Gerry Canavan

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There Is Great Chaos under Heaven – The Situation Is Excellent

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Žižek v. Mubarak (and v. the West): Here, then, is the moment of truth: one cannot claim, as in the case of Algeria a decade ago, that allowing truly free elections equals delivering power to Muslim fundamentalists. Another liberal worry is that there is no organised political power to take over if Mubarak goes. Of course there is not; Mubarak took care of that by reducing all opposition to marginal ornaments, so that the result is like the title of the famous Agatha Christie novel, And Then There Were None. The argument for Mubarak – it’s either him or chaos – is an argument against him.

The hypocrisy of western liberals (editor’s note: please see here) is breathtaking: they publicly supported democracy, and now, when the people revolt against the tyrants on behalf of secular freedom and justice, not on behalf of religion, they are all deeply concerned. Why concern, why not joy that freedom is given a chance? Today, more than ever, Mao Zedong’s old motto is pertinent: “There is great chaos under heaven – the situation is excellent.”

Where, then, should Mubarak go? Here, the answer is also clear: to the Hague. If there is a leader who deserves to sit there, it is him.

Written by gerrycanavan

February 1, 2011 at 11:08 am

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  1. i wonder who zizek thinks the authentic left is in this case.


    February 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm

  2. i mean i haven’t seen many mainstream liberal commentators who seem all that “deeply concerned” by what’s going on there, just the white house.


    February 1, 2011 at 1:13 pm

  3. Yeah, that was what I was aiming at when I complained about the “blanket generalizations” on MetaFilter. It seems to me that liberals in the U.S. (in both parties) are pretty split on whether or not they like what they’re seeing in Egypt. Even the Obama administration can’t seem to make up its mind. Zizek seems to be aiming more at some abstract “median” liberal than at anyone in particular.


    February 1, 2011 at 1:17 pm

  4. well, i only bring it up because his position is pretty much the same as the latest batch of nytimes editorials on the subject (kerry, kristof, brooks). no one is arguing ‘for’ mubarak.

    and the power vacuum is of general importance, isn’t it? the probable outcome of all this will be neither the status quo nor joyful chaos.


    February 1, 2011 at 2:10 pm

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