Pandemic 2

On the show this week, in the second part of a two-part interview, Chris Hedges continues his discussion with philosopher Slavoj Zizek about the social, political and psychological consequences of the prolonged lockdown, social distancing and mass illness and death caused by the pandemic.

In his new book Pandemic 2: Chronicles of a Time Lost, Zizek argues the failure of global capitalism to cope with the pandemic presages, he fears, systems collapse, a dress rehearsal for a frightening form of authoritarianism where the world is starkly divided between the elites and the rest of us. “”…[T]he return to normality thus becomes the supreme psychotic gesture, the sign of collective madness,”” Zizek writes.

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