Marc James Léger
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No strawman for the revolution
in Vanguardia
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The chapter addresses new possibilities for thinking about avant-garde art and vanguard politics by reviewing recent debates between Slavoj Žižek and McKenzie Wark on the Anthropocene, and further, by examining the limits of cultural revolution as we have known it since the late 1960s. The impasse of Occupy Wall Street and similar protest movements has led Žižek to shift from a view of the political party in terms of Jacques Lacan’s psychoanalytic Discourse of the Analyst towards reflections on the Discourse of the Master. The consequent critiques of Žižek that are examined are shown to have evaded his ideas and fail to adequately address his Hegelian-Lacanian approach to dialectical materialism. On the other hand, one finds that Žižek’s renewal of radical politics is challenging others on the progressive left to do the same.

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