Revolution #260, February 19, 2012

A Challenge from Raymond Lotta to Slavoj Žižek: Let’s Debate the Nature of Imperialism, Prospects for Revolution, and the Meaning of the Communist Project

The uprising in Egypt and the Occupy movements have ushered in a new wave of protest and resistance; they have also opened a vital conversation and debate about the way the world is, and the way it might be different.

In these times, you have put yourself forward as a voice of and force for radical thinking: writing on the summer rebellions in England, speaking to protesters at Zuccotti Park, appearing on the Charlie Rose show. At this very juncture of upsurge and questioning, you have also launched an irresponsible and unprincipled attack (online at on Bob Avakian’s new synthesis of communism and on the Revolutionary Communist Party, USA.

I have written a reply ("Vilifying Communism and Accommodating Imperialism: The Sham and Shame of Slavoj Žižek's 'Honest Pessimism'"). I am now challenging you to a public debate:

Professor Žižek, let us argue these points in the public square. I will be happy to hold this debate in New York or in London.

This debate speaks to big questions on people’s minds. It is about intellectual responsibility…human possibility…and the challenges and pathways of creating a world in which human beings can truly flourish.

I urge progressive scholars and professors, students and activists, and all who recognize the importance of these issues: spread this call and let Slavoj Žižek know that this debate needs to happen.

Raymond Lotta

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