we can see that for a long time, we allowed our political engagement also to be outsourced. we want it back. the marriage between democracy and capitalism is over.


We all know the classic scenes from cartoons: the cat reaches a precipice but it goes on walking, ignoring the fact that there is nothing beneath its ground. Only when it looks down and notices it, it falls down. This is what we are doing here. We are telling the guys there on Wall Street ” – Hey, look down.” 

Slavoj Zizek

A guy was sent from East Germany to work in Siberia. He knew his mail would be read by censors. So he told his friends: “Let’s establish a code. If the letter you get from me is written in blue ink ,it is true what I said. If it is written in red ink, it is false”. After a month his friends get a first letter. Everything is in blue. It says, this letter: “Everything is wonderful here. Stores are full of good food. Movie theaters show good films from the West. Apartments are large and luxurious. The only thing you cannot buy is red ink.”

This is how we live. We have all the freedoms we want. But what we are missing is red ink. The language to articulate our non-freedom. The way we are taught to speak about freedom, war and terrorism and so on falsifies freedom. And this is what you are doing here: You are giving all of us red ink.

PS: encontrei a transcrição integral da intervenção aqui. ou, traduzida, aqui.

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