O! DO TELL! On Kohenari’s attempt to contextualize Žižek’s Leninism contra Zizek’s desire for the repetition of a Leninist revolution
With regard to the first complaint — and unlike so many other Žižekians who commented on my first piece — Downes has done the hard work of actually finding two lengthy quotes, from “A Plea for Leninist Intolerance” [pdf] and ”Mao Zedong: the Marxist Lord of Misrule,” that refute my charge
Boy Howdy! You really do think highly of yourself. Much pride, no? What a patronizing douche you can be. Must keep your teeth white.
Of course, as with anything involving Žižek, it’s all about which quotes you choose since he has written and said so very many words. And, ultimately, my argument is that Žižek is either masterful or hapless in the way that he rejects and embraces the idea of a pure Leninism at turns.
Oh god, really? Are you simply going to cherry-pick a quote or two from other people who you agree with about how to interpret Zizek’s work?
Zizek’s project isn’t quotes put into context to refute or support your claims, which represent more or less your anxieties about people who are willing to examine, in this case, Lenin’s work. You know that’s not how discourse should work. Such added-context is surplus, is disingenuous, and is rather unnecessary. Zizek’s project has been evolving and continuous, rather than contiguous as you represent it, and is certainly not an effort to realize/actualize/(whatever you’d like to insist) a repetition of a Leninist revolution. This obsession about a Leninist purity in Zizek is weird. And, he’s anything but pure. Moreover, your beef is clearly with Lenin (and socialists and communists and all the other folks you’re conveniently comparing who aren’t comparable in the way you insist they are to Lenin and Leninism.) As a result, you’re completely missing Zizek’s point.
[#long reads] As if length is a sign of intellectual work.