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Postmodern gibberish trying to revive communism,
This review is from: First As Tragedy, Then As Farce (Paperback)
Zizek grew up in communist Yugoslavia. His parents were academics so presumably they didn't do too badly under Tito. I can't help but feel that this book's argument that communism is the only progressive future is merely symptomatic of a nostalgic longing by the author for his childhood. He's even happy to argue in favour of state terror in order to achieve his utopia, which is perhaps the most damning part of this book.
What struck me most, however, was the use of language. I thought philosophy was supposed to clarify. Zizek does the opposite. He uses the approach beloved of postmodern theorists, obscurantist jargon. Much of this book could have been written by Alan Sokhal in his famous hoaxing of Social Text. As such it is utterly worthless.