Postmodern Marxism Today: Jameson, Žižek, and the Demise of Symbolic Efficiency

International Journal of Žižek Studies 13 (1) (2019)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Communism as our new common sense master code arises in Jameson and Žižek’s recent projects, from Žižek’s volumes on The Idea of Communism, to Jameson’s essay “An American Utopia”. What they both continue to demonstrate is that in the face of the absolute foreclosure of the signifier, the deadlocks of capitalist exploitation, as well as its own inherent internal contradictions, can only go on and transform into absolute excess. As Žižek has put it, “when people tell me that nothing can be changed [my response is] – no it can, because things are already changing like crazy. And what we should say is just this: if we let things change the way they are changing automatically we are approaching a kind of new perverse, permissively authoritarian society, which will be authoritarian but in a new way”.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,202

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

The Four Fundamental Concepts of Slavoj Žižek’s Psychoanalytic Marxism.Kirk Boyle - 2008 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 2 (1).
Žižek's Communism; Žižekian Utopia or Utopian Fantasy?Chris Mcmillan - 2011 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 5 (2).
Act or Revolution? Yes, Please!Santiago M. Roggerone - 2013 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 7 (3).
Slavoj Žižek in Post-Marxism.Zhenjiang Han - 2009 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 3 (1).
Hegel with Beckett: The Persistence of Abstraction.Slavoj Žižek - 2019 - International Journal of Žižek Studies 13 (1).
Žižek, Slavoj.Matthew Sharpe & Australia - 2016 - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
It's Dialectical! [REVIEW]Nicholas Brown - 2009 - Mediations 24 (2).


Added to PP

13 (#973,701)

6 months
2 (#1,136,865)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Matthew Flisfeder
The University of Winnipeg

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references