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By Slavoj Žižek

Name it the 12 months of dreaming dangerously: 2011 stuck the area off shield with a sequence of shattering occasions. whereas protesters in big apple, Cairo, London, and Athens took to the streets in pursuit of emancipation, imprecise harmful fantasies encouraged the world’s racist populists in locations as some distance aside as Hungary and Arizona, reaching a awful consummation within the activities of mass assassin Anders Breivik.

The subterranean paintings of dissatisfaction keeps. Rage is development, and a brand new wave of revolts and disturbances will stick with. Why? as the occasions of 2011 augur a brand new political fact. those are restricted, distorted—sometimes even perverted—fragments of a utopian destiny mendacity dormant within the current.

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Still, it could be argued that even for the poor and downtrodden the fear of punishment is not an effective deterrent. T h e fact that each year approximately 30 percent of all young black m e n have a serious encounter w i t h the c r i m i n a l justice system could be interpreted as indicating an utter failure of the prison and other forms of punishment as c r i m e deterrents. This, however, assumes that the only issue involved in deterrence is simply whether or not to commit a crime. Of even greater significance is the question of w h i c h c r i m e s a n i n d i v i d u a l c o m m i t s .

T h e fact remains that in retail establishments internal theft averages out to an unevenly distributed five to eight per cent of the typical employee's s a l a r y . " S i m i larly, in the case of tax evasion, the threat of punishment obviously does not deter many people from cheating on their i n come tax; but it does keep the level of cheating w i t h i n tolerable limits. W h i l e people w i l l illegally exaggerate their tax deductions, they rarely exaggerate t h e m to the point where they pay no tax at all.

A prisoner w i t h an indeterminate sentence is ostensibly released w h e n he is " r e h a b i l i t a t e d " rather than w h e n 2 2. F o r an excellent discussion of the history of the i n d e t e r m i n a t e sentence in C a l i f o r n i a , see S h e l d o n M e s s i n g e r , "Strategies o f C o n t r o l " ( u n p u b l i s h e d P h . D .

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