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As we emerge (though perhaps only temporarily) from the pandemic, other crises move center stage: outrageous inequality, climate disaster, desperate refugees, mounting tensions of a new cold war. The abiding motif of our time is relentless chaos.

Acknowledging the possibilities for new beginnings at such moments, Mao Zedong famously proclaimed, "There is great disorder under heaven; the situation is excellent." The contemporary relevance of Mao's observation depends on whether today's catastrophes can be a catalyst for progress or have passed over into something terrible and irretrievable. Perhaps the disorder is no longer under, but in heaven itself. Characteristically rich in paradoxes and reversals that entertain as well as illuminate, Slavoj Žižek's new book treats with equal analytical depth the lessons of Rammstein and Corbyn, Morales and Orwell, Lenin and Christ. It excavates universal truths from local political sites across Palestine and Chile, France and Kurdistan, and beyond.

Heaven in Disorder looks with fervid dispassion at the fracturing of the Left, the empty promises of liberal democracy, and the tepid compromises offered by the powerful. From the ashes of these failures, Žižek asserts the need for international solidarity, economic transformation, and - above all - an urgent, "wartime" communism.

©2021 Slavoj Zizek (P)2022 Tantor

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Great book with very interesting political analysis

There are basically two kinds of zizek books: dense philosophical works and more accessible political works. This book is in the latter category. This book offers a pragmatic leftist analysis of the modern global political situation. If you have never read a book by zizek I would not recommend starting with this book but instead would encourage you to start with the sublime object of ideology which is his best work and more accurately showcases his philosophical genius. If you like zizek, you will love this book.

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Thought provoking

learning things..throughout; mind expanding; outside of many echo chambers. Zizek on Current C19 pandemic; well presented by Zizek.