I just reviewed Zizek’s new Absolute Recoil, as promised, in a challenge to his attempted refoundation of dialectical materialism. I am not sure how Zizek can claim he has a new foundation here.
The review is quite harsh, but he is obviously trying to counter the influence of my Last and First Men from last spring, with its challenge to historical materialism, dialectical materialism, and the whole confused use of dialectics.
Many have warned marxists that they need to drop these sideshows and update the theory of communism with new perspectives on economics, on history, on evolution. We can’t derive revolution from dialectics. The issue of dialectic is confusing because it tweaks the frequent sense we have of ‘nonduality’ or something that reconciles contradictions, but that’s not enough to found dialectics.
Last and First Men has a lot of material on this.
Zizek is caught in a mental figment created by the illusions of dialectic. The result has convinced him it can form the basis for a framework of universal knowledge and that isn’t true.