Cats are Bourgeois Scum, and Other Things I Learned from Zizek’s Live Chat

Today, The Guardian hosted a “live” webchat with Slavoj Zizek, cultural critic extraordinaire.

The Guardian encouraged participants to post their questions the day before, from which Zizek would respond to a handful today.

Whereas my pressing, thoughtful questions (including “boxers or briefs?” and whether or not he was a CIA agent) went woefully ignored, he did respond perfectly to the following question:

zizek on cats I tend to disagree – are cats not like Bartleby the Scrivener, who simply prefers not to? Dogs, if anything, represent the Protestant work ethic – blindly loyal to service and labor.

We also learned that participatory democracy is, for Zizek, a hellish nightmare where he is constantly bothered to do things.

zizek on participatory democracyAnd he offers some depressing thoughts on happiness.

zizek on happinessAlso, some thoughts on Ayn Rand that I strangely agree with.

zizek on ayn randSee the full webchat on The Guardian.