he [Žižek] says he is so anti-capitalist but for some reason he doesn't place his new book online where everybody could have free access to his ideas. No, he prefers to sell it for a pretty steep price (I for one can't afford it) and make a profit. Seems like he only want those rich individuals who can fork out 30 bucks for a hardcover to be reached by his ideas.I keep thinking about these observations while reading Badiou's The Communist Hypothesis. Badiou and Žižek are close friends and passionate Marxists. They also participate very successfully in the capitalist "profit-is-king" economy. While bemoaning the ills of capitalism and defending communism, both philosophers don't make their ideas accessible for free on-line. Neither do they publish with more modest publishing houses that would put out a cheaper version of a book. Both Living in the End Times and The Communist Hypothesis are edited beautifully, on high quality white paper, in hardcover. Neither philosopher made efforts to have the publishing house put out a digital version of the book, which would make it at least somewhat less expensive and help people save on shipment costs.
As a result, the intended audience of these books is reduced to those who have some pretty ample means at their disposal and can spend that money freely on pricey books. With the economic crisis we are going through, Žižek and Badiou consciously limit their audience to the kind of individuals who are not extremely likely to engage in a revolution.
I'm trying to give The Communist Hypothesis my undivided attention (a review is forthcoming as soon as I finish reading the book) without being distracted by the thoughts of how profitable it has become to be a communist. With all its demonstrable faults, capitalism not only allows vocal communists to make huge profits, it even succeeds in making those very communists care about profits a lot more than they do about the revolution.