We live in a moment when the greatest act of love is to stay distant from the object of your affection. When governments renowned for ruthless cuts in public spending can suddenly conjure up trillions. When toilet paper becomes a commodity as precious as diamonds. And when, according to ÂiÂek, a new form of communism – the outlines of which can already be seen in the very heartlands of neoliberalism – may be the only way of averting a descent into global barbarism.
Written with his customary brio and love of analogies in popular culture (Quentin Tarantino and H. G. Wells sit next to Hegel and Marx), ÂiÂek provides a concise and provocative snapshot of the crisis as it widens, engulfing us all.
Introduction: Noli Me Tangere 1
1. We're All in the Same Boat Now 5
2. Why Are We Tired All the Time? 17
3. Toawrds A Perfect Storm in Europe 29
4. Welcome to the Viral Desert 37
5. The Five Stage of Epidemics 47
6. The Virus of Ideology 53
7. Calm Down and Panic! 61
8. Monitor and Punish? Yes, Please! 71
9. Is Barbarism With a Human Dace Our Fate? 83
10. Communism or Barbarism, as Simple as That! 95
11. The Appointment in Samara: A New Use for Some Ild Jokes 107
Appendix: Two Helpful Letters from Friends 129