Friday, August 7, 2009
"Let's Not Demonize Violence": Slavoj Zizek on Violences (Mythic, Divine, etc.), and Gandhi's Violence
Slavoj Zizek explores the nature of violence and power, and, in the second video, why nonviolent activists are, in fact, committing acts of violence. Zizek leaps over the typical self-congratulation among nonviolent advocates for being morally superior to the jack-booted thugs who use tear gas, rubber bullets, and worse; for Zizek, the great power of nonviolence is not its lack of violence, but its lack of physical, mythic violence that sanctifies the state. For Zizek, nonviolence is a kind of "symbolic" violence, or "divine violence." Gandhi and MLK are name-checked therein.