Slavoj Žižek: The Year of Dreaming Dangerously (2503 words)

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In The Year of Dreaming Dangerously (2012), Slavoj Žižek considers the radical-emancipatory potential of the protests, riots, and irruptions of 2011. Žižek points out that it was a year of dangerous dreams, for the Left and the Right: from the Arab spring and the Occupy Wall Street movement, to Anders Breivik’s murderous rampage in Norway. But where — in all of the dangerous dreams of 2011 — do we find a moment of genuine revolutionary potential? Did any of the upheavals of 2011 pose a serious challenge to global capitalism? Or, on the contrary, did they simply show how far we are from even imagining such a challenge? In his typically counterintuitive way, Žižek argues that the events of 2011 signal the approach of a n…

Wood, Kelsey. "The Year of Dreaming Dangerously". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 May 2014
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