You Have to be Stupid to See That

  • Slavoj Žižek University of Ljubljana
Keywords: ideology, violence, drugs, religion, war, revolution


The article presents a philosophical analysis of a current historical situation, in which humanity is facing the urgency of a radical politico­economic change, a need to establish a new mode of relating to our environs, which can be understood as civilizing civilizations, or imposing universal solidarity and cooperation among all human communities. This task is rendered all the more difficult by both the ongoing rise of sectarian fundamentalist violence, and its (apparent) opposite, that is, cynical indifference. Addressing Marx’s well-known characterization of religion as the “opium of the people,” this article shows, using the most real examples of our social and political reality, how ideology functions and how it affects our ideas of equality and freedom.

Author Biography

Slavoj Žižek, University of Ljubljana

Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher, cultural critic, and Marxist intellectual. He is Senior Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, Co-Director of the International Center for Hu- manities, Birkbeck College, University of London; Founder and President of the Society for Theoretical Psychoanalysis, Ljubljana. He is the editor of the book series Shortcuts (with MIT Press), Wo es war (with Verso) and SIC (with Duke University Press). He is the author of many books that have been translated into all the main world languages (Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Russian). The list of books includes: The Sublime Object of Ideology (1989), Tarrying with the Negative (1993), The Plague of Fantasies (1997), The Puppet and the Dwarf (2004), The Parallax View (2006), Less Than Nothing (2012), Absolute Recoil (2014).

How to Cite
ŽižekS. (2018). You Have to be Stupid to See That. Stasis, 6(1). Retrieved from