Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Žižek recently stated that if he were voting in the US election, he would cast his ballot for the Republican candidate, Donald Trump.
In a video interview with Channel 4 News when asked who he would vote for, the philosopher said, “Trump. I am horrified at him. I’m just thinking that Hillary is the true danger. Why? She built an impossible all-inclusive coalition.”
The philosopher continued, “Look, the one point when I fully agreed with Trump was, you remember, when Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary? He said, Trump, wasn’t it simply true. He said it’s like somebody from Occupy Wall Street endorsing Lehman Brothers. In every society there is a whole network of unwritten rules, how politics work and how you build consensus. Trump disturbed this.”
“And if Trump wins, both big parties, Republicans and Democrats, would have to return to basics, rethink themselves, and maybe some things can happen there. That’s my desperate, very desperate hope, that if Trump wins, listen, America is still not a dictatorial state, he will not introduce fascism,” he argued. But it will be a big kind of awakening. New political processes will be set in motion, will be triggered.”
“But I am well aware that things are very dangerous here, not only all this white supremacy groups, but listen, Trump openly said, and there’s a report saying that he’ll probably do it, you know how important in the United States the Supreme Court is? He’s already said he will nominate right-wingers. So there are dangers and I’m just afraid that Hillary stands for this absolute inertia, the most dangerous one. Because she is a cold warrior, and so on, connected with banks, pretending to be socially progressive.”
This is a surprising endorsement from a man formerly a member of the Communist party of Slovenia. Some Channel 4 readers, however, did not agree with Žižek’s sentiment,
@Channel4News What a privileged thing to say.
— Mafalda Dâmaso (@Mafalda_Damaso) November 3, 2016
— Danilo Cariola (@Dannycariola) November 3, 2016
@Channel4News being a zizek fan has more low points than being a Thistle fan😳
— Craig Bradley (@craigbradley5) November 3, 2016
@Channel4News Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek says a lot of things that get people to point cameras at him. he even believes some of em
— A Cube of Good Cheer (@PrototypeCube) November 3, 2016
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