7th May – Pandemic – Covid-19 Shakes the World

The first book of Slavoj Zizek’s I’ve read and it won’t be the last.

This is a very thought-provoking, funny, and accurate book, recommended for all and don’t be put off by the headline that this man is the most dangerous philosopher in the west.

An example of what Zizek writes:
In the last couple of years, after the SARS and Ebola epidemics, we were told again and again that a new much stronger epidemic was just a matter of time, that the question was not IF but WHEN. Although we were convinced of the truth of these dire predictions we somehow didn’t take them seriously.

When we react in panic, we do not take the threat seriously, we on the contrary trivialise it. Just think how ridiculous is the notion that having enough toilet paper would matter in the midst of an epidemic.

Zizek indicates a new form of communism – the outlines of which can already be seen in the very heartlands of neoliberalism – may be the only way averting a descent into global barbarism.

I wish all philosophy books were written in this manner as although he does refer to Lacan, Hegel, and Marx, Zizek also mentions popular culture in equal measure. He’s a very smart, intelligent writer who has the common touch.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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