We live in a dangerous world where killing and torture exist and where the persecution of the weak by the powerful is closer to the norm than the civil society where we get our Starbucks.
–Timothy Kudo, a Marine captain and graduate student at New York University who was deployed to Iraq in 2009 and to Afghanistan from 2010 to 2011.
There is a multitude of forms of this un-freedom appearing in the guise of its opposite: when we are deprived of universal healthcare, we are told that we are given a new freedom of choice (to choose our healthcare provider); when we no longer can rely on a long-term employment and are compelled to search for a new precarious work every couple of years, we are told that we are given the opportunity to reinvent ourselves and discover new unexpected creative potential that lurked in our personality; when we have to pay for the education of our children, we are told that we become “entrepreneurs of the self,” acting like a capitalist who has to choose freely how he will invest the resourc1es he possesses (or borrows). Constantly bombarded by imposed “free choices,” forced to make decisions for which we are not properly qualified (or don’t possess enough information about), we more and more experience our freedom as what it effectively is: a burden that deprives us of true choice.
–Slavoj Žižek, Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic.
Kudo, Timothy. “How We Learned to Kill.” The New York Times 27 Feb. 2015. Web. 1 Mar. 2015.
Sierakowski, Slawmir and Slavoj Žižek.”Utopia and Its Discontents: Slawomir Sierakowski interviews Slavoj Žižek.” Los Angeles Review of Books. 23 Feb. 2015. Web. 1 Mar. 2015