By Anindya Bhattacharyya
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In the Right Direction

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In his review of Welcome to the Desert of the Real!, the latest book by the Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, Alex Callinicos remarks that despite Zizek's intermittent political 'misses', he's generally 'heading in the right direction' (January SR).
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One noteworthy example of this appears in an interview with Zizek published in ‘Ha’aretz’, the liberal Israeli newspaper, on 13 January. At the end of the interview Zizek is asked what sort of alternative to capitalism he’d like to see. He replies: ‘There’s the puzzle. I would say, a new version of what was once called socialism.’

This, to my knowledge, is the first time that Zizek has explicitly used the word ‘socialism’ to describe his hopes for the future. Previously, he tended to (mis)use the term to describe state capitalist regimes of the former Eastern bloc.

This is a significant move by a leading player in the intellectual debate on alternatives to capitalism–a debate where the ‘s’ word is often conspicuous by its absence. It’s a move to be welcomed.

Anindya Bhattacharyya

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