Zizek bestrijdt de zelfgenoegzame liberaal-democratische consensus aangaande het begrip totalitarisme. Het concept verhindert ons de historische werkelijkheid te zien zoals ze is.
Totalitarianism as an ideological notion has a precise strategic function in liberal democracy, Zizek says: to maintain liberal- democratic rule by dismissing leftist critique of the system as the obverse, or twin, of rightist fascist dictatorships. Enlarging five common definitions of totalitarianism through a lens of Marxist criticism, Zizek (Institute for Social Studies, Ljubljana) concludes that the devil is not in the details of what constitutes totalitarianism, but in liberal-democratic consensus itself. The very notion of totalitarianism, he writes, rather than being an effective theoretical concept, is a mental barrier that prevents us from acquiring insight into the historical reality it describes.
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