[Marxism] How to read Zizek

Joshua Fiero trinkle.trinkle at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 13:21:37 MDT 2012

Longtime lurker on this list. Haven't done much posting, because I don't
feel I have much to add most of the time, but in this case, I feel
compelled to point out that this incident, with the hacking-off of
vaccinated arms by the NLF, is straight out of the film Apocalypse Now
(related by one of the characters as a monologue). I don't know if that
means it isn't true, but the film critic Jonathan Rosenbaum claims the
story has no basis in fact, for what that's worth.

On Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 2:09 PM, Ken Hiebert <knhiebert at shaw.ca> wrote:

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> Somewhere Zizek tells the story of an incident in the Vienam War. It may
> have been in Iraq: the Borrowed Kettle.
> According to his account the Americans came through a village in Vietnam
> and while they were there they gave some small children shots to prevent
> some illness.  Later the NLF came through and punished the village by
> cutting off the arms that bore the marks of the shots.
> I was horrified and disgusted by this story.  If it were true, it would be
> a horrible crime.  it is hard to believe that the NLF, which had broad
> support among the Vietnamese people, would do such a thing.
> As bad as the story was Zizek's reaction to it.  He presented in a matter
> of fact way, as something that would be a normal part of any struggle.  As
> if such ruthlessness and cruelty were necessary to win.
> Reading this I formed a very negative opinion of Zizek.
>                                                 ken h
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