24 March 2007

Knight of the Living Dead

Zizek is discussing torture in today's Times.

The lesson to take from our treatment of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed is that we have created a legal grey area in which there are "legal" and "illegal" criminals and in which torture is legitimate for some and not others, and that the ethical consequences of this are vast:

A precious part of our collective identity has been irretrievably lost. We are in the middle of a process of moral corruption: those in power are literally trying to break a part of our ethical backbone, to dampen and undo what is arguably our civilization’s greatest achievement, the growth of our spontaneous moral sensitivity.

And I'll have something to say about this later. I have to eat some pancakes before I face the loss of our civilization's greatest achievement.


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