Thinking a lot about how Dobson,one of the architects of the current American fundamentalism, writes self-help books--his brand of fundamentalism has a lot in common with the worst New Ageisms, the primacy of individual entitlement cloaked in righteousness. The thunderous apathy of American society in many quarters has as much to do with Madonna's kaballah water as the Left Behind series.
Zizek has his moments of "fuzzy math," so to speak, but this quote (written before the election results came in) was compelling:
We should therefore refuse not only easly liberal contempt for populist fundamentalists (and, even worse, patronising regret at their supposed manipulation), but also the very terms of the culture war. Although radical leftists will, of course, support the liberal position on such issues as abortion, racism and homophobia, they should never forget that it is the populist fundamentalist, not the liberal, who is, in the long term, their ally. For all their anger, the populists are not angry enough -- not radical enough to perceive the link between capitalism and the moral decay they deplore.
Okay, I'm going to get to some NBA talk sometime soon, I swear!