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Stephen Sackur

"definitely on to something" - is this something you're really sure about ? Any hints as to what it might be ? Since he talks so much I suppose he must be onto something or other sometimes :-)


Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner - that I moved to Nice.

by Ted Welch (tedwelch-at-mac-dot-com) on Sun Mar 6th, 2011 at 06:36:58 PM EST
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kolorful karacters dept...

his train does leave the track sometimes, imo, but it's refreshing to see and hear such an extreme pov on the bbc.

if i said i understood 1% of his wiki page, i'd be lying!


the delivery is not yer usual pr smoothie style, he zigzags, but he's thought through his history, and would be provocative company on a long air flight.

now maybe you'll give me the pro breakdown...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Mar 6th, 2011 at 09:11:39 PM EST
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Distribution of (land) resource rents, nationalising money supply, regulating finance are not "leftist" alternatives? What is left?
For a georgist-"hudsonist" (kind of), Zizek is frustating listening. Like he is trying to invent the wheel.
by kjr63 on Tue Mar 8th, 2011 at 04:59:28 PM EST
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IF I interpret him as he intended I see him as basically saying that the process of dialog or dialectic, in Hegel's terms this would be thesis, antithesis and synthesis, has ground to a halt due to the ability of liberal capitalism to marginalize all effective antithesises. This leads to a period of intellectual stagnation, as anything that might provoke significant development of our collective understanding of society is stifled. I think he is right on this and, further, that what remains is not sufficient to stand on its own and will stagnate and collapse, as it were, from its own internal contradictions. The process of wealth concentration into the hands of a very few undercuts the basis of the existing economy and society and sets the stage for a collapse of population levels in which only the strong will survive. Most of the population of the "liberal democracies" will applaud this process right up until it kills them.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 10th, 2011 at 10:58:48 PM EST
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And it is obvious that Stephen Sackur is a culture bound twit who is incapable of imagining the realities Zizek has lived and is attempting, over Sackur's unhelpful interruptions, to describe. Sackur or sack off?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Mar 10th, 2011 at 11:03:34 PM EST
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self-important part-time philosopher.

Thanks for the synthetic take on Zizek, I understand better why I like him (and now I don't need to read the book!) (smilee)

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Mar 11th, 2011 at 10:39:10 AM EST
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Thank you tolerating me...

He spends most energy in being apologetic or denoundements. Which makes it hard to get his point even to possible sympathizers.

by das monde on Fri Mar 11th, 2011 at 02:53:19 AM EST
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