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Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 18:40:09 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [postanarchism] The Agreement of Zizek and Katsiafiacas on Multiculturalism


How one can read Zizek as saying that we need to
coexist with Islamic fundementalism, is somewhat
beyond me.  Frankly, he is critiquing the the use of
I.F. to up hold liberal-democratic capitalism, he is
not arguing for a respect for difference approach at
all.  He is extremely critical of the repsect for
difference position which he connects, rightly in my
view, with post-structuralism and American Cultural
Studies.  And as for Badiou, that position is the main
target of his book!--he basically calls for an
indifference to difference.  None of this argues, as
Katsiafiacas does, for a coexistence, it is pointing
instead for a radical break with liberal capitalism
and showing how an argument of coexistence or repect
for difference is thoroughly part of liberal
capitalist ideology.  Personnaly that is closer to my
position.   But I will post a piece on the Badiou very
soon--out of reading the intro and the first
chapter--and perhaps then my point will be clearer.
   best,
    sasha 

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