Slavoj Zizek is supposedly one of the most influential thinkers of our time. We stumbled upon this piece of blind anti-American rage from 2004. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, it seems, no matter how irrational.

Incoherent philosopher’s raving.

Zizek points out that Rumsfeld’s famous aphorism about known unknowns, and unknown unknowns was incomplete. There also is the large, obscure and very important category of unknown knowns. Each one of us carries with us a large body of information that we are unaware of. Some of this information can be brought to the surface, i.e. made conscious. A vast body of information, much of it affecting our behavior, is inaccessible to our consciousness.

Zizek is aware but chooses to IGNORE these facts in order to descend into a rage about American culture. It seems that philosophers will subject their discipline to the needs of their base political ends. Just as the American government ignored certain facts as it prepared for and executed a war.

These are known knowns.

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