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Zizek speaks against charity – Audio

Slavoj Zizek, a philosopher and psychoanalyst, speaks on the topic of charity as an integral part of contemporary capitalism, by bringing consumption and charity together within the same gesture of redemption as an ethics light.

You can listen to the audio here, at RSA Events. From 24 November 2009.

  1. November 29, 2009 at 12:03 am

    Excellent interview. Does anybody know who Zizek is referring to,” Slaughterdyke?” I’m not sure how to spell the name.

  2. December 1, 2009 at 12:31 pm

    Hi Sheldon, I’m not certain either, though I will respond with details if I find out. Thanks. Nima

  3. Alex Zane
    December 1, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Peter Sloterdijk is Zizek’s reference.

  4. December 1, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Thanks, Alex.

  5. nat
    December 12, 2009 at 8:37 am

    By the same token, who is the Belgian sociologist he refers to, “von Paris”? Thanks

  6. January 1, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Thanks for the reference to Sloterdijk, which I found on this site after some searching.

    Philippe Van Parijs is a Belgian philosopher and political economist. He’s written several books, and “Real Freedom for All: What, if anything, can Justify Capitalism?” seems to be the one Zizek is quoting from.

    As Zizek indicated, there is an international movement for basic income. Here are some sources:

    http://www.basicincome.org is the Basic Income Earth Network. The next meeting is July 2010 in Sao Paulo Brazil. President Lula will give an opening talk.

    http://www.usbig.net is the U.S. Basic Income Guarantee Network, an informal discussion group, which will having its next meeting in April 2010 in Montreal.

    http://www.IncomeSecurityForAll.org features a history of similar ideas in the United States and seeks to be the launching point for a new movement to make it happen. It was written and is maintained by Steven Shafarman (That’s me, and I live in Washington, DC.)

    I was delighted by most of Zizek’s talk, though puzzled by his abrupt conclusion.

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