Zizek Weighs in on Yesterday’s Brexit Vote

“Recall Mao Ze Dong’s old motto: “Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent.” A crisis is to be taken seriously, without illusions, but also as a chance to be fully exploited. Although crises are painful and dangerous, they are the terrain on which battles have to be waged and won. Is there not a struggle also in heaven, is the heaven also not divided—and does the ongoing confusion not offer a unique chance to react to the need for a radical change in a more appropriate way, with a project that will break the vicious cycle of EU technocracy and nationalist populism? The true division of our heaven is not between anemic technocracy and nationalist passions, but between their vicious cycle and a new pan-European project which will addresses the true challenges that humanity confronts today.”

Yet, in his usual ironic fashion, with which I agree wholeheartedly, he describes the apathy and do-nothing Left as incapable of confronting anything much less a new project for change:

“Now that, in the echo of the Brexit victory, calls for other exits from EU are multiplying all around Europe, the situation calls for such a project—who will grab the chance? Unfortunately, not the existing Left which is well-known for its breathtaking ability to never miss a chance to miss a chance.”

Read more, here: http://www.newsweek.com/brexit-eu-referendum-left-wing-politics-europe-zizek-474322?rx=us

11 thoughts on “Zizek Weighs in on Yesterday’s Brexit Vote

  1. Will to power structure – outsiders no longer controlling insiders sovereign destiny. Wills in opposition.

    Sexual moral outrage. Modern western culture versus Bronze Age Old Testament Middle East desert culture.

    Identity politics, the kind of people we IMAGINE we are, who are we? The struggle of cultures and institutions coming into being, fragmentation, competition and cooperation – paradox.

    “And the people did not want migrant rape mobs in their streets and Muslim massacres in their pubs. They were tired of Afghani migrants living in posh homes with their four wives while they worked hard and sick of seeing their daughters passed around by “Asian” cabbies from Pakistan in ways utterly indistinguishable from the ISIS slave trade while the police looked the other way so as not to appear racist. And, most of all, they were sick of the entire Eurocratic establishment that let it all happen.”

    “When Nigel Farage of UKIP told Count Von Rompuy that “I can speak on behalf of the majority of British people in saying that we don’t know you, we don’t want you and the sooner you are put out to grass, the better,” he was fined for it by the Bureau of the European Parliament after refusing to apologize. But now it’s Farage and the Independence Party who have had the last laugh. ”

    “The majority of British people didn’t want Count Von Rompuy and his million-dollar pension, or Donald Tusk, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande and the rest of the monkeys squatting on Britain’s back.”

    “Count Von Rompuy has lost his British provinces. And the British people have their nation back. ”

    “The word of the future isn’t “union.” It’s “freedom.” A process has begun that will not end in Britain. It will spread around the world liberating nations from multinational institutions.”



    “Social solidarity has become defined increasingly not in political terms – as collective action in pursuit of certain political ideals – but in terms of ethnicity or culture. The question people ask themselves is not so much ‘In what kind of society do I want to live?’ as ‘Who are we?’. The two questions are, of course, intimately related, and any sense of social identity must embed an answer to both. The relationship between the two is, however, complex and fluid.

    As the political sphere has narrowed, and as mechanisms for political change eroded, so the two questions have come more and more to be regarded as synonymous. The answer to the question ‘In what kind of society do I want to live?’ has become shaped less by the kinds of values or institutions we want to struggle to establish, than by the kind of people that we imagine we are; and the answer to ‘Who are we?’ defined less by the kind of society we want to create than by the history and heritage to which supposedly we belong.”


      • Yea… he’s become a little more staid and sad in old age… I think he sees the writing on the wall with all the right-wing and reactionary forces rising in the world. But, in some ways, sadly they should have anticipated this with all the problems with Austerity, Refugees, no jobs… for most folks – the working class ethnic inhabitants of all these globalist countries life is precarious, marginal, and the notion of democracy has vanished into Oligarchy. People are no longer blind to the elite globalist agenda… and, this is their Reaction to it: so, in that sense, Nick Land and NRx may be extreme, but as I’ve been saying at least since 2007 (old live journal site, and now on wordpress) we should have been listening to these fringe voices that are now become more and more mainstream in the right-wing world… Oh, well, who listens to an old fool 🙂


      • “he’s become a little more staid and sad in old age” I can relate to that, heh yeah sometimes I think I should trade my online image to a gif of an old man rocking on his porch with a shotgun on his knees, well to the degree that Nick forecasted disintegration/parasitism he was on solid ground but I think his sense of a coming new world order is nonsense, on top of his kind of cybernetic/dark-deleuzian faith he seems to miss the relationship between states and infrastructure…


      • Nah, I think he sees that, but that the State is controlled by Oligarchs and power rather than its people – who are themselves victims of the games played at their expense. Of course he’s more of a techno-commercialist within that strange amalgam of NRx…


      • doesn’t seem to explain his enthusiasm around bitcoins and all as if they weren’t hugely dependent on electricity and all, when the states go so will the grid and all.


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