July 17, 2014

THE LEFT IS THE RIGHT:

Why Did This Marxist Philosopher Plagiarize a White Supremacist Magazine? (Rebecca Schuman, 7/16/14, Slate)

2014 has not been a banner year for superstar Marxist philosopher Slavoj Žižek. First, there was a viral video of him appearing to sneer with disdain at the very students whose rapt sycophantism makes his career possible. And now, he's been accused of the worst professorial misdeed of them all: plagiarism. And not just any plagiarism--plagiarism of a 1999 article in American Renaissance, a white supremacist magazine published by an organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center has designated a "hate group."

It all started when the conservative writer Steve Sailer and the mystery-shrouded blogger "Deogolwulf" both noticed something very odd about a few passages in a 2006 Žižek article in the prestigious academic journal Critical Inquiry. The prose in these passages, they realized, was far too lucid. "The reason for the cat's barking, the dog's meowing, or rather, this obscurant's lucidity, is simple," Deogolwulf explains. "It is someone else's summary."

Žižek typically writes in the tradition of Derrida, Foucault, and other icons of Critical Theory, who object to clear, identifiable theses on philosophical grounds (long story). 
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