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

Professor, Senior Researcher
University of Ljubljana, Department of Philosophy
Kongresni trg 12,  Ljubljana, Slovenia 1000


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