Capital Is The Real Of Our Lives

humanbeingVia Adbusters‘s Kick It Over project, philosopher Slavoj Zizek sums up the reality that the financial meltdown laid bare:

Although we always recognized the urgency of the problems, when we were fighting AIDS, hunger, water shortages, global warming, and so on, there always seemed to be time to reflect, to postpone decisions (recall how the main conclusion of the last meeting of world leaders in Bali, hailed as a success, was that they would meet again in two years to continue their talks…). But with the financial meltdown, the urgency to act was unconditional; sums of an unimaginable magnitude had to be found immediately. Saving endangered species, saving the starving children…all this can wait a little bit. The call to “save the banks!” by contrast, is an unconditional imperative which must be met with immediate action.

Do we need any further proof that Capital is the Real of our lives, a Real whose imperatives are much more absolute than even the most pressing demands of our social and natural reality?

The panic was so absolute that a transnational and non-partisan unity was immediately established, all grudges between world leaders being momentarily forgotten in order to avert the catastrophe. But what the much praised “bi-partisan” approach effectively meant was that even democratic procedures were de facto suspended: there was no time to engage in proper debate. As Alain Badiou succinctly put it:

‘The ordinary citizen must “understand” that it is impossible to make up the shortfall in social security, but that it is imperative to stuff untold billions into the banks’ financial hole? We must somberly accept that no one imagines any longer that it’s possible to nationalize a factory hounded by competition, a factory employing thousands of workers, but that it is obvious to do so for a bank made penniless by speculation?’

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAPUJHWIYQJWKN7HUCSCVHKVTQ David Meadows

    We have no control in this country anymore, we are nothing more than spectators. I hope i’m wrong.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EAPUJHWIYQJWKN7HUCSCVHKVTQ David Meadows

    We have no control in this country anymore, we are nothing more than spectators. I hope i’m wrong.

  • Jonblackmon

    Too bad you’re not wrong…

  • Jonblackmon

    Too bad you’re not wrong…

  • Jonblackmon

    Too bad you’re not wrong…

  • jp

    no, your right, the almighty decisions of those with the most money enslave everyone else. There are no more lines, countries and governments no longer matter. If you have to pay rent for the property you live on, you are a slave and a spectator and theres simply nothing we can do but wait until worldwide financial meltdown. It’ll help if you don’t buy anything and start finding ways to make stuff yourself, aside from that… Xþ.

    In my eyes, i think the problem is we dont know the people we live close to, we have no control over the places we live in, and in order to remain there we have to go out and work in support of ignorant millionaires who probably havent stood in a park since the last time they bought one. Individual opinions are ignored for what ‘sells better’, especially in politics, where the voice of the people is supposed to be heard. This is no taxation without representation again, this is england 1776. Everything is disconnected. Lies rule the world, and we have no eyes to see real value, because we’re so busy working just for stability. Everything is fucked as long as the rent is due. EVERYTHING IS FUCKED AS LONG AS THE RENT IS DUE. STOP THE RENT. SLOW THE FUCK DOWN.

  • jp

    no, your right, the almighty decisions of those with the most money enslave everyone else. There are no more lines, countries and governments no longer matter. If you have to pay rent for the property you live on, you are a slave and a spectator and theres simply nothing we can do but wait until worldwide financial meltdown. It’ll help if you don’t buy anything and start finding ways to make stuff yourself, aside from that… Xþ.

    In my eyes, i think the problem is we dont know the people we live close to, we have no control over the places we live in, and in order to remain there we have to go out and work in support of ignorant millionaires who probably havent stood in a park since the last time they bought one. Individual opinions are ignored for what ‘sells better’, especially in politics, where the voice of the people is supposed to be heard. This is no taxation without representation again, this is england 1776. Everything is disconnected. Lies rule the world, and we have no eyes to see real value, because we’re so busy working just for stability. Everything is fucked as long as the rent is due. EVERYTHING IS FUCKED AS LONG AS THE RENT IS DUE. STOP THE RENT. SLOW THE FUCK DOWN.

  • jp

    no, your right, the almighty decisions of those with the most money enslave everyone else. There are no more lines, countries and governments no longer matter. If you have to pay rent for the property you live on, you are a slave and a spectator and theres simply nothing we can do but wait until worldwide financial meltdown. It’ll help if you don’t buy anything and start finding ways to make stuff yourself, aside from that… Xþ.

    In my eyes, i think the problem is we dont know the people we live close to, we have no control over the places we live in, and in order to remain there we have to go out and work in support of ignorant millionaires who probably havent stood in a park since the last time they bought one. Individual opinions are ignored for what ‘sells better’, especially in politics, where the voice of the people is supposed to be heard. This is no taxation without representation again, this is england 1776. Everything is disconnected. Lies rule the world, and we have no eyes to see real value, because we’re so busy working just for stability. Everything is fucked as long as the rent is due. EVERYTHING IS FUCKED AS LONG AS THE RENT IS DUE. STOP THE RENT. SLOW THE FUCK DOWN.

  • Anonymous

    The tagline in the picture sums it all up. Our key deficiency is a severe lack of real human connections.

  • MoralDrift

    The tagline in the picture sums it all up. Our key deficiency is a severe lack of real human connections.

  • Anonymous

    We have lost the only thing that mde us human in the first place…empathy. Free will is no excuse, until we recognize our hate and eliminate it, it will continue to eliminate us. We live to die because so many of us are dying to live.

  • Anonymous

    We have lost the only thing that mde us human in the first place…empathy. Free will is no excuse, until we recognize our hate and eliminate it, it will continue to eliminate us. We live to die because so many of us are dying to live.

  • Anonymous

    We have lost the only thing that mde us human in the first place…empathy. Free will is no excuse, until we recognize our hate and eliminate it, it will continue to eliminate us. We live to die because so many of us are dying to live.

  • Anonymous

    We have lost the only thing that mde us human in the first place…empathy. Free will is no excuse, until we recognize our hate and eliminate it, it will continue to eliminate us. We live to die because so many of us are dying to live.

  • Anonymous

    We have lost the only thing that mde us human in the first place…empathy. Free will is no excuse, until we recognize our hate and eliminate it, it will continue to eliminate us. We live to die because so many of us are dying to live.

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