Slavoj Zizek On “They Live”

Slovenian Marxist philosopher Zizek on John Carpenter’s campy sci-fi classic They Live and our entrapment as “subjects of pleasure”:

10 Comments on "Slavoj Zizek On “They Live”"

  1. Ted Heistman | Oct 1, 2013 at 9:00 am |

    Zizek is awesome! He’s my favorite Marxist actually.

    • ishmael2009 | Oct 1, 2013 at 3:33 pm |

      He’s a proper “old school” materialist Marxist, and as such rejects the New Age identity politics BS that divides people into cultural and ethnic categories (as in his “Welcome to the Desert of the Real”).

      If you like Zizek, check out Steiner on why the fascist philosopher Heidegger is such a hit with postmodernists for much the same reasons:

      • Ted Heistman | Oct 2, 2013 at 7:48 am |

        Any idea of where I can find part two and three of that essay? I didn’t really find the part that explains why Post modernists like him, just stuff about him being a nazi


        • ishmael2009 | Oct 2, 2013 at 5:05 pm |

          Part three can be found here:

          It’s an interesting read, and finished with a great quote from Walter Benjamin in 1930 in which he predicted the nature-worship, hatred of technology, and irrationality inspired by the likes of Ludwig Klages (“Man and Earth”) would lead to another world war before long. .

  2. kowalityjesus | Oct 1, 2013 at 11:39 am |

    I guess I should try to draw parallels to Plato’s allegory of the cave. How close could one say the philosophies of this film and the allegory are?

    Movie: with reference more toward societal norms – Cave: with reference more toward metaphysical concepts.

    Movie: one must violently force another to use the tools that reveal things as they ideologically are – Cave: once one has seen the actuality of God and descends back into the cave, he must physically drag another person up in order to see what he has seen, often experiencing violent resistance and a litany of jeers and accusations

    Movie: occulted forces define societal norms through mass publications and advertising – Cave: undefined entities patrol objects in front of a fire which create “shadows on the wall” of the cave that define a persons typical view of reality.

  3. BuzzCoastin | Oct 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm |

    When you realize the Truth
    and cling to nothing in this world
    you enter Eternal Life.

    from The Book of the Great Liberation

  4. Nikolas Jon Southwell | Oct 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm |

    Is he perhaps unaware that Marxism is also an ideology?

    • Andrei Serde | Oct 1, 2013 at 7:56 pm |

      “Although often accused of being inconsistent and non-systematic, Žižek’s
      work and thought aim to provoke and think anew about ourselves and the
      world. The philosopher, for Žižek, is more someone engaged in critique
      than someone who tries to answer questions by creating a theory.” – Wiki

  5. 80s mullets are awesome. 🙂

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