Zizek gave a talk on Nov 12 2010 and the Birkbeck Institute, which you can listen to here. The following passage is around the one hour and ten minute mark. Zizek is famous for calling vegetarians “degenerates” on youtube. But he seems to be changing his view, after reading Derrida’s “L’animal donc que je suis” […]Read More Zizek turns on the treatment of animals
C.B. Macpherson is an important figure in Canadian political thought. Reading his Massey Lectures, I came across this interesting analysis of labour “capacity” versus “ability”, which is related to, but not the same as, Marx’s distinction between “labour” and “labour power”: If you take the powers of a man to be simply the strength and […]Read More C.B. Macpherson on Labour
Just compare this obvious case of how the Haitian election is covered in Canada, compared to the UK. This is from the CBC’s story: Violent protests filled the streets of Port-au-PrinceThursday as Haiti’s electoral council said ballots in the country’s disputed presidential election will be recounted. Supporters of the government-backed candidate Jude Célestin clashed with […]Read More Media Control and Reporting on the Haitian Election
It is easy to stress the differences between societies in which significant proportions of the public support violent insurrection against the state, and societies where the mainstream supports police brutality and the largest attack on civil rights in Canadian history because they saw a police car burning on TV. But, perhaps this way of conceptualizing […]Read More How should we understand ‘violence’ in a cyberworld?
I like Christmas – as someone who grew up secular-Christian within a dominantly white and protestant society, it’s always been the dominant holiday of the year. And it’s a good holiday for largely the same reasons its predecessor, Saturnalia, was a good pagan holiday – it revolves around food, drink, the exchange of gifts, meaningful […]Read More What I don’t want for Christmas
This morning I was watching a panel discussion from the Logan Symposium at UC Berkley, (in six parts, find part 1 here). The panel is interesting in general, especially because it includes both Assange’s activist position, and more traditional journalistic opinions. But what stood out for me were Assange’s comments on why Cablegate was being pursued differently […]Read More Julian Assange on Crowd Sourcing, Values and Journalism