“The Real Of Our Lives”

What crisis unites the leaders of the world?

“All one has to do here is to compare the reaction to the financial meltdown of September 2008 with the Copenhagen [global warming] conference of 2009: save the planet from global warming (alternatively: save the AIDS patients, save those dying for lack of funds for expensive treatments and operations, save the starving children, and so on) – all this can wait a little bit, but the call “Save the banks!” is an unconditional imperative which demands and receives immediate action. The panic here was absolute, a trans-national, non-partisan unity was immediately established, all grudges between world leaders momentarily forgotten in order to avert the catastrophe. We may worry as much as we want about global realities, but it is Capital which is the Real of our lives.”

Slavoj Žižek Living In The End Times