Blog 5: The “real” issues

After reading the Occupy Wall street: what is to be done next?, I wasn’t surprised at what I was reading. Zizek makes very good arguments against the governments across the world. The main concern is the crisis down in Wall street that looks like a never ending battle. I must admit that Zizek states the obvious on some issues in our particular country. Corruption and financial capilatilism are the two main problems people must understand. Zizek states that the “problem is not corruption and greed it is the system that pushes you to be corrupt”. I support this statement 100% because believe it or not the United States along with other countries are Corrupt. Our government is to blame for the issues that led us to be in one of the longest wars we have ever been in. It is the system that is to blame and it needs to change so that main street cannot function without wall street. 

Another point that caught my attention was when Zizek mentions that large economic processes cannot be controlled by democratic mechanisms. As unfortunate as this sounds, it is absolutely true and there is nothing anyone can do about it. The protestors are no match to the power that the politicians and the people on “top” have on this country. Our government has been in a mess since way back to our founding fathers and it is today that people are becoming more and more educated and aware of the “real” issues going on. Our government is being exposed but there is no action being taken because there is no one with real power who can change anything. 

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2 responses to “Blog 5: The “real” issues

  1. Yes, the government is corrupt but capitalism is a system that lends itself to corruption. It is all about making money, saving yourself and your family, and doing what you have to. The government is merely a function of the economic system we employ. If we tried to change capitalism we’d be completely changing our government. Democracy goes hand in hand with capitalism and there would be yet another uproar if our rights were stripped away from us.

  2. Exactly, that’s the money quote – “the problem is not corruption and greed it is the system that pushes you to be corrupt.” That’s where you see the influence of Marx on Zizek’s thinking (broadly speaking he’s a neo-Marxist, more specifically, a Lacanian Marxist). To the degree that Occupy focuses on “corporate greed” or makes everything into a moral issue, it departs from the kind of class struggle Marx had envisioned.

    Your point about how it’s not only “other” countries that have corrupt governments, that the US has its own issues, is well taken. And it gets at the issue of “culturalization.” For a long time, the dominant frameworks in US social science tended to assume that “corruption” and “crony capitalism” only occurred in non-Western countries. Western states, especially the world’s “model democracy,” the US, were assumed to conform to Weber’s rational-legal ideal. Such “orientalist” assumptions were built into the analytic models.

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