Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Slavoj Žižek speaks at Occupy Wall Street: Transcript

"Remember. The problem is not corruption or greed. The problem is the system. It forces you to be corrupt. Beware not only of the enemies, but also of false friends who are already working to dilute this process. In the same way you get coffee without caffeine, beer without alcohol, ice cream without fat, they will try to make this into a harmless, moral protest. A decaffienated process. But the reason we are here is that we have had enough of a world where, to recycle Coke cans, to give a couple of dollars for charity, or to buy a Starbucks cappuccino where 1% goes to third world starving children is enough to make us feel good. After outsourcing work and torture, after marriage agencies are now outsourcing our love life, we can see that for a long time, we allow our political engagement also to be outsourced. We want it back."
Read more


  1. Makes sense to me:

    No matter what, I'll be supporting Occupy Wall Street. And I think the movement's basic strategy – to build numbers and stay in the fight, rather than tying itself to any particular set of principles – makes a lot of sense early on. But the time is rapidly approaching when the movement is going to have to offer concrete solutions to the problems posed by Wall Street. To do that, it will need a short but powerful list of demands. There are thousands one could make, but I'd suggest focusing on five:


  2. VZA, less than 1% of people have even a slight understanding of the global financial system and derivatives.

    Almost none of these protestors have any idea what they actually want.

    We need better regulation and transparency into derivatives. But do we know how to value derivatives and their covariances? There are several hundred quintillien dollars notional value worth of derivatives.

    This is a huge problem for all 7 billion of us. How does whining about our problems help us solve them?

  3. "Israel lobby casts itself as an enemy of Occupy Wall Street"


    I'm guessing our resident clown is moonlighting for these people. I wonder if his CIA masters approve.

  4. Oh-oh! Reversion to guest status. 

  5. Actually an idea just occured to me. Could this be an English plot? To stir instability and protests in an attempt to bring down the former colonies that exceed Britain in success. Former imperial colonies such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, America, New Zealand, India, Australia, Botswana, Ireland, Canada? So many former colonies doing so well. So much jealousy.

    Now this might be a stretch. I don't think this is actually the case. But we need to think outside the box sometimes to try to understand the English mind.

    Fortunately I don't think anyone on this blog works for Mi6. Not even Jemmy, although he is brainwashed with British establishment propoganda . . . a useful idiot so to speak.

    Anyway the real issue is how close every bank and financial institution in the world is to a synchronized crash and freezing up. Which would disrupt the global payment system [since no one would be able to use a check, credit card, wire transfer, or access any savings or wealth.] Gas stations would cease selling gas since they would have no means to buy gas. The transportation industry would largely shut down, including railways, public transit, airlines, shipping, buses, trucks. Quickly we would revert to walking and physically drawn <span>carriages</span>.  Mail would mostly stop since the transportation infrastructure shutturs. Stores would run out of inventory, including food.

    ATM machines would stop working, meaning people wouldn't be able to abtain currency notes.

    Prices for goods and services would skyrocket such as goods and services were even available for sale because of rampant supply shortages and the central banks printing currency like mad.

    We have been on the verge of this global armegetton since late 2007. We still are extremely close to a true global panic.

    What are the protestors plans to deal with this. How many of them even understand how close to complete breakdown we still are?

  6. Yes Jemmy. They've changed the setting and one has to log in every time now

  7. <span>Could this be an English plot?</span>

    Yes it is madman.. finish your soup and off to bed now.

  8. This latest extract from the Lal Kitab reminds me of a Nat Cole song. You know, "Ramble on, ramble on ..."