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The Guardian - United Kingdom | 10/02/2014

Protests unite ethnic groups

The protests against corruption, joblessness and poverty are bringing the Bosnians, Serbs and Croats together for the first time since the end of the Yugoslav Wars, the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek writes in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: "In one of the photos from the protests, we see the demonstrators waving three flags side by side: Bosnian, Serb, Croat, expressing the will to ignore ethnic differences. In short, we are dealing with a rebellion against nationalist elites: the people of Bosnia have finally understood who their true enemy is: not other ethnic groups, but their own leaders who pretend to protect them from others. It is as if the old and much-abused Titoist motto of the 'brotherhood and unity' of Yugoslav nations acquired new actuality."

La Vanguardia - Spain | 30/12/2010

Repent, for we are at the mercy of the elements

The natural disasters of this year should be a reminder to mankind that we depend on nature's delicate balance, warns Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek in the daily La Vanguardia: "The big ecological disasters of 2010 fit into the ancient cosmological model, in which the universe is made up of four basic elements: Air, volcanic ash clouds from Iceland immobilizing airline traffic over Europe; Earth, mudslides and earthquakes in China; Fire, rendering Moscow almost unlivable; Water, the tsunami in Indonesia, floods displacing millions in Pakistan. ... The fact that ash from a modest volcanic outburst in Iceland grounded most of the planes in Europe is a much-needed reminder of how we, humans, with our tremendous power over nature, are nothing but one of the living species on Earth, depending on the delicate balance of its elements."

Dilema Veche - Romania | 27/11/2007

Slavoj Zizek on equality through poverty

Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek writes about equality in times of poverty and the inequality of today's consumer society. "I remember the bathroom in my parents' apartment in the early 1950s very well. There was just one kind of washing powder and one kind of soap. Hygienic products were so rare that we only knew one brand of toothpaste in two different flavours: strawberry and peppermint. Doesn't anyone in Eastern Europe remember that not so long ago toilet paper was a luxury? What, no toilet paper? those born after 1985 ask in amazement. ... Normality in Western Europe, which seemed so beautiful and unattainable, was perceived as paradise, even if we didn't call it a paradise but just Europe. ... The fact that what for one is heaven is hell for the other is painful - also because it's so unfair. People quickly forget that equality was the most attractive element of the Communist religion."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 05/09/2006

Slavoj Zizek on the films about September 11

Two Hollywood films are being released to coincide with the fifth anniversary of September 11, 2001: 'United 93' by Paul Greengrass and Oliver Stone's 'World Trade Center'. This prompts the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek to ask where we stand five years later. Both films hold back, he says, "not only in their political attitude but also in how they present the political context. Neither the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93 nor the policemen in 'WTC' grasp the connection - they suddenly find themselves in a horrific situation and have to make the best of it. This lack of 'cognitive assignment' is decisive: both films show ordinary people affected by the brutal intrusion of a story into their lives that is presented as the absent cause, the invisible but painful real world... The combined ideological and political message of these films is precisely that they abstain from any kind of political message. And this abstention is founded on unconditional trust in one's own government - 'when the enemy strikes, everybody only has to do his duty...'.”

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