I like Obama, I think the man would do a fine job as president, but David Fitch worries what happens when we buy into Obamarama:
“Senator Obama is putting out a pleasing message of “Change.” “I’m asking you to believe in Change,” “the Audacity of Hope,” and “A Unified America.” Yet Zizek would call these ideas “signifiers without the signified.” Words that in the end no one knows what they mean or refer to. Zizek would say it is these “words” which allow us to consent to what we know is a lie so that we can avoid the Real: that true justice of God demands fundamentally the way we live in relation to each other and the world. I fear these “words” take the place of pres. Bush’s words “Freedom” and “No child left behind,” words that few knew what they actually meant but morphed into a politics of multinational corporate politics the horror of which is hard to believe 8 years later.”
Politics is a way to delegate to someone else our duties to each other. In the same vein, Pete Rollins goes further and points out that even church can operate in this fashion:
“Such acts (like a prayer meeting, worship service or bible study) can recharge the batteries and make us feel like our true identity is pure and good when in reality it simply takes away the guilt that would otherwise make it difficult for us to embrace our true (social) self who is expressed in the activities we engage in for the rest of the week. The philosophy here is exposed as ‘do something so that nothing really changes.'”
I would like to believe that, at their best, both religious practice and political involvement are ways for us to actually serve. But how often are they just feel-good experiences? You go to the rally or the church service and get a nice warm glow, then you’re on your way. Yes, I know that’s not how it’s supposed to work, but it seems that’s how it often does work.