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Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek

Writing for PS since 2022
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Slavoj Žižek, Professor of Philosophy at the European Graduate School, is International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities at the University of London and the author, most recently, of Heaven in Disorder (OR Books, 2021).

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  1. Ukraine Is Palestine, Not Israel
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    Ukraine Is Palestine, Not Israel

    Sep 14, 2022 Slavoj Žižek explains why the war must be framed in universal terms, rather than as a defense of Europe.

  2. Ukraine’s Tale of Two Colonizations
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    Ukraine’s Tale of Two Colonizations

    Aug 30, 2022 Slavoj Žižek warns that the country is facing not just violent occupation but also Western neoliberal expropriation.

  3. Degeneracy, Depravity, and the New Right
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    Degeneracy, Depravity, and the New Right

    Aug 17, 2022 Slavoj Žižek shows how the movement is widening its appeal by openly appealing to adherents' worst impulses.

  4. What the “Woke” Left and the Alt-Right Share
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    What the “Woke” Left and the Alt-Right Share

    Aug 3, 2022 Slavoj Žižek sees each movement as an expression of capitalism's triumph over class struggle.

  5. The Betrayal of the Left
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    The Betrayal of the Left

    Jul 11, 2022 Slavoj Žižek laments the lack of solidarity with those risking their lives to stand up to powerful aggressors.

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    The Key to Unlocking Africa’s Economic Potential

    Landry Signé explains why fostering trade integration and regional value chains is essential for the continent to prosper.
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    Geopolitical Davids and Goliaths

    Harold James considers lessons from smaller countries about how to wield power and influence in the twenty-first century.
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    Preparing for the Next Global Catastrophe

    José Manuel Barroso explains why global leaders must focus on creating equitable response mechanisms ahead of the next crisis.
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    Italy’s Next Government Must Tackle Climate Security

    Luca Bergamaschi shows why the country’s politicians can no longer afford to ignore a major threat to national security.
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    Europe and the New Non-Alignment

    Laurence Tubiana

    Despite the massive civilian suffering in Ukraine, many countries have been wary of taking sides, owing both to a perception of European double standards and to Russia’s leverage over energy and commodity prices. But while new geopolitical dynamics have complicated climate advocacy, they certainly haven't derailed it.

    sees both challenges and opportunities for climate policy in an era of geopolitical fragmentation.
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    The Sting of Climate Risk Is in the Tails

    Mark Cliffe thinks conventional models have overemphasized the long term at the expense of more immediate threats.
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    Should Humanities Professors Be Automated?

    Nicholas Agar considers the implications of recent successes with AI-generated academic research and writing.
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    Should Energy Companies’ Windfall Profits Be Taxed?

    Imposing a one-off tax on energy companies’ extraordinary profits might seem like a no-brainer at a time of soaring inflation, but the idea has more than a few detractors. As policymakers in a growing number of economies move ahead, we asked PS commentators whether they are right to do so.

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    The Global Necessity of American Democracy

    Javier Solana shows why the political health of the United States has become a matter of global concern.

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