'Most Dangerous Philosopher in the West' Has Speech Cut Short By Bomb Threat in NYC
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From philosopher and culture critic Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ek's personal site:
Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ek, dubbed the ‘most dangerous philosopher in the west’ by The New Republic, was rudely cut short by a bomb scare as he spoke to an audience of 800 at Cooper Union last night. Expounding on his new book, First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Å½iÅ¾ek was forced by police to round up his talk and exit the Great Hall along with his hundreds of fans.
Amid the kerfuffle outside Cooper Union as police and security guards made efforts to get stragglers out of the building—several refused to be torn away from a bookstall inside selling copies of Å½iÅ¾ek’s numerous books—the renowned Slovenian philosopher continued his talk for a time, signing copies of his newly launched book.
First as Tragedy, Then as Farce is a call for the Left to reinvent itself in the light of our desperate historical situation. And in the aftermath of last night’s bomb threat, one line in particular from the book’s jacket is worth noting: The time for liberal, moralistic blackmail is over.
Unfazed by yesterday’s interruption, Slavoj Å½iÅ¾ek can be heard on today’s Democracy Now, speaking to Amy Goodman.