The World Tomorrow Slavoj Zizek & David Horowitz

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PM0I5k50XsY

Interesting viewpoints/presumptions from a now conservative David Horowitz are:

  1. Humans are beastly and war is their natural state1
  2. The U.S. must be the most dominate state to defend freedom2
  3. Leftism is a utopian idea and thereby dangerous to its opponents once in power3
  4. U.S. and Israel are under attack from the international left4

Interesting term used: Islamofashist

PS: Also one has to be carful with Slavoj Zizek.

David Horowitz

David Joel Horowitz (born January 10, 1939) is an American conservative writer. He is a founder and president of the think tank the David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC); editor of the Center's publication, FrontPage Magazine; and director of Discover the Networks, a website that tracks individuals and groups on the political left. Horowitz also founded the organization Students for Academic Freedom. Horowitz wrote several books with author Peter Collier, including four on prominent 20th-century American political families that had members elected to the presidency. He and Collier have collaborated on books about cultural criticism. Horowitz worked as a columnist for Salon. From 1956 to 1975, Horowitz was an outspoken adherent of the New Left. He later rejected progressive ideas and became a defender of conservativism. Horowitz recounted his ideological journey in a series of retrospective books, culminating with his 1996 memoir Radical Son: A Generational Odyssey.
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Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek ( (listen) SLAH-voy ZHEE-zhek; Slovene: [ˈslaʋɔj ˈʒiʒɛk]; born 21 March 1949) is a Slovenian philosopher, a researcher at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Ljubljana Faculty of Arts and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities of the University of London. He is a self-described “radical leftist” and a “communist in a qualified sense.” He is also Global Eminent Scholar at Kyung Hee University in Seoul and Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University. He works in subjects including continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, political theory, cultural studies, art criticism, film criticism, Marxism, Hegelianism and theology. In 1989 Žižek published his first English-language text, The Sublime Object of Ideology, in which he departed from traditional Marxist theory to develop a materialist conception of ideology that drew heavily on Lacanian psychoanalysis and Hegelian idealism. His theoretical work became increasingly eclectic and political in the 1990s, dealing frequently in the critical analysis of disparate forms of popular culture and making him a popular figure of the academic left. A 2005 documentary film entitled...
Definition from Wikipedia – Slavoj Žižek

  1. This assumption goes back to the philosophy of Thomas Hobbes
  2. This seems like a remnant of the cold war era and the second world wars… specially putting the U.S. in charge of this task.
  3. I dislike the reductionism of Left and Right. In an interconnected world topics should be looked at individually. I agree on the notion that utopianism tends to be totalitarian as it’s an imagination of a better future omitting diversity and lacking complexity. I don’t condemn utopianism as it play an important role in the collective imagination to choose a future to aim at and select the one to avoid.  The danger from utopies emerge from simplification by exaggeration as the world is and stays a complex matter thereby masking developments like the mass surveillance that seems to be more massive than described in the book.
  4. To simple of a worldview. BTW this makes me think of the imagery used in Worldwar Z, again!
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