Slavoj Žižek and ‘The Coming Insurrection’ Compared

Slavoj Žižek is certainly entertaining, as you will see in the first video.

But the really serious philosophers and social theorists tend to end up in prison. This was the case with the authors of The Coming Insurrection, the subject of the second video. So I’m spending more time on them.

Police swoop on the village of Tarnac, France, to arrest the alleged authors of The Coming Insurrection.

Police swoop on the village of Tarnac, France, to arrest the alleged authors of The Coming Insurrection.

The Coming Insurrection is a short booklet written by ‘The Invisible Committee’ (four men and five women, aged 22 to 34) . It can be found and downloaded on the web  here. The MIT Press has also published it. The video is a sop to those with a crippled attention span. To feel the full force of the message, read it. It’s powerful writing.

If you don’t understand its relevance, you’re not paying attention to what’s happening on the streets of Europe and North America. So, wake up!

Certainly, if it’s good enough for Glenn Beck to attack, it’s good enough for this blog. American news media like only bogus or ineffectual revolutions in distant lands, certainly not an insurrection as close to American interests as that which is ‘coming’.

The Coming Insurrection begins:

From whatever angle you approach it, the present offers no way out. This is not the least of its virtues. From those who seek hope above all, it tears away every firm ground. Those who claim to have solutions are contradicted almost immediately. Everyone agrees that things can only get worse. “The future has no future” is the wisdom of an age that, for all its appearance of perfect normalcy, has reached the level of consciousness of the first punks.

In these circumstances, does Slavoj Žižek have a future?

Interview with Julien Coupat (whose image is in the header)

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