Slavoj Zizek, a philosopher known mainly to Americans on the hard left, has endorsed Donald Trump.
Zizek previously hinted that he prefers Trump to Hillary Clinton but did not say he would vote for The Donald. Now, the man fans dub a “rock star philosopher” has stated that he would vote for Trump.
“It will be a kind of big awakening. New political processes will be set in motion.”
Zizek reminded viewers that there are all sorts of “unwritten rules” about how politics takes place. Zizek declared that the success of Trump has disrupted all of that.
Zizek expressed his hope that Trump will continue to disrupt the Washington status quo as president. The usual people will not be emailed for their thoughts on matters, someone might start to ask questions about why documents or media relationships take the form they do, key Wall Street chums might not be invited to certain Skype chats, and things will not continue along their regular channels, Zizek seemed to be saying. There will be room for a massive influx of fresh energy.
Zizek brushed off concerns that Trump will introduce fascism.
“He will not introduce fascism.”
Zizek admits that he is concerned about some splinters of the pro-Trump cohort, like the white supremacist groups who coalesce around Trump.
Businessman Peter Thiel, who co-founded Paypal with Elon Musk, also spoke out about his support for Trump recently.
Thiel gave a stirring speech declaring that Americans are voting for Trump because they understand that the status quo is not working.
“Something about the experience of the baby boomers has led them to invest in bubble after bubble.”
Thiel said that the baby boomer generation, who benefited from a period of post-war growth that is winding down, have left us with a number of legacies that now need to be phased out.
Thiel believes that Trump is the man to do it because he understands the value of hard work, he comes from a business background, and he is an outsider, not a member of the chummy Washington political establishment.
Thiel argues that the baby boomer generation had a tendency to invest in bubbles. Thiel is insightful when he says that “something about the experience of the boomers” is to blame.
The boomers rode the wave of prosperity that naturally arises after a long period of war, and they were never forced to confront certain realities. Perhaps it is time to retire the architects of that post-war order — the Clintons, the Bushes, the Wall Street bankers who drew up all those bad mortgages, the globalists who outsourced American manufacturing jobs and invited waves of immigrants that drove down wages — and reign in some of those excesses.
The dot-com bubble, mortgage bubble, housing bubble, higher education bubble and even cruder-sounding bubbles like the “p***y bubble” (or artificial female SMV inflation) have distorted the economic and social landscape young people are now trying to navigate.
Millennials are struggling to enter the real estate market. Meanwhile, they are pressured by their boomer parents to take on crushing student debts. Too often, those degrees do not lead to the stable employment students were expecting. Everybody is now scrambling to get a degree, encouraged by corporation-like universities that collect fees with aplomb and spend millions on advertising. And with people of both sexes now flooding the labor market, employers can now demand more, offer poorer conditions, and pay less. Sometimes they pay nothing at all — witness the rise of the unpaid intern and the writer/actor/ performer who is asked to work “for the exposure,” as reported by the New York Times.
“In this way, unpaid interns are like illegal immigrants. They create an oversupply of people willing to work for low wages, or in the case of interns, literally nothing.”
The baby boomer generation also gave us the liberal media, most of the waves of feminism, the sexual revolution and, by extension, the hookup culture. The sometimes-reviled group known as men’s rights activists speak of another bubble, a “pu**y bubble,” which is produced when young women are encouraged by a culture of you-go-girl boosterism to overvalue themselves, pursuing alpha males with dark triad traits who “pump and dump” them, and narcissistic supply in the form of humanities degrees and handbags. Meanwhile, the culture of grievance feminism encourages women to scan a man’s remarks for anything faintly upsetting, rather than remembering that compromise is essential in a relationship. A favorite trope of men’s right blogs is that these women all end up alone, drained, unsuccessful and unhappy due to their inability to compromise and make sensible choices. It’s a men’s rights fairytale, but Lori Gottlieb acknowledged it in a third-wave feminist spirit when she wrote her famous piece, “Marry Him,” for the Atlantic.
“Settle! That’s right. Don’t worry about passion or intense connection. Don’t nix a guy based on his annoying habit of yelling ‘Bravo!’ in movie theaters. Overlook his halitosis or abysmal sense of aesthetics.”
Thiel even spoke about a “war bubble.” He said that the same optimism that led the Clinton generation to inflate bubble after bubble has led them to enter war after war.
“How can Hillary Clinton be so wildly optimistic about the realities of war? For a long time our elites have been in the habit of denying realities… the trade bubble says everyone’s a winner, the war bubble says victory is just around the corner.”
Zizek and Thiel both questioned the progressive credentials of Clinton and her elite circle. Zizek accused Hillary of pretending to be socially progressive. The openly-gay Thiel spoke about a liberal media outlet who declared him “not gay” after he expressed an opinion they disagreed with.
Youtuber Aaron Clarey has spoken about the many bubbles that surround us in the contemporary world, gathering a large millennial following. Clarey addresses the education bubble, housing bubble, and the factors that disorient and confuse both sexes as they attempt to navigate the contemporary hookup culture.
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