Slavoj Žižek thinks Trump would be ‘less dangerous’ than Clinton
A number of prominent leftists have endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. In a representative screed titled “Vote for the Lying Neoliberal Warmonger: It’s Important,” Professor Adolph Reed laid out the case for why the American Left should cast a tactical vote for the lesser of two evils before going back to the type of class struggle that might actually bring about positive change in America. At the New Statesman, journalist Laurie Penny framed it in terms of choosing your enemies wisely.
Not so with Slovenian psychoanalytic philosopher, cultural critic, and Hegelian Marxist Slavoj Žižek, who, upon being asked by Channel 4 News whom he’d vote for if he was American, answered “Donald Trump.” Why?
He’s horrified by both candidates, of course, but if Trump were elected, the system would break down, both parties would have to re-think themselves, and a bunch of other stuff I’ll let him explain himself. Never mind the fact that the Democratic Party has historically reacted to losses by tacking even further to the right.
Is Žižek right? I don’t think so, but I’m just a dumb blogger with no PhDs, so what do I know? Anyway, enjoy the video. It’s making lots of people angry.
Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek says he would opt for Donald Trump as the apparently less dangerous choice in the US election. pic.twitter.com/3kuC1Ytf2j
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) November 3, 2016