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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce by Slavoj Žižek
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Jun 27, 10

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Read in December, 2009

Reading this again 6 months after I did originally (In June 2010 now), I've come to the conclusion that its premise is ultimately dissatisfying and even contradictory. Zizek urges us to embrace with communism exactly what he criticizes in the supporters of capitalism (we didn't get it right this time, it wasn't 'pure' capitalism/communism, we need to give it another chance). The Leninist idea of 'failing harder' he calls for is apparently no different from that which he rebukes in capitalism, with its recurring crises. No doubt Zizek would admit that he is as trapped by ideology as the rest of us, but the second half of this book is lacking compared to the first half, and the rest of his material. Still a highly enjoyable read, with plenty of Zizekian readings of current events - flawed, faulty in its central argument, but well worth picking up.

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