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First as Tragedy, Then as Farce: The Double Death of Neoliberalism and the Idea of Communism

Ralph Miliband Series on The Future of Global Capitalism

25th November 2009

Slavoj Zizek argues that the neoliberalism died twice: first as a political doctrine in the tragedy of the attacks of 9/11; then its farcical collapse as an economic theory when the meltdown at the end of 2008 brought an end to the utopia of global market capitalism. Has this crisis now offered a vital opening for the left to seize the reins of politics and the state?

Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic, is a professor at the European Graduate School, International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London, and a senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana. This lecture launches Mr Zizek's new book First as Tragedy, Then as Farce |

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.

This event is supported by the LSE Annual Fund.

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