[Marxism] How to read Zizek

Thomas Bias tgbias at ptd.net
Fri Sep 14 14:26:45 MDT 2012


This is a scene in Coppola's film "Apocalypse Now." Whether it happened or
not in reality, I have no knowledge. ~Tom

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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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