"I want the Left to offer an actual alternative for daily life when the enthusiasm is over. I want the Left to be able to change things at the most everyday, common-life level. You cannot have all the time this enthusiastic, participatory-democracy mobilization. Let’s be frank: I don’t want to be mobilized politically all the time. I want an anonymous power which, in a relatively-efficient, non-corrupted way, does its job so that I can do my crazy philosophy… Don’t fall in love with this enthusiastic moment of “oh, it’s immediate democracy.” Yes, it is: for two months."
— Slavoj Žižek
"In the very consumerist act [of cultural capitalism], you buy your redemption from being only a consumerist."
"Remember, the problem is not corruption or greed, the problem is the system. Beware not only of the enemies, but also of false friends who are already working to dilute this process in the same way that we get coffee without caffeine, beer without alcohol, [or] ice cream without fat. They will try to make this into a harmless moral protest."
"The Cultural Revolution was described by Mao as the final realization of the principles of the Paris Commune. What does that mean? For Mao, it meant that, even though the official position of the Chinese communists, who opposed Khrushchev and his successors, seemed to be saying the opposite, we have to conclude that, on the whole, the balance sheet of Stalin was negative. Why? Because, Mao Tells us, Stalin was interested in the cadres and never the masses."
-Alain Badiou, Letter from Alain Badiou to Slavoj Zizek: On the Work of Mao Zedong
"Our blindness to the results of systemic violence is perhaps most clearly perceptible in debates about communist crimes. Responsibility for communist crimes is easy to allocate: we are dealing with subjective evil, with agents who did wrong. We can even identify the ideological sources of the crimes-totalitarian ideology, The Communist Manifesto, Rousseau, even Plato. But when one draws attention to the millions who died as a the result of capitalist globalization, from the tragedy of Mexico in the 16th century through to the Belgian Congo holocaust a century ago, responsibility is largely denied. All this seems just to have happened as the result of an ‘objective’ process, which nobody planned and executed and for which there was not ‘Capitalist Manifesto.’ (The one who came closest to writing one is Ayn Rand.)"