Fixing a child’s cleft lip? Slavoj Zizek says: “Pointless.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 21, 2010
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Slavoj Zizek vs. LOHAS + Green + Conscious Consumerism.

Zizek says: Charity? Weak. Kind slave owners? The worst. Fixing a child’s cleft lip? Pointless.

If Capitalism is fundamentally flawed, why offset a bit of the harm instead of getting at the root of the problem? I love when he takes on TOMS…read my loving criticism here or here or here…many others have since criticized…but for most part the video this “renowned philospher/Marxist” is way off base.

Why? The beast can be tamed. An organic apple really is better. There is such a thing as fundamental human goodness—and when engaged through our buying decisions, we really can serve the better interests of society and our planet.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


4 Responses to “Fixing a child’s cleft lip? Slavoj Zizek says: “Pointless.””

  1. KNN says:

    Uh… you do realize his theorizes are primarily descriptive?

  2. BrotherRog says:

    I think he may just need a hug.
    (could be more, but i'd start with the hug and go from there).

  3. KelsiC says:

    I don't mean to be antagonistic here, but I love Zizek and the "First as Tragedy…" speech (and book… which I encourage everyone to read). I totally understand what you guys are saying about the organic v. GMO apples, or TOMS, or the cleft lip surgery… but I think his message underlying those critical examples is too important to push away. We need to be more critical of the cultural capitalist system in the USA (and world wide) and of people or companies or institutions who are, like Zizek (and Wilde) said, repairing with the right hand, what they do with the left hand…

  4. elephantjournal says:

    Yes, we do need to be more critical, amen sister.

    But as you know there is such a thing as conscious capitalism or voting with your dollar…it's very simple, and straightforward, and non-theoretical, and it happens tomorrow morning in Boulder at the Farmers' Market.