Currently we are at troubled times, the pessimistic diagnosis of the future concludes with an uplifting clues that things might not be as bad as all that, that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Slavoj Žižek argues that the light at the end of the tunnel is in fact the headlight of a train approaching us from the opposite direction – that fundamental change can be brought about.
From mass migration and geopolitical tensions to terrorism, the explosion of rightist populism and the emergence of new radical politics various challenges are analysed and found that all in their own way, express the impasses of global capitalism. He advocates that there is enough time for a change.
Can we, he asks, move beyond the failure of socialism, and beyond the current wave of populist rage, and initiate radical change before the train hits?
Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenianpsychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and Hegelian Marxist. He is a senior researcher at the Institute for Sociology and Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana, Global Distinguished Professor of German at New York University, and international director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities of the University of London. His work is located at the intersection of a range of subjects, including continental philosophy, political theory, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, film criticism, and theology.