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Did the Marxist Philosopher Slavoj Zizek Plagiarize a White Nationalist Magazine?

By on 7.11.14 | 4:24PM

It certainly looks that way. The other night I was reading my galley copy of Adam Kirsch's forthcoming essay collection, Rocket and Lightship. It's full of good stuff, but the best piece in it is about the Slovenian Marxist gadfly Slavoj Zizek. Zizek is a strange character: a social democratic dissident turned unapolegtic Leninist; a pop-culture loving obscurantist; a millionaire philosopher. He is also, Kirsch intimates, without quite saying as much, an anti-Semite.

Now I read at Ron Unz's new website that Zizek appears to have plagiarized a book review that appeared nearly two decades ago in Jared Taylor's soi-dissant "white nationalist" (a stupid, meaningless phrase: there is no such country as "white") magazine, American Renaissance. Here, courtesy of Steve Sailer at Unz.org, are two passages, both from discussions of the same book by Kevin MacDonald (emphasis mine in both quotations):

Compare Zizek:

One of the most consistent ways in which Jews have advanced their interests has been to promote pluralism and diversity—but only for others. Ever since the nineteenth century, they have led movements that tried to discredit the traditional foundations of gentile society: patriotism, racial loyalty, the Christian basis for morality, social homogeneity, and sexual restraint.

and the writer in American Renaissance:

Prof. MacDonald claims that one of the most consistent ways in which Jews have advanced their interests has been to promote pluralism and diversity – but only for others. Ever since the 19th century, they have led movements that tried to discredit the traditional foundations of gentile society: patriotism, racial loyalty, the Christian basis for morality, social homogeneity, and sexual restraint.

Zizek's paragraph appeared in Critical Inquiry, the venerable academic journal founded by Wayne Booth (of The Company We Keep fame) among others.

Anyway, what do you think? A bit too close to be coincidental, I'd say.

 

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