October 20, 2010


The End of History, the End of Ideology? (Jonas Rey, 20 October 2010, ISN Blog)

When Fukuyama declared that history had ended, he meant that ideological history had seized to exist when capitalism won the fight against communism. Since then, no serious ideologies have been able to seriously question or challenge the neoliberal system.

As a result, we have become bad and inept at thinking outside the box. We no longer seriously question the system (that most of us live in), not even after one of its most serious crises. Few people seem interested in seeking out and spreading new form of thinking that promote something better than capitalism. This is a serious deficiency for our increasingly ideology-deficient societies.

We do no longer think about reforming or improving the society, we just think about fixing it. [...]

Slavoj Zizek doesn’t propose a completely a new system, but he challenges the very basis of it. He challenges the tenets and features of the capitalist system that we live in. For example, he challenges the concept of “new cultural capitalism” and the charity system. Charity is something increasingly important, but it doesn’t help the poor to live in a different condition, it just makes them survive longer, says Zizek.

He argues that instead of investing time in charity projects, we should rather start thinking about a system where poverty is no longer possible.

Which is, of course, exactly what the Third Way/Neoconomics does. It's just intolerable to ideologues on the Left, because it depends on free market mechanisms, and the Right, because it requires government mandates.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2010 6:02 AM
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