onsdag, oktober 12, 2011

Zizek´s theopolitical imagination

"In mid-April 2011, the Chinese government prohibited on TV, films, and novels all stories that contain alternate reality or time travel. This is a good sign for China. These people still dream about alternatives, so you have to prohibit this dreaming. Here, we don’t need a prohibition because the ruling system has even oppressed our capacity to dream. Look at the movies that we see all the time. It’s easy to imagine the end of the world. An asteroid destroying all life and so on. But you cannot imagine the end of capitalism."

"Communism failed absolutely, but the problems of the commons are here. They are telling you we are not American here. But the conservatives fundamentalists who claim they really are American have to be reminded of something: What is Christianity? It’s the holy spirit. What is the holy spirit? It’s an egalitarian community of believers who are linked by love for each other, and who only have their own freedom and responsibility to do it. In this sense, the holy spirit is here now. And down there on Wall Street, there are pagans who are worshipping blasphemous idols. So all we need is patience."

Slavoj Zizek´s Wall Street speech in transcript

2 kommentarer:

Olov sa...

sorry to be trite, but a) christianity is not the holy spirit, b) the holy spirit is not the community of believers. don't encourage the man!

Josef Bengtson sa...

I happen to agree with your more orthodox take on Christian pneumatology. However, I think it is interesting to se how Zizek makes post-secular use of theology. :)