Posted by: HAT | November 14, 2009

Utopia Fails to Materialize

Not exactly news. But this essay by Slavoj Žižek (found at Perverse Egalitarianism) explains its particular failure to materialize in the wake of the utopiphoria following the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

“The same threat hangs over both [the content of the tradition and its receivers]: that of becoming a tool of the ruling classes. . . . Only that historian will have the gift of fanning the spark of hope in the past who is firmly convinced that even the dead will not be safe from the enemy if he wins. And this enemy has not ceased to be victorious.” (Walter Benjamin, Thesis VI on the Philosophy of History)

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