Even superficial pop-philosopher Slavoj Zizek can’t quite bring himself to say that if Communism was bad maybe capitalism is good, and the Times gives him space today to mope about how there still ought to be some third way, socialism with a human face.
II. Much as I hate to see abstract metaphysical arguments tarred with the largely-irrelevant politics of their devisers, it’s fun to see the Times also reporting on a new book that reminds everyone that leftist-beloved philosopher Martin Heidegger was a Nazi — and that maybe, just maybe, the sort of individualism-bashing Continental philosophy in which he engaged is not wholly unlike his fascist political views.
Some of his defenders will likely insist that his philosophy is perfectly compatible with socialism, as if that saves him from charges of Naziism, and more honest defenders will point out that most of his philosophy is too vague and near-meaningless to have any terrible political implications, except in the hypnotic, despairing way that all Continental philosophy induces a stupor that makes recruiting for the socialist revolution easier.
III. The most interesting Teutonic-sounding political development in my city in the past seven days, though, is surely the election to the New York City Council of Republican, libertarian, and Thor-admiringly-pagan Dan Halloran, who I notice speaks to one faction of the New York Young Republican Club this Thursday, Nov. 12, sometime between 7:30 and 9:30, at the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Marines’ & Airmen’s Club on Lexington between 36th and 37th. Will we look back upon his election, making him one of only five GOP on the whole fifty-one-seat Council, as the start of our own liberation from socialism? Note this moment in your calendars for later reflection.