Privatising Public Space

Great piece from Slavoj Zizek in the New Statesman.

The animality with which we are dealing here – the ruthless egotism of each of the individuals pursuing his or her private interest – is the paradoxical result of the most complex network of social relations (market exchange, social mediation of production). That individuals are blinded to this network points towards its ideal (“spiritual”) character:

in the civil society structured by market,
abstraction rules more than ever.

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