Give me Back the Berlin Wall, Give me Stalin & St Paul
Interesting discussions mit Endlose Gedanke und An und Fuer Sich on some of the upshots of Zizek's materialism conference at the weekend. I only caught a couple of papers, but these seemed to crystallise several elements of his (and Badiou's) philosophy that I have always been extremely uncomfortable with - a reclaiming of the Christian tradition, St Paul, Plato, a Leninism that doesn't so much critique as ignore all Luxemburgist/Councilist/Situationist critiques of vanguardism, and a mystical idea that the Augenblick is always just around the corner - in fact becomes antipolitical, a conciliatory sop that the revolution/revelation will somehow appear out of the ether after 30 years of defeats for the Left. The missing 'historical' prefix to our materialism is always necessary, and one should be very suspicious when it gets taken out. As Debord points out in his Commentaries, history and democracy were born in the same place at the same time, and died together too - and some would seem ready to welcome this in the name of their Christian Communism.