Another World is Possible
The introductory Q&A on Alain Badiou by Samuel Grove interviewing Colin Wright is fascinating. Badiou is a new philosopher to me and he sounds very interesting!
Quotes are Wright’s talking about and around the subject of Badiou.
Zizek’s reading of the epidemic of apocalyptic Hollywood disaster movies is relevant here. He suggests that capitalism’s hold on the collective imaginary is such that it is now far easier, particularly in the face of mounting evidence of environmental catastrophe, to picture the whole planet going up in flames, than it is to conceive of the end of capitalism. So it’s a serious problem.
I found one key area in Badiou’s work where this link is acknowledged. Of all places, it’s in his idiosyncratic reading of Samuel Beckett. Beckett’s great at zooming in on a stubborn will to keep going even in the absolute absence of any evidence for rational optimism. In these difficult times, this idea of a kind of dogged, excessive hope strikes me as important. But the practical point, even in Beckett, is that this attitude opens one up to being ready to realise change when its possibility actually comes along.
Getting involved in politics:
The truth to which a subject has to be faithful, in order no longer to be only an individual, must be universal and open to all. This means there are no prior qualifications that would exclude people from getting involved in politics, such as age or levels of property ownership or citizenship.
And there’s a lot more there that I could quote out of context but I’d recommend going back and reading the whole thing… I’m going to.