Journal Papers

Good Bye Lenin! Of Dreamworlds, Catastrophes and Empires, Now and Then


Abstract: The past–his past, the past of state socialism–usually enters the text of Slavoj Žižek by way of a joke. For example,“take the good old joke about the difference between Soviet-style bureaucratic Socialism and Yugoslav self-management Socialism: in Russia, members of the nomenklatura, the representatives of the ordinary people, drive themselves in expensive limousines, while in Yugoslavia, ordinary people themselves ride in limousines through their representatives”. 1 Why does Žižek tell us this joke? What is its use?

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