Charity is the humanitarian mask hiding the face of economic exploitation.
In a superego blackmail of gigantic proportions, the developed countries ‘help’ the undeveloped with aid, credit and so on, and thereby avoid the key issue, namely their complicity in…the miserable situation
@2 weeks ago with 116 notes
#slavoj zizek #philosophy #charity
@1 year ago with 72 notes
Only people who have read The Sublime Object of Ideology will get this?
(Source: 990000, via nietzxsche)
Further, though, the TOMS campaign — like the million shirts — misses the fundamental point that not having a pair of shoes (or a shirt, christmas toy, etc.) is not a problem about not having shoes. It’s a problem of poverty. Shoelessness, such as it is, is a symptom of a much bigger and more complex problem. And while donating a pair of shoes helps shoelessness, it does not help poverty.
Things like jobs help poverty. Jobs making things like shoes, for example. But TOMS doesn’t make its shoes in Africa, it makes them in China where it’s presumably cheaper to make two pairs of shoes and give one away than it is to get people in a needier community to make one pair of shoes.
The result of this setup, as Zizek explains most succinctly, is that on a big-picture level, TOMS (and other buy-my-product-and-donate companies) are busy building the exploitative global structure that produces economic inequality, while on the other hand pretending that supporting them actually does something to fix it.
It doesn’t. It just gives people shoes.
@1 year ago with 16510 notes
#international aid #slavoj zizek
"It is the “democratic illusion,” the acceptance of democratic procedures as the sole framework for any possible change, that blocks any radical transformation of capitalist relations."
@1 year ago with 27 notes
#slavoj zizek #politics #capitalism #democracy
"Look, Afghanistan, I’m sorry to tell you, I’m old enough to remember, forty years ago, Afghanistan was arguably the most tolerant Middle East Muslim country, with a pro-Western technocratic king, with a very strong local communist party and so on. And then, we know what happened. Communist party tried to took power. They did. When they started to fail, Soviet Union intervened. Then Americans backed the Muslim fundamentalists. In other words, always bear in mind this: Afghanistan is not an old fundamentalist country that we should enlighten. Afghanistan was quite a nice, tolerant country. Its fundamentalization is precisely the result of being caught in the global politics. We, the global liberal system, generate fundamentalisms."
@1 year ago with 845 notes
Slavoj Žižek, DemocracyNow! (via cuntymint)
once again Slavoj Zizek, known to “hate” on Foucault, says a thing that Foucault said in the early 80’s (except about Iran)