Friday, October 4, 2019

Tyler Cowen to Debate Communist Slavoj Žižek

A Beltarian vs. a Marxist. Tyler Cowen will debate  Slavoj Žižek.

This should be fun.

The debate will take place on December 7 in Bergen, Norway at 3 PM – 5:15 PM UTC+01.

It will be live-streamed.

The blurb for the even sayst:
Slavoj Žižek has been called the «the most dangerous philosopher in the West» and a cultural theorist superstar, as he mixes Marxism with pop culture and psychoanalysis. At the 2019 Holberg Debate, Žižek will hold the talk "Why I Am Still A Communist" and be interviewed by Tyler Cowen. 
tweet questions for Žižek as text or video with hashtag #qholberg at any time before or during the event. Watch the livestream here:
The event is organised by the Holberg Prize. Free admission. More information here:
Note: At different points, the event seems to be called a debate and at other points an interview by Tyler.

Tyler is calling it a debate.

You will be able to watch the livestream here:

Slavoj Žižek

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Slavoj Žižek is a Slovenian philosopher and cultural critic. He is Senior Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana, and International Director of the Birckbeck Institute for the Humanities, University of London. Žižek has published more than 50 books on topics ranging from political theory, cultural studies, Lacanian psychoanalysis, film criticism, Marxism, Hegelianism and theology. He has also participated in various film projects, including two documentary collaborations with director Sophie Fiennes: The Pervert's Guide to Cinema (2006) and The Pervert's Guide to Ideology (2012). Believing that "Political issues are too serious to be left only to politicians", Žižek aims to promote the role of the public intellectual, and share his critical gaze with the larger public.

Tyler Cowen
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Tyler Cowen is Holbert L. Harris Professor of Economics at George Mason University and Director of the Mercatus Center. He is co-author of the blog and host of the podcast series Conversations with Tyler.



  1. "Why am I still a Communist"... because you're retarded, comrade Žižek.

    Because only a retard would still think communism is a good idea after various communist regimes murdered over 200 million people not so long ago.

  2. I listened to some of the conversation Žižek had with Peterson. In the part that I heard they seemed to agree more than disagree.

    Žižek is a unique and deep thinker that has a tendency to take the conversation in unexpected directions that are interesting. This must make it difficult to bring it back to the basics rather than explore possibilities. I would like to see Cowen make him be more direct and justify the tyranny that communism and all government requires.