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September 23, 2012

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Alain

This is a really interesting exchange. I find it amazing that Zizek makes a positive reference to the French term for the future, avenir, which Derrida made a great deal out of in his later writing. I assume Zizek is aware of the reference - but perhaps I misunderstand his appropriation. Derrida also thought of it as representing a break in the present moment - in the sense of the future breaking up the current coordinates and opening up the present to something new. I think this is similar to Zizek's description of current uprisings as "signs from the future." These Communist signs from the future can "become actual only if we follow these signs – in other words, they are signs which paradoxically precede that of which they are signs." I think this absolutely correct. The question is how and in which way to follow the signs?

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