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Class struggle

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As [[Žižek]] himself admits, this might sound rather abstract but he is able to provide a [[concrete ]] example of the way his [[theory ]] works in [[terms ]] of [[class struggle]]. For [[Žižek]], the ]][[class ]] [[struggle]]]] belongs to the [[Order]] of the [[Real]]. We do not [[encounter ]] it directly in ]]reality]], but only via its [[Symbolization]].
As the [[class struggle]] is [[Real]], it forms a blockage in the [[Symbolic]] which manifests itself in different attempts to [[Symbolize]] it, to recuperate it within [[reality]].
These attempts [[index ]] the antagonistic [[character ]] of the [[class struggle]], by which [[Žižek]] means to convey that the [[class struggle]] is the constitutive [[split]] which forms [[society]]. The [[class struggle]] is what holds [[society]] together, it is our mutual [[bond]], but at the same [[time ]] it is what prevents [[society]] from forming an [[organic]] [[whole]], it is what [[drives ]] a wedge between us all. The very [[visible ]] [[absence]] of [[class struggle]] [[right ]] now is, for [[Žižek]], evidence of a struggle in which one side has (temporarily) won. The [[class struggle]] does not [[objective]]ly [[exist]]-we can only see it or not see it from a [[particular]], [[subjective]] or [[ideological]] point of view.
In terms of [[Žižek]]'s theory, then, the [[spectre]] of [[ideology]] conceals the failed [[Symbolization]] of the [[antagonism]] of [[class struggle]] in the [[Real]].
To put it [[another ]] way, [[ideology]] fills out the [[abyss]] of the [[antagonism]]-it patches over the [[hole]] in [[reality]] (the [[Symbolic]] [[Order]]).<ref>{{Myers}} p.75-76</ref>
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