Main Street is Wall Street or an Interface with Slavoj Žižek’s First as Tragedy, Then as Farce

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Michael D. English
Michael D. English
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Main Street is Wall Street or an Interface with Slavoj Žižek’s First as Tragedy, Then as Farce
Authors: Michael English
Published Date: June 2010
Publication: Unrest Magazine
Topics of Interest: Class and Social Stratification
Volume: Zero
Issue: Zero
ISSN: 2156-9819

Žižek’s (2009) First as Tragedy, Then as Farceis yet another salvo at proponents of the liberal world order.  It is by no means a rigorous academic study or a philosophical treatise, but an unflinching challenge to the status quo of the (un)critical Left.  Using the financial collapse of 2008 as his anchor, Žižek launches his characteristically unflattering assault on global capitalism and liberal democracy.  Francis Fukuyama’s utopian vision of the “end of history” serves as the running joke disparaged over and over throughout to remind readers that the West does not solely determine the delineation of history.  History struck Fukuyama’s dream first as tragedy on the morning of September 11, 2001 and it returned to mock it September of 2008.  While the world panders to the very system and people responsible for the mess, begging that they should clean up after themselves, Žižek asserts capitalism is running on the fumes and assails the Left for their failure to pose a suitable challenge.

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