... is shocking if this video is anything to go by. I say this as a person who considers himself part of the secular Left.
Slavoj Žižek is supposed to be some influential figure on the Left and “uses examples from popular culture to explain the theory of Jacques Lacan and uses Lacanian psychoanalysis, Hegelian philosophy and Marxist economic criticism to interpret and speak extensively on immediately current social phenomena, including the current ongoing global financial crisis.” Well, that is enough for alarm bells to ring, to my mind. I smell intellectual nonsense already, of the sort comparable to the charlatanry of Postmodernism. We do not require the idiocy of “Lacanian psychoanalysis” to know something is seriously wrong with modern economics.
According to this video, the “great man” Žižek went to speak to the Occupy Wall Street protesters (one can read his ramblings here).
However, he told them he had no substantive advice for them at all. Instead, he told them (wait for it): “not to fall in love with themselves.”
The Left can do better than buffoons like this.