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Posts Tagged ‘extremism’

the consumerist cult of the individual, social peace and its enemies

06.09.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

With the decline in traditional religiosity and the deracination of the individual in a multicultural consumer society – shouldn’t we descend into an age of violence, particularly at a time of global crisis? Apparently not. According to this here the UK is now at its most peaceful ever, with crime rates, and especially homicide rates, ...

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reactionary anti-capitalism

07.28.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

I’ve always found the ease with which some who would count themselves towards the radical left take to Schmitt’s “critique of democracy” or Heidegger’s “critique of technology”. Johannes Thumfart highlights a very worrying example in die tageszeitung – English version at signandsight. Thumfart sums up the anonymous (and at least in France and Germany celebrated) ...

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The Voice of Sanity

07.26.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

An excellent article by Alan Johnson on the world after Oslo in World Affairs Journal. Here is his conclusion: When the terrible news broke, I recalled the summers I spent at the British Labour Party Young Socialist summer camp in the beautiful Forest of Dean, working-class kids drowning in honey as surely as Evelyn Waugh’s ...

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The fatal attraction of Jacobinism: Žižek as Robespierre

07.24.2011 · Posted in Uncategorized

The world we’re going down into, the kind of hate-world, slogan-world. The coloured shirts, the barbed wire, the rubber truncheons. The secret cells where the electric light burns night and day, and the detectives watching you while you sleep.’ (Orwell 1990) Totalitarianism is en vogue again, it seems, as the internationally acclaimed philosopher/psychoanalyst Slavoj Žižek ...

consumerism as antidote?

02.15.2010 · Posted in Uncategorized

In my article “After Heroism: Religion Versus Consumerism” I argued that one effect of the adaptation religions undergo in order to survive under the hegemony of consumer culture is a move from radical commitment to “occasionalism” in which religiosity appears as an individual choice – a choice which is, crucially, reversible. This, in turn, would ...

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