Talk to Al Jazeera - Slavoj Zizek

degner on November 01, 2011 19:27

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    Video and story here: http://english.aljazeera.net/programmes/talktojazeera/2011/10/2011102813360731764.html

    The philosopher discusses the momentous changes taking place in the global financial and political system.

    "I think today the world is asking for a real alternative. Would you like to live in a world where the only alternative is either anglo-saxon neoliberalism or Chinese-Singaporean capitalism with Asian values?

    I claim if we do nothing we will gradually approach a kind of a new type of authoritarian society. Here I see the world historical importance of what is happening today in China. Until now there was one good argument for capitalism: sooner or later it brought a demand for democracy...

    What I'm afraid of is with this capitalism with Asian values, we get a capitalism much more efficient and dynamic than our western capitalism. But I don't share the hope of my liberal friends - give them ten years, [and there will be] another Tiananmen Square demonstration - no, the marriage between capitalism and democracy is over." Slavoj Zizek

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