In Zizek’s article, OWS What’s to Be Done Next, he explains that corruption and greed is not the actual problem, but the problem is our system that persuades society to be corrupt. Zizek even goes on to quote, “The present crisis is not crisis of capitalism but the crisis of morality.” His point definitely holds true. Capitalism is part of the issue, however, not the entire issue. The system of how our capitalist economy works is the real issue at hand. Zizek points out that the major flaw in these occupy movements is the rage powering them. He also suggests that we should attempt to “rebel” in the sense of rejecting cultural goals and institutional means, and instead substitute new goals and standards for our economy. Zizek says, “it is not enough to reject the depoliticized expert rule as the most ruthless form of ideology; one should also begin to think seriously about what to propose instead of the predominant economic organization, to imagine and experiment with alternate forms of organization, to search for the germs of the New.” This piece of Zizek’s writing on OWS closely relates to Merton’s Adaptation to Anomie. Zizek concludes by suggesting that we as a society believe we are free because we are unable to communicate exactly why it is that we feel unfree.
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