struggle, Dummy! 18 The Real Anti-Semites and Their Zionist Friends 19 Yes, Racism is Alive and Well! 20 What is to be Done When Our Cupola is Leaking? 21 Is China Communist or Capitalist? 22 Venezuela and the Need for New Cliches 23 Welcome to the True New World Order! 24 A True Miracle in Bosnia Ideology 25 For Active Solidarity, Against Guilt and Self-Reproach 26 Sherbsky Institute, APA 27 Welcome to the Brave New World of Consenticorns! 28 Do Sexbots have Rights? 29 Nipples, Penis, Vulva...and Maybe Shit 30 Cuaron's Roma: The Trap of Goodness 31 Happiness? No, Thanks! 32 Assange has Only us to Help Him! Appendix 33 Is Avital Ronell Really Toxic? 34 Jordan Peterson as a Symptom...of What? Notes
Slavoj i ek is one of the most prolific and well-known philosophers and cultural theorists in the world today. His inventive, provocative body of work mixes Hegelian metaphysics, Lacanian psychoanalysis, and Marxist dialectic in order to challenge conventional wisdom and accepted verities on both the Left and the Right
Reviews for A Left that Dares to Speak Its Name
The most dangerous philosopher in the West. Adam Kirsch, New Republic i ek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation. The New Yorker