Living in the End Times (Full Version)

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Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek, aka The Elvis of cultural theory, is given the floor to show of his polemic style and whirlwind-like performance. The Giant of Ljubljana is bombarded with clips of popular media images and quotes by modern-day thinkers revolving around four major issues: the economical crisis, environment, Afghanistan and the end of democracy. Zizek grabs the opportunity to ruthlessly criticize modern capitalism and to give his view on our common future.

We communists are back! is the closing remark of Slavoj Zižeks provocative performance. Our current capitalist system, that everyone believed would be smoothly spread around the globe, is untenable. We find ourselves on the brink of big problems that call for big solutions. Whatever is left of the left, has been hedged in by western liberal democracy and seems to lack the energy to come up with radical solutions. Not Zižek.

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Culture in Decline: Episode #1 – What Democracy? (Full Episode)

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From the creator of the zeitgeist film series, Peter Joseph, comes the worst reality show of all time: the real one. This first episode covers the coming 2012 US Presidential Election and the subject of what we perceive as “Democracy” in the world today.  Do we really have democracy?  Is it the only option to provide for everyone’s well being?

The well known advocate of the scientific thought Carl Sagan once invited the question: If we are visited by a superior species from another part of the galaxy and forced to explain to them our stewardship of our planet, not to mention the state of the human affairs today, would we be proud of what we describe?

How do we frame our explanation that almost half of the world, over 3 billion people, are either barely surviving in abject poverty and sickness, or are simply dying off unnecessarily at a rate of about one person every couple of seconds, all occurring in the wake of an advanced technological realities.

PETER JOSEPH CULTURE IN DECLINE EPISODE 1 WHAT DEMOCRACY

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  • James Arthur

    Is it just me or are there still some people who are able to think outside of the herd? It looks like a stampede may be on the horizon. If more of us could learn how to think again and tune out all of Hollywood’s media programming…check out the book “Wee Blind Mice” – The Things They Didn’t Tell Us In Church, and see how they’ve done the same thing to us with the Catholic/Christian church. (free on Kindle)

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  • Deconstruction and trying to get at the core of the problem leads to the next question what to create? In the context within the deconstruction is the hidden assumptions that would also need to be deconstructed ad infinitum. Instead of deconstruction of modern and traditional values from a postmodern value structure, leaving the battle of these values are better than those, without deconstructing the shadows of its own(postmodern) value structure. Why not try to understand the hierarchies that are natural and pathologies that happen at each stage than call the traditional and modern values pathological in themselves. The zeitgeist proposed solution is a a techno socialistic one. That depends on others to take its values at the expense of others. This form of performative contradiction that is good at deconstruction but a failure at solutions cause it self contradict itself, like : scientific technological based solutions that are unable to make value distinctions cause it reduces the interior aspects to perspective to fitting into an exterior material based solution, and all we need to make this happen is for all of us to value it in herd mentality and at the same time blame our problems on the same herd mentality at level below postmodern. Do you see the performative contradiction. What to see more of the deconstruction of postmodern context? Read “Sex, Ecology and Spirituality” by Ken Wilber. But what about the solution does not depend on others valuing its own level but all value levels? http://integrallife.com/member/brian-oconnell/blog/integral-occupy-continued

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