Distinguished philosopher believes Trump will create ‘big awakening’ for American politics

by Rachel Appel

One of the most famous living philosophers endorsed Donald J Trump just days before the US presidential election, confusing Clinton supporters everywhere.

In an interview with Channel 4 News, Slavoj Žižek said: “I’m horrified at Trump. But I think Hillary is the true danger. She built an impossible all-inclusive coalition.”

Named in 2012 by Foreign Policy as one of the top 100 global thinkers, Žižek reminds us that America is not a dictatorial state and ensures that Trump ‘will not introduce fascism,’ but instead will disrupt the political system, setting new political processes in motion.

Žižek said: “In every society there is a whole network of unwritten rules, how politics works, and how you build consensus. Trump disturbed this. And if Trump wins, both big parties, Republicans and Democrats, would have to return to basics, rethink themselves, and maybe some things can happen there.”

Žižek made it clear there is only a single instance when he agreed with Trump: “You remember, when Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary? Trump said it’s like somebody from Occupy Wall Street endorsing Lehman Brothers.”


As the International Director of the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, Žižek is concerned about the dangers of Trump becoming President, as he will nominate ‘right-wingers’ to the Supreme Court.

But still, Hillary concerns him more:

Nevertheless, “She stands for this absolute inertia, the most dangerous one. Because she is a cold warrior, connected with banks, pretending to be socially progressive.”

Since Trump’s presidential victory, there have been many anti-Trump protests across the country and many Americans seem desperate for hope, however Žižek is hopeful:

“That’s my desperate, very desperate hope, it will be a kind of big awakening.”

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *