Die Furie der Zerstörung: Slavoj Žižek’s Reinvention of Revolutionary Terror
In this video we analyze Slavoj Žižek’s proposition to reinvent the “divine violence” of “classical” revolutionary, laid out in his essay on Robespierre. We point out Slavoj’s rhetorical tricks by which he obfuscates his, rather blatant, appropriation of the thesis that Revolution (a.k.a. “Event”) without terror is “decaffeinated”, i.e. not really revolutionary at all. Also, we lay out Žižek’s proposal of “revolutionary subject” as an essentially “inhuman human” – a virtual being brought into existence by depersonalization – the proverbial “individuum” which, for some reason, pops up every now and then into our focus when we analyze ideas of postmodern totalitarians. We conclude by demonstrating how Žižek’s clown like demeanour and rhetorical tricks hide quite, if only potentially, dangerous man.
(The German phrase from the title translates: “Fury of Desolation” and is taken from Hegel’s “Philosophy of Right in Outline”, §5. It denotes both revolutionary terror and religious fanatism)
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