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Posted on Oct 9, 2011

Slovenian madman and intellectual hero Slavoj Zizek treated protesters encamped at New York City’s Liberty Plaza to a rousing pep talk Sunday in which he confessed his fear that the Occupy Wall Street movement could devolve into a mere opportunity for youthful memory-making.

“The only thing I’m afraid of is that we will someday just go home and then we will meet once a year drinking beer and nostalgically remembering what a nice time we had here,” he told a crowd of hundreds. “Promise ourselves that this will not be the case.”

The clips below show only part of the talk. See the size of the crowd gathered around Zizek (in red) in the photo below. —ARK


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By gerard, October 12, 2011 at 10:08 am Link to this comment

Robespsierre:  You are right as far as this statement goes:  ” The bankers and oligarchs aren’t going to feel bad and behave just because we’re asking them to.”  The bankers and oligarchs are going to recognize more elearly that the system of “casino capitalism” is not going to endure, due to the fact that 98% of the country’s people are not included fairly, and cannot survive without change.
  Any fears they have are due to the fact that they themselves do not know what to do or how to do it. In that sense they are just a different kind of victim—less creative, older, more out-dated and dysfunctional than the 98% working together for some more democratic answers, democratically arrived at.
  If they are a bit scared, that’s okay. But if they are very scared and can’t come up with anything except repression as their answer, that’s not okay.
They are between a rock and a hard place, inwardly feeling cornered, outwardly showing bravado (the cocktails on the balcony). They surely need some Paul Krugman types circulating among them—knowledgeable and non-threatening. Paul Krugman & Co., where are you. Everybody needs your constant and detailed input for better mutual understanding.

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By Leefeller, October 11, 2011 at 5:59 am Link to this comment

Fear is a motivator, used by religion, the conservatives and fear mongers. 

All causes end one way or the other, lets hope this one ends as the other. 

Lets face it, the oligarchs have the slime and money to chip away while real people need to feed themselves.

Be aware, do not fear, question them, call them out show them for what they are, they should be the ones heaped with shame and fear.

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By Gloria Picchetti, October 11, 2011 at 4:49 am Link to this comment

The bankers at the Hyatt House in Chicago didn’t look enchanted when we showed up yesterday. They were very frustrated, confused, & frightened as they should be.

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By Robespierre115, October 11, 2011 at 2:14 am Link to this comment

@miroslav, in a sense you’re absolutely right. The bankers and oligarchs aren’t going to feel bad and behave just because we’re asking them to. When Kanye West visits your protest, then you’re obviously not at the radical stage where the money barons are shaking…yet.

When it starts looking like this, then expect many of the current celebrities and “liberals” cheering the movement on to run and hide:

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By miroslav, October 10, 2011 at 7:53 pm Link to this comment

however, a real revolution will not occur
without a lot of heads being chopped off!

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By rumblingspire, October 10, 2011 at 6:30 pm Link to this comment
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I have had similar fears as Zizek.  That the personalities of the Occupancy will in a year be seen on Oprah making money from the appearance.  That Hollywood will shortly create a Revolution Reality show.  That TV will have Bloopers from the Revolution.
I lived and dreamed through the 60s waiting for the call to arms that never came.  Like Zizek said social changes were allowed but nothing changed regarding the more important battle of economic justice and end to warfare.

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By Morri Creech, October 10, 2011 at 11:29 am Link to this comment
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“Man, like the gen’rous vine, supported lives;
The strength he gains is from th’support he gives.”
                    —Alexander Pope

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By doublestandards/glasshouses, October 10, 2011 at 10:14 am Link to this comment
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When is Arundati Roy on?

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By Anita Duvall, October 10, 2011 at 5:03 am Link to this comment
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Yes, yes, yes - keep it going, bring it into the rest of the world, make the whole 99% see what you’ve been creating in NYC…  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!

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By Robespierre115, October 10, 2011 at 2:45 am Link to this comment

Wise words from Zizek. He’s one of the few thinkers commenting on this movement demanding nothing less than a truly radical, REVOLUTIONARY vision for marching into the future.

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