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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce av Slavoj…
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First As Tragedy, Then As Farce (utgåvan 2009)

av Slavoj Zizek

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"In this take-no-prisoners analysis, [the author] 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 righthook of farce. In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism died twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory"--P. [4] of cover.… (mer)
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Titel:First As Tragedy, Then As Farce
Författare:Slavoj Zizek
Info:Verso (2009), Paperback, 158 pages
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Taggar:e, bog, Non-fiction, Political theory, Critical theory, 2009

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This book has very little to do with its description on the back cover. Its more of a bucket of musings than a straightforward argument. I gather that this is typical of Žižek's stuff. None of this is meant as negative criticism. This text would not have the power it does with a more conventional form. Though I occasionally got lost somewhere between psychoanalysis and Various Capitalized Words And Phrases That Do Not Mean What You Think, the core argument of the book was made powerfully, through an accretion of examples and analysis. That argument is a provocative one: that Left wing politics must not be afraid to hold on to the communist idea, and must act accordingly. A corollary to this is that it is the liberal idea of eternal capitalist democracy that is utopian and not inevitable.

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  trotta | Mar 4, 2021 |
We are forced to live as if we were free. -- John Gray

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is my favorite work yet by Žižek. Despite its many passages being recycled in later works, there is a clarity here which moved me. The specific grasp was Žižek's viewing the newly inaugurated President Obama. Certainly the philosopher fears a hegemon with a human face, he rightly critiques the vaunted 2009 speech in Cairo. The philosopher then betrays himself as a sentimentalist by comparing the 2008 Obama victory with the 1791-1804 Haitian Revolution. Hegel and the rest of the Enlightenment were all about the concept of liberation from slavery, except where actual slaves were involved. That simply didn't enter the equation. Thus when French peacekeepers arrived to find natives singing La Marseillaise , there was a historic realization: these black people might be more French than we are. Such is the drenched weight of ideology.

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  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Reviewed in the February 2010 issue of the Socialist Standard:

http://socialiststandardmyspace.blogspot.com/2010/02/first-as-tragedy-then-as-fa...
  Impossibilist | Feb 14, 2018 |
Still enthralled by Communism ( )
  Baku-X | Jan 10, 2017 |
The write-up on the back cover sounded compelling. The tragedy referred to in the title was the events of 9/11. The farce was the economic collapse of 2008. Taken together, these events signal the political and economic death of Western-style liberalism.

I was expecting an analysis of these events (with liberal doses of Hegel and Lacan, as always). I quickly learned that the writer of the back cover must have only read the introduction! Žižek quickly left these events behind to mount his defense of Socialism in the face of failed Capitalism.

Capitalism with a warm and fuzzy face is still capitalism, and no amount of charity from the capitalists will change that. In fact, just as kind slave-owners exacerbated the problem by masking the evil, charitable capitalists cloud the real issue: what is needed is the sort of deep socioeconomic reordering of society that would render charity superfluous.

I evidently don't have enough of a background in political theory to follow all the details of his argument (that, or I didn't read slowly enough). Much of the book seemed disjointed and needlessly dense.

Žižek is incredibly intelligent and funny. I just wish he could write a little more intelligibly for the masses. ( )
  StephenBarkley | Nov 25, 2014 |
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