My latest on Slate is about Slavoj Žižek, who recently gave an interview in which he declares that he doesn’t care if his students commit suicide. As someone who had a student commit suicide–and who thinks about that student, and where she’d be, and how old she’d be now–every day, I could not let that slide. This is not just Oh that Žižek what a charming curmudgeon. This is a human being who should not be allowed around students. It especially depresses me because the students in his classes obviously worship him and have waited years and dreamed about being taught by him, only to be told they are “boring idiots” and he doesn’t want the “shitty papers” they have dreamed about writing for him.
If you needed another reason to be Team Chomsky 4 Lyfe, let this be it, simply by default.