First As Tragedy, Then As Farce
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158 pages / October 2009 / 9781844674282
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From the tragedy of 9/11 to the farce of the financial meltdown.

Billions of dollars have been hastily poured into the global banking system in a frantic attempt at financial stabilization. So why has it not been possible to bring the same forces to bear in addressing world poverty and environmental crisis?

In this take-no-prisoners analysis, Slavoj Zizek frames the moral failures of the modern world in terms of the epoch-making events of the first decade of this century. What he finds is the old one-two punch of history: the jab of tragedy, the right hook of farce. In the attacks of 9/11 and the global credit crunch, liberalism dies twice: as a political doctrine and as an economic theory.

First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is a call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation. The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.


“Zizek leaves no social or cultural phenomenon untheorized, and is master of the counterintuitive observation.”

“The Elvis of cultural theory.”

“One of the most innovative and exciting contemporary thinkers of the left.”

“Zizek is an influential thinker, and this short book offers an excellent entry into his thought.”

“[A] great provocateur and an immensely suggestive and even dashing writer... Zizek writes with passion and an aphoristic energy that is spellbinding.”

“The most dangerous philosopher in the West.”

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