First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Paperback / softback Book

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce Paperback / softback


Billions of dollars were hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilisation.

So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?

In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj Zizek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch-making events of the first decade of this century.

What he finds is the old one-two punch of history: the jab of tragedy, the right hook of farce.

In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism dies twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory.

The election of Donald Trump only confirms the bankruptcy of a liberal order on its last legs.

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is a call for the left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation.

The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Verso Books
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  • Category: Phenomenology & Existentialism
  • ISBN: 9781786635938

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