Novi obsceni gospodar

Če se stalinistični voditelj boji, da mu lahko že drobna nedostojnost ali nepopolnost uniči njegov položaj, so naši novi voditelji pripravljeni iti bistveno dlje v odpovedi dostojnosti.   Novi obsceni javni prostor, kakor vznika danes, spreminja način, kako deluje nasprotje med videzom in govoricami. Ne gre za to, da videzi ne bi več veljali, ker […]

Kriza novega populizma

Ponavadi obtožujemo ljudi, da samo govorijo, namesto da bi nekaj storili; sedanji protesti so natanko nasprotje: ljudje se vedejo nasilno, ker nimajo pravih besed, da bi izrazili svojo stisko.   Svetovni red, kakršnega smo poznali, razpada. Države prekinjajo stike s Svetovno zdravstveno organizacijo in drugimi mednarodnimi organizacijami, odpovedujejo stare sporazume o oboroževanju. Trump je napovedal, […]

Rdeča tabletka. Že, že … toda katera?

Resnični preizkušnji nista toliko zapora in izolacija, temveč se preizkušnja pričenja zdaj, ko se naše družbe začenjajo ponovno premikati.   V dokumentarcu o življenju v coni Černobila po nesreči spoznamo preprosto kmečko družino: še kar naprej živijo v svoji koči, ne menijo se za ukaze o evakuaciji, pozabljeni s strani državnih oblasti. Niso verjeli v […]

Obupno potrebujemo nove scenarije

Pogosto slišimo, da se nam trenutno v realnem življenju dogaja tisto, kar smo bili navajeni gledati v hollywoodskih distopijah. Katere vrste filmov torej zdaj gledamo v realnem življenju?   Ko so mi prijatelji iz Združenih državah sporočli, da so prodajalne orožja razprodale zaloge celo hitreje od lekarn, sem si skušal predstavljati sklepanje kupcev: verjetno so […]

A heart larger than life

I must confess that, more often than not, I did not like what Hugo Chavez was doing, especially in the last years of his reign. I don’t mean the ridiculous accusations about his “totalitarian” dictatorship (to people who claimed this, I would advise a year or two in a real Stalinist dictatorship!). But yes, he […]

When only a heresy can keep us alive

How did Barack Obama win reelection? Jean-Claude Milner recently proposed the notion of “stabilizing class”: not the old ruling class, but the broad class of all those who are fully committed to the stability and continuity of the existing social, economic and political order, the class of those who, even when they call for a […]

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WELCOME TO THE “SPIRITUAL KINGDOM OF ANIMALS”

The documentary The Act of Killing (Final Cut Film Production, Copenhagen) premiered in 2012 at the Telluride film festival and was also shown at Toronto International Film Festival. The Act of Killing, directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, provides a unique and deeply disturbing insight into the ethical deadlock of global capitalism. The film – shot in […]

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Signs From The Future

So where do we stand now, in 2012? 2011 was the year of dreaming dangerously, of the revival of radical emancipatory politics all around the world. Now, a year later, every day brings new proofs of how fragile and inconsistent the awakening was, with all of its many facets displaying the same signs of exhaustion: […]

There’s a lot of work to be done in Europe

When Stojan Pelko invited me to this event, he asked me to be provocative. And I certainly will. We started with 40 minutes of self-congratulatory ritual introductions. Not a single thing was said that was not already known. I know that this is a ritual but perhaps the time has come to change the rituals. […]

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All we are saying is give Greece a chance

De te fabula narratur   Imagine a scene from a dystopian movie which depicts our society in its near future decay: uniformed guards patrol half-empty downtown streets during the night, looking for immigrants, criminals, and other suspicious types in order to brutally collect and evict them… what seems like a cheap Hollywood image is a […]

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