First As Tragedy, Then As Farce

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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce - Slavoj Zizek

Author: Slavoj Zizek
File type: pdf
Publisher: Verso
Year: 2009
Language: English
ISBN: 1844674282,9781844674282
Time Added: Wed Feb 13 2019 13:57:04 GMT+0300 (MSK)
Author: Slavoj Zizek
File type: pdf
Size: 5 mb
Pages: 158
Id: 390995
Time Modified: Wed Feb 13 2019 13:57:04 GMT+0300 (MSK)
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Bibtex: "Slavoj Zizek",
"First As Tragedy, Then As Farce"

<strong>From the tragedy of 9/11 to the farce of the financial meltdown.</strong>

Billions of dollars have been hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?

In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj Zizek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch-making events of the first decade of this century. What he finds is the old one-two punch of history: the jab of tragedy, the right hook of farce. In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism dies twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory.

<em>First as Tragedy, Then as Farce</em> is a call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.