Zizek’s pessimism is not surprising, but that pessimism is one reason I wrote Last and First Men: the marxist left needs to rebrand itself as a neo-communism in order to bypass the historical rejection of bolshevism. The pessimism just might be the result of the stale brand.
The situation could be hopeless, at first sight, but it can hardly be more hopeless that that of the early residents of the Roman Empire at its start. The xtians found a way out. The left now has to pull off the same trick, but probably not in religious terms, although I think my idea of a Munzerian communist xtianity is a relevant ‘thought in passing’. Marxists gambled wrong on the basics of a social belief system that could generate a postcapitalist society. The social context has changed now and that mindset won’t work anymore.