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Living in the end times

Author: Slavoj Žižek
Publisher: London ; New York : Verso, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Rev., updated pbk. edView all editions and formats
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The underlying premise of the book is a simple one: the global capitalist system is approaching an apocalyptic zero-point. Its four riders of the apocalypse are the ecological crisis, the consequences of the biogenetic revolution, the imbalances within the system itself (problems with intellectual property, the forthcoming struggle for raw materials, food and water), and the explosions of social divisions and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Slavoj Žižek
ISBN: 9781844677955 1844677958
OCLC Number: 854846130
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Denial : the liberal utopia --
Interlude 1. Hollywood today : report from an ideological battlefield --
Anger : the actuality of the theologico-political --
Interlude 2. Reverberations of the crisis in a multi-centric world --
Bargaining : the return of the critique of political economy --
Interlude 3. The architectural parallax --
Depression : the neuronal trauma, or, the rise of the proletarian cogito --
Interlude 4. Apocalypse at the gates --
Acceptance : the cause regained.
Responsibility: Slavoj Žižek.

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The underlying premise of the book is a simple one: the global capitalist system is approaching an apocalyptic zero-point. Its four riders of the apocalypse are the ecological crisis, the consequences of the biogenetic revolution, the imbalances within the system itself (problems with intellectual property, the forthcoming struggle for raw materials, food and water), and the explosions of social divisions and exclusions. Society's first reaction is ideological denial, then explosions of anger at the injustices of the new world order, attempts at bargaining, and when this fails, depression and withdrawal set in. Finally, after passing through this zero-point we no longer perceive it as a threat, but as the chance for a new beginning. or, as Mao Zedong might have put it, "There is great disorder under heaven, the situation is excellent." iek traces out in detail these five stances, makes a plea for a return to the Marxian critique of political economy, and sniffs out the first signs of a budding communist culture in all its diverse forms'in utopias that range from Kafka's community of mice to the collective of freak outcasts in the TV series Heroes.

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