Gibson's recent outburst on FOX 'hole has inflamed and unsettled me like nothing has for some time.
Listen to it here
Watch a reaction here
In case anyone was not paying attention, Gibson's tone and his extraordinary lack of compassion is precisely how the 'compassionate conservatives' go about their business. Its strikes me as yet another clear demonstration of the false paradox of US conservatism: there is no room, structurally, for any compassion in a conservative outlook, unless it is clearly and brutally demarcated to embrace only those who live according to a highly restricted and romanticized male-centered heterosexual idyll in which gingham and apple pie swirl around a turgid miserable shit-sucking kernel that is utterly, utterly dark, intellectually bankrupt, and without humanity.
I didn't need any proof of the above but, every so often, public discourse delivers something so pure, so clear, so devastatingly ontologically dark, as to bring us back into a relation with the passion of politics and what that passion is all about: my enemies really are my enemies, really, without question.
If ever there were a demonstration of the poverty of liberalism it is in this kind of confrontation where bland recourse to' inclusivity' in the face of hate-based politics is utterly impotent.
In this context, I find Jodi's analysis (over at I CITE) of a recent Zizek piece quite fascinating and apposite. She is absolutely right to admonish Zizek for his banal mode of analysis and his falling into the liberal trap of thinking plurality, inclusivity as some kind of democratic guarantee: where is the agon in all that?