Slavoj Žižek and Srecko Horvat combine their critical clout to emphasize the dangers of ignoring Europe's growing wealth gap and the parallel rise in right-wing nationalism, which is directly tied to the fallout from the ongoing financial crisis and its prescription of imposed austerity. To general observers, the European Union's economic woes appear to be its greatest problem, but the real peril is an ongoing ideological-political crisis that threatens an era of instability and reactionary brutality.
The fall of communism in 1989 seemed to end the leftist program of universal emancipation. However, nearly a quarter of a century later, the European Union has failed to produce any coherent vision that can mobilize people to action. Until recently, the only ideology receptive to European workers has been the nationalist call to "defend" against immigrant integration. Today, Europe is focused on regulating the development of capitalism and promoting a reactionary conception of its cultural heritage. Yet staying these courses, Žižek and Horvat show, only strips Europe of its power and stifles its political ingenuity. The best hope is for Europe to revive and defend its legacy of universal egalitarianism, which benefits all parties by preserving the promise of equal representation.
Reviews and Endorsements:
What Does Europe Want? deals with the crisis in a highly polemical and exciting way. One feels that one is involved in the discussions as they are taking place. This means that the text is highly readable but at the same time provides us with some important political, economic, and psychological background to many of the aspects of the crisis which tend to go unexamined or unreported.
Peter Thompson, Sheffield
An outstanding book--radical in the best sense of the word. What Does Europe Want? gets to the root of the matter and gives political theory material force. Horvat is a rising star in philosophy, while Žižek is a theoretical tsunami. By reading the signs from the future, this book cuts through propaganda and ideological mystification to expose the increasing danger threatening the EU.
Kelsey Wood, author of Žižek: A Reader's Guide
A Slovenian madman and a charismatic Croatian philosopher, joined by Greece's most dangerous politician, offer an analysis of the European deadlock in a way that is bitingly charming and bitterly intelligent. Any real European, faithful to the real idea of Europe, must read this.
Oliver Stone, American film director, screenwriter, producer
The pages of this book resonate with the authors' powerful demolition of the EU's Orwellian propaganda. Readers who care about Europe have a duty to share in Slavoj Žižek and Srecko Horvat's energy, irrespectively of whether they agree with them or not.
Yanis Varoufakis, author of The Global Minotaur: A Theory of the Global Crisis and Game Theory
How can we break, once and for all, the foundation of social apathy on which the construction of Europe since 1989 is built on? The active participation of the masses in politics is the only thing that can truly frighten the ruling elite in Europe and worldwide. And that's exactly why we should make it happen.
Alexis Tsipras, Greek politican, president of SYRIZA
Foreword: The Destruction of Greece as a Model for All of Europe: Is this the Future that Europe Deserves?, by Alexis TsiprasPreface: What does the U.S. Want, or What to Do After Occupy?, by Srecko Horvat1. Breaking Our Eggs without the Omelette, from Cyprus to Greece, by Slavoj Žižek2. Danke Deutschland!, by Srecko Horvat3. When the Blind Are Leading the Blind, Democracy Is the Victim, by Slavoj Žižek4. Why the EU Needs Croatia More than Croatia Needs the EU, by Srecko Horvat5. What Does Europe Want?, by Slavoj Žižek6. Are the Nazis Living on the Moon?, by Srecko Horvat7. The Return of the Christian-conservative Revolution, by Slavoj Žižek8. In the Land of Blood and Money: Angelina Jolie and the Balkans, by Srecko Horvat9. The Turkish March, by Slavoj Žižek10. War and Peace in Europe: 'Bei den Sorglosen', by Srecko Horvat11. Save Us from the Saviours: Europe and the Greeks, by Slavoj Žižek12. 'I'm Not Racist, but . . . the Blacks are Coming!', by Srecko Horvat13. Shoplifters of the World Unite, by Slavoj Žižek14. Do Markets Have Feelings?, by Srecko Horvat15. The Courage to Cancel the Debt, by Slavoj Žižek16. The Easiest Way to the Gulag Is to Joke About the Gulag, by Srecko Horvat17. We Need a Margaret Thatcher of the Left, by Slavoj Žižek18. Europe Will Be Either Democratic and Social or It Will No Longer Exist (interview by Srecko Horvat), by Alexis Tsipras19. The Role of the European Left (debate), by Slavoj Žižek and Alexis TsiprasAfterword: Europe Is Dead, Long Live Europe!, by Srecko HorvatNotes
About the Authors:
Slavoj Žižek is a professor at the Institute for Sociology, University of Ljubljana, and at the European Graduate School. Among his most recent books are Demanding the Impossible, The Year of Dreaming Dangerously, and The Sublime Object of Ideology. He is a coeditor of Hegel and the Infinite: Religion, Politics, and Dialectic and a contributor to Democracy in What State?, What Does a Jew Want? On Binationalism and Other Specters, and Reimagining the Sacred: Debating God with Richard Kearney.
Srecko Horvat is a Croatian philosopher and the author of nine books. He is also a highly respected political theorist and activist, and a columnist for The Guardian. His latest book is After the End of History: From the Arab Spring to the Occupy Movement.