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Žižek is at It Again

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Commandante Zizek opines in the New York Times

Comandante Žižek opines in the New York Times

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Slovenly Slovene Slavoj Žižek is at it again. He’s been caught plagiarizing in an article for the New York Times, ISIS is a Disgrace to True Fundamentalism.” But this time, he was only plagiarizing himself, copy-pasting from one of his books.

The real crime, though, is Žižek’s argument, which attributes the violence and intolerance of ISIS not to belief in Islamic doctrine, including its superiority to other religions, which are false and must be destroyed, but rather to lack of belief and an implicit inferiority complex.

But are the terrorist fundamentalists really fundamentalists in the authentic sense of the term? Do they really believe? What they lack is a feature that is easy to discern in all authentic fundamentalists, from Tibetan Buddhists to the Amish in the United States — the absence of resentment and envy, the deep indifference towards the nonbelievers’ way of life.

Žižek ludicrously suggests that true Islamic fundamentalists would be as benign and nonviolent as Buddhists and Amish. What Žižek leaves out is any analysis of Islamic doctrine, how it might differ from Buddhist or Amish doctrines, and how those differences might affect their neighbors.

Islam is a universalistic religion that commands both ultraviolence and fraud as spiritual weapons against unbelievers. Islam is an inherently political religion, a law code, that requires the overthrow of other regimes and the institution of Sharia law. These are products of Muslim conviction, not lack of Muslim conviction. The stronger the belief in Islam, the greater the will to religious totalitarianism and intolerance.

Žižek, however, sidesteps the doctrinal roots of the Muslim love affair with the sword and stone in favor of tired Western Marxist psychologizing:

If today’s so-called fundamentalists really believe they have found their way to Truth, why should they feel threatened by nonbelievers. Why should they envy them? When a Buddhist encounters a Western hedonist, he hardly condemns. He just benevolently notes that the hedonist’s search for happiness is self-defeating. In contrast to true fundamentalists, the terrorist pseudo-fundamentalists are deeply bothered, intrigued and fascinated by the sinful life of the nonbelievers. One can feel that, in fighting the sinful other, they are fighting their own temptation. This is why the so-called fundamentalists of ISIS are a disgrace to true fundamentalism.

. . . Deep in themselves, terrorist fundamentalists also lack true conviction — their violent outbursts are a proof of it. How fragile the belief of a Muslim must be if he feels threatened by a stupid caricature in a low-circulation Danish newspaper. The fundamentalist Islamic terror is not grounded in the terrorists’ conviction of their superiority and in their desire to safeguard their cultural-religious identity from the onslaught of global consumerist civilization.

The problem with terrorist fundamentalists is not that we consider them inferior to us, but, rather, that they themselves secretly consider themselves inferior.

Žižek posits that Muslim violence against non-believers is a manifestation of psychological inferiority: they feel “threatened” by us — perhaps “just because we’re different.” Muslims are also motivated by “envy” of Westerners and a sense of inferiority — a flattering notion that is all too easy for Westerners to accept.

Žižek’s analysis is just another version of the liberal dogma that intolerance is always based on the irrational fears (“x-phobia”) and psychological inadequacies of the offending party, never on the objective behavior of the objects of intolerance or on the intellectual principles of the intolerant. (It is a little “edgy,” of course, for Žižek to apply this analysis to non-Europeans, but never fear, our people get the short end of the stick when the dialectical dance is done.)

The truth is, though, that Islamic violence and intolerance are not mere products of psychological inadequacies — although surely they are involved in some cases — but of sincerity and intensity of belief. Because intolerance is what Islam commands.

Žižek’s analysis has insidious political implications that he does not spell out. Who can object to the presence of Buddhists and Amish in Western societies? Western liberals dream of engineering an equally benign — moderate, tolerant, assimilated — Islam in our midst. Žižek goes one further than that, for his position clearly implies that even fundamentalist Muslims among would be no threat at all, if they just worked through their psychological “issues,” their irrational fears and inferiority complexes.

Žižek does not, of course, speculate how many thousands of European girls will have to be gang-raped and how many old widows will be beheaded in the meantime. That would be racist, and he has standards, after all.

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  1. Ronald
    Posted September 6, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Look at this American anti-ISIS propaganda

    This is what the US government thinks will discourage people from joining ISIS? They love killing and violence! They highlight their own brutality. Now compare to Egyptian propaganda:

    Convincing people that ISIS is filled with gays would do more to discourage Muslims from joining than showing their beheadings and crucifixions. But Westerners have no ability to understand the thinking of other cultures, much less extremists.

  2. Patrick
    Posted September 6, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    I think you are being too harsh on Zizek in this case. If he wants to be published in the New York Times he can’t talk about unpleasant verses in islam… and I think his article does highlight an aspect of the islamic mindset that people have to understand.

    • Greg Johnson
      Posted September 6, 2014 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

      I think he throws zero light on Islam. As far as his analysis is concerned, the Koran does not exist.

  3. Erik
    Posted September 6, 2014 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    Zizek is just pushing the stupid old liberal argument that goes like this, “if other people anger you then you doubt yourself and therefore other people are right”. Instead, ‘coexistence’, which means liberalism, pluralism, cultural and racial deterioration, parliamentarian representation, de-politicization, feminism, and ultimately America.

    Liberals have such dominance of the means to power that they can get away with saying increasingly baseless stupidities. The fact that a Marxist employs such liberal rhetoric is again an example of liberalism and Marxism’s common origin: the Jewish revolt in morality.

    I hope ISIS wins simply so that liberals will be exterminated and the contemporary feminist female will be severely punished.

    • Ea
      Posted September 7, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

      You know that they will enslave whites too, dont you? You should read G. Johnson articles on Moses the egyptian. Its not a religion of hate per se. The ‘mosaic distintion’ moves them that direction.

  4. W. N. Lawrence
    Posted September 6, 2014 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    It just so happens that I am currently neck-deep in Islamist theory. Without going into detail, I can assure you that the threat posed is beyond even what most people realize.

    I do have a manly respect for them and indeed WN and Islamist concerns overlap to an extent but they want nothing more than world domination at the expense of all others. This cannot be emphasized strongly enough. Nor can it be debated by anyone familiar with the literature. It is incumbent upon Whites to remove the Jew from power if only to secure our borders against the coming Muslim hordes. They will only be stopped at the border. Once inside in sufficient numbers the cancer will have already begun. Recent news is a mere taste of what will come.

    That said, we have no business bombing them in their own lands. It is neither ethical nor practical. In addition to the usual WN objections about Israel and Jewish power, the West’s policies towards Muslim states amount to nothing more than kicking a hornet’s nest the size of a continent.

  5. Maple Leaf
    Posted September 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    I would think being raised on this kind of horror, sets you up for a fear driven life?

  6. Peter Quint
    Posted September 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Just makes me want to do more. “Let hatred rule your heart; let logic rule your mind and actions.” thus spake me!

  7. meh
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 6:32 am | Permalink

    “I think you are being too harsh on Zizek in this case. If he wants to be published in the New York Times he can’t talk about unpleasant verses in islam… and I think his article does highlight an aspect of the islamic mindset that people have to understand.”

    Wanting to be published in the New York Times is a major character defect all by itself.

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