When capitalism and democracy become dissociated

Slavoj Žižek on 1001 things before breakfast…

And no-one does it better.

The title above is derived from a comment by Žižek near the beginning of the interview clip. Žižek is referring to China, which, if its economy doesn’t collapse through overheating, is set to become the principal political and economic force in the world. As the man says, capitalism doesn’t always bring democracy. Anyone who thinks otherwise is blind to both history and the reality of the world around them today.

Žižek also calls on the left to deal with the current state-of-emergency ideology by withdrawing a little to analyse the situation properly. Wise words. If we spend all our time putting out fires then we have little or nothing left with which to build.

Hat tip: Will