Zizek on Neoliberalized Academia

“It’s a well-organized (Euro-American) campaign to turn us scientists, human or natural, into experts. The idea is, ‘We have a problem—let’s say oil spill in Louisiana; Oh, we need experts to tell us how to contain it.’ ‘We have public disorder, demonstrations; we need psychologists.’ And so on. This is not thinking. What universities should do is not serve as experts to those in power who define the problems. We should redefine and question the problems themselves: ‘Is this the right perception of the problem? Is this really the problem?’ We should ask much more fundamental questions”

Zizek, Slavoj. 2010. “Far Right and Anti-immigrant Politicians.” Democracy Now! October 18.

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