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By Slavoj Žižek

From the tragedy of September 11 to the farce of the monetary meltdown.

Billions of greenbacks were swiftly poured into the worldwide banking process in a frantic try at monetary stabilization. So why has it no longer been attainable to deliver an identical forces to endure in addressing international poverty and environmental crisis?

In this take-no-prisoners research, Slavoj Zizek frames the ethical mess ups of the fashionable global by way of the epoch-making occasions of the 1st decade of this century. What he reveals is the previous one-two punch of historical past: the jab of tragedy, definitely the right hook of farce. within the assaults of 11th of September and the worldwide credits crunch, liberalism dies two times: as a political doctrine and as an monetary theory.

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is a choice for the Left to reinvent itself within the gentle of our determined old state of affairs. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.

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One possible approach hinges on the separation of the present from the past, and accordingly proposes different reading modalities for the texts of the present and those of the past. Living literature is the object of ongoing interpretation and its signs are read by engaging directly with texts as experienced in the here-and-now (hermeneutic model). Remote literature is the object of a methodical analysis of forms, narrative systems and sign structures (structuralist model). The second approach described by Genette promotes a dialogue between past and present.

The two principal features of language are its dual structure and its creativity. The structure of language is dual because it comprises syntax (the study of sentences as combinations of units of meaning) and phonology (the study of sentences as combinations of units of sound). Creativity refers to a language user's ability to utter and grasp a virtually limitless series of sentences which s/he has not actually heard or read before - and which, indeed, may never have been uttered or written before.

Saussure also stresses that what makes a sign meaningful is not some intrinsic quality. Meaning is the product of a sign's difference from and relation to other signs. Sounds play a crucial part in endowing signs with meanings on the basis of differences. For example, the difference between the initial sound of the word 'dog' and the initial sound of the word 'fog' is what enables us to give each word a different meaning. These basic differences in sound are known as phonemic oppositions (phonemes are basic units of sound).

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