I found there, on the central square ( Václavské nám?stí ), a café that miraculously worked through this emergency. I remember they had wonderful strawberry cakes, and I was sitting there eating strawberry cakes and watching Russian tanks against demonstrators. It was perfect.
Anecdote about the Soviet suppression of the Prague Spring in 1968, quoted in The New Yorker (5 May 2003), p. 39
I may still be a kind of a Marxist but I'm very realistic, I don't have these dreams of revolutionists around the corner.Slavoj Žižek
We feel free because we lack the very language to articulate our unfreedom.Slavoj Žižek
A spectre is haunting Western academia (...), the spectre of the Cartesian subject.Slavoj Žižek
[A]t the beginning of November 2001, there was a series of meetings between White House advisers and senior Hollywood executives with the aim of co-ordinating the war effort and establishing how Hollywood could help in the "war against terrorism" by getting the right ideological message across not only to Americans, but also to the Hollywood public around the globe the ultimate empirical proof that Hollywood does in fact function as an "ideological state apparatus."Slavoj Žižek
As a Marxist, let me add: if anyone tells you Lacan is difficult, this is class propaganda by the enemy.Slavoj Žižek
I think that the task of philosophy is not to provide answers, but to show how the way we perceive a problem can be itself part of a problem.Slavoj Žižek
In the electoral campaign, President Bush named as the most important person in his life Jesus . Now he has a unique chance to prove that he meant it seriously: for him, as for all Americans today, "Love thy neighbor!" means "Love the Muslims!" OR IT MEANS NOTHING AT ALL.Slavoj Žižek
See you, either in Hell, or in Communism.Slavoj Žižek
The force of universalism is in you Basques, not in the Spanish stateSlavoj Žižek
We usually speak of the Jewish-Christian civilization perhaps, the time has come, especially with regard to the Middle East conflict, to talk about the Jewish-Muslim civilization as an axis opposed to Christianity.Slavoj Žižek
With Lenin it was always a substantial commitment. I always have a certain admiration for people who are aware that somebody has to do the job. What I hate about these liberal, pseudo-left, beautiful soul academics is that they are doing what they are doing fully aware that somebody else will do the job for them.Slavoj Žižek
What characterizes philosophy is this "step back" from actuality into possibility the attitude best rendered by Adorno 's and Horkheimer's motto quoted by Fredric Jameson: "Not Italy itself is given here, but the proof that it exists."Slavoj Žižek
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