“Then, too, on the telephone the other is always in a situation of departure; the other departs twice over, by voice and by silence: whose turn is it to speak? We fall silent in unison: the crowding of two voids. “I’m going to leave you”, the voice on the telephone says each second.”—Roland Barthes, A Lover’s Discourse (via hegemon)
“The New Racism demands that accusers be empathic and telepathic. Accusers are expected to believe ANY action that can be explained by something other than racism should not be considered racism unless the accuser can PROVE racism by making plain the contents of the racist’s heart and mind. The New Racism wants the accused to not only forget history, disregard experience, discount psychology, and ignore custom, but to interpret racism as ONLY conscious, exceptional, individual, intentional, and overt.”—Son of Baldwin (via sonofbaldwin)
“Capitalist ideology in general, Zizek maintains, consists precisely in the overvaluing of belief—in the sense of inner subjective attitude [read: private opinion]—at the expense of the beliefs we exhibit and externalize in our behavior. So long as we believe (in our hearts) that capitalism is bad, we are free to continue to participate in capitalist exchange” (13).”—
Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism: Is There an Alternative?, Zero Books, p. 13
This is why I never let my students discuss their privatized ‘opinions’.