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January 01, 2009

No frenemy to the left

A General Theory of Rubbish cites Slavoj Zizek (much more at links). This doubles as a preliminary diagnosis of the Obama administration. We are the change we have repressed.

My personal experience is that practically all of the "radical" academics silently count on the long-term stability of the American capitalist model, with the secure tenured position as their ultimate professional goal (a surprising number of them even play on the stock market). If there is a thing they are gen­uinely horrified of, it is a radical shattering of the (relatively) safe life environ­ment of the "symbolic classes" in the developed Western societies. Their exces­sive Politically Correct zeal when dealing with sexism, racism, Third World sweatshops, etc., is thus ultimately a defense against their own innermost identi­fication, a kind of compulsive ritual whose hidden logic is: "Let's talk as much as possible about the necessity of a radical change to make sure that nothing will really change!"

Also prominent in the symbolic classes: Lawyers. An adjunct law prof as President counts as a twofer.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 1, 2009 08:03 AM