He brings the debate over nationalism into the sphere of contemporary cultural politics, breaking the impasse centered on nationalisms simultaneously fascistic and anticolonial aspirations.
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Using examples from popular culture and high theory to illuminate each other—opera, film noir, capitalist universalism, religious and ethnic fundamentalism—this work testifies to the fact that, far more radically than the postmodern sophists, Kant and Hegel are our contemporaries. Not only to Kant and Hegel illuminate Lacan and vice versa , mass culture and politics illuminate all of them, along with a bonus in an astonishing excursus on opera.
Fantasy patches up the inconsistency of the intersubjective, symbolic network, the big Other. However, the master signifier around which any ideology revolves cannot provide true unity, because it is a word with no definition—a name for nothing—that is positivized through the unreflective actions of believers so as to keep repressed any awareness of class antagonism within the regime. He reveals the vacuity of the liberal-democratic notion of the universal as a neutral medium for the expression of self-interest or group identity.
He argues that this sterile notion of universality serves the interests of multinational, corporate capitalism. But how can leftists oppose nationalism without sliding into the vacuous, liberal-democratic notion of universality as a neutral framework for compromise? By means of a politics of identification with the abject other, we open up the possibility for the ethical-political act as symbolic suicide. In this way, a revolutionary collective may change the entire coordinates of a situation and reactualize emancipatory possibilities that had been repressed by the hegemonic ideology.
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