Slavoj Žižek: What Julian Assange has Started is the Greatest Challenge to Everything that is False with Western Notions of Freedom

Video of an interview with Slavoj Žižek on Russia Today (RT) conducted on 5th July 2021. That day the cities of New York and London have seen hundreds gathered to celebrate Julian Assange’s 50th birthday as the WikiLeaks founder has spent the last three years in Belmarsh, a British maximum-security prison comparable to the horrors of United States’s Guantanamo Bay. Žižek concludes the interview by saying “What Assange started is the greatest challenge to everything that is false with Western notions of freedom”.

Slavoj Žižek is a Philosopher and psychoanalytic social theorist. He is Senior Researcher at the Department of Philosophy, University of Ljubljana; Professor at the School of Law and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at Birkbeck, University of London; Distinguished Scholar at the Kyung Hee University, Seoul; and Visiting Professor at the German Department, New York University. His field of work comprises Lacanian psychoanalytic theory, dialectical-materialist metaphysical interpretations of German Idealism and Marxian critique of ideology. His more than sixty books in English have been widely translated. His latest publications include Pandemic! & Pandemic! 2, Hegel in a Wired Brain, Sex and the Failed Absolute, Like A Thief In Broad DaylightReading MarxIncontinence of the Void, and The Day After the Revolution.

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