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Lars77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-11 10:40 AM
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Slavoj Žižek: Why fear the Arab revolutionary spirit?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/01/egy...

What cannot but strike the eye in the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt is the conspicuous absence of Muslim fundamentalism. In the best secular democratic tradition, people simply revolted against an oppressive regime, its corruption and poverty, and demanded freedom and economic hope. The cynical wisdom of western liberals, according to which, in Arab countries, genuine democratic sense is limited to narrow liberal elites while the vast majority can only be mobilised through religious fundamentalism or nationalism, has been proven wrong. The big question is what will happen next? Who will emerge as the political winner?
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Žižek is a Slovenian leftist philosopher who have rose to prominence in Europe and America after he begun publishing his works in English. The New Republic hates his guts.

Also see this interview with him when you have the time. From 1.50 on its in English.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXnSbmF9rYg

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Karmadillo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-05-11 10:44 AM
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1. Thanks for posting. "The hypocrisy of western liberals is breathtaking..."
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