[Marxism] Is Slavoj Zizek a US propaganda psyop?

Andrew Pollack acpollack2 at gmail.com
Mon May 26 08:01:28 MDT 2014

On another front this morning I recommended Orwell's "Politics and the
English Language" to those who swoon over abstract, meaningless jargon,and
the sloppy politics it enables.
But this is beyond duplicity and incoherence. It's just fucking stupid.
Will the workshop organizers bring tin-foil alien signal-receptor caps for
everyone or should we bring our own?

On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 9:51 AM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <
marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:

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> On 5/26/14 9:45 AM, Richard Menec via Marxism wrote:
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>> (I cannot attend this, unfortunately, but it would be great to have a
>> report!)
>> http://www.leftforum.org/content/zizek-delenda-est
> Zizek Delenda Est
> Participants:
> Jacob Levich Chair,
> Hannah Wolfe ISO
> Molly Klein
> John Steppling
> Levich is a long time "anti-imperialist" who was a Marxmail subscriber
> over a decade ago. I can't remember if I booted him or if he unsubbed. The
> title of the workshop comes from "Carthage delenda est", which means
> Carthage must be destroyed. I wonder if Michael Smith was an outside
> consultant on the title.
> I have written a number of articles critiquing Zizek but I would never
> consider him some kind of imperialist operative, which is the impression
> that these panelists want to convey based on the blurbs found in the Left
> Forum website.
> Abstract:
> Is Slavoj Zizek a US propaganda psyop? I want to ask my comrades on the
> left to consider the possibility. After years of research, I have come to
> the conclusion that Zizek is a charlatan posing as a "Stalinist" to both
> discredit communists by performing a caricature Bolshevik and
> simultaneously, to smuggle fascist ideas including old fashioned Aryan
> supremacism and 19th century race theory, back into public discourse
> disguised as radical left critique of liberalism. I zill focus on how he
> exploits his radical left image to spread imperialist propaganda and
> disinformation. I'll trace the origins of the Zizek Industry to his first
> anointing by the New Left Review,then under the control of Croatian
> Nationalists and Tudjman supporters, as the Balkan Leftist who would
> initiate, in 1990, the dominant strain of imperialist propaganda about
> Yugoslavia, and yet further back to his career as an antiMarxist dissident
> and Slovene ethnic nationalist. I will discuss the way he has influenced a
> generation to the point where now right wing and reactionary ideas as well
> as pure white house disinformation and propaganda are routinely packaged as
> hip "lefty" and "radical" thought.
> (I assume that Levich wrote this. It smacks of the conspiracist mindset
> that has infected the left for decades now. Skullduggery reminiscent of the
> Mad Magazine "Spy versus Spy" cartoons.)
> Molly Klein:
> Zizek Must Be Destroyed. Zizek is not only an individual celebrity
> intellectual who, with the help of the NYTimes, the Guardian, the BBC, In
> These Times, and Verso Books has become the most recognizeablle "Marxist"
> in the spectacle, but the name of a type of ideological revanchist black
> operation which seeks to reverse the gains of the radical scolarship and
> decoloniality of the past decades, to vend US imperial propaganda and
> disinformation as "critique of liberalism" and "contrarian insights," to
> rebarbarize moeurs (normalizing racist and sexist verbal aggression,
> re-segregating intellectual milieux) which had been to a great degree
> civilized by the successes of the social movementsm, and to revive Nazi
> ideology - rebranded as "radical left" - in academic, "indy" publishing,
> and what's left of "counterculture" circles. The problem is not confined to
> this one individual (whom many dismiss as clownish) but involves a
> significant network of culture producers showing his influence routinely
> reproducing US imperialapology, propaganda and disinformation in a
> superficial "left" package and opportunistically attacking all challenges
> to Empire which threaten to gain steam.
> (I just love the business about "ideological revanchist black operation".
> I have a feeling that Molly must have a poster of Vishinsky on her bedroom
> wall like John Travolta had one of Al Pacino in "Saturday Night Fever".
> Klein, like Levich, is anxious to demonize NLR and Verso. Over the years I
> have grown used to sectarian idiots making NLR and Verso into a kind of
> litmus test after the fashion of the Trotsky "From a scratch to a gangrene"
> polemics. As if someone lecturing on "The Matrix" is the biggest problem
> facing the left. In my view, the biggest problem facing the left is the
> sheer lunacy of people wasting space and time at the Left Forum on
> something like this. Frankly, I was a bit distressed to see that Hannah
> Wolfe of the ISO is taking part. The comrade should know better.)
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