“Intellectual superstar” Slavoj Žižek is a philosopher, psychoanalyst and cultural commentator. Žižek was a dissident thinker in Tito’s Yugoslavia and ran for president in the 1990 Slovenian presidential election. Žižek is a notorious provocateur, who describes himself as a Leninist as well as an admirer of Europe’s Judeo-Christian heritage, and decorates his flat in Ljubljana with a portrait of Joseph Stalin. He is Professor at the European Graduate School, senior researcher at the Institute of Sociology, University of Ljubljana and International Director of the Birkbeck Centre for the Humanities, University of London.
David Horowitz is a renowned stalwart of hardline conservative American political thought and an unrepentant Zionist. During the 1960s and 1970s, Horowitz was the editor of Ramparts magazine and a leading figure in the emerging “New Left” at the University of California, Berkeley, and an employee of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation in London. Horowitz’s journey to the right of the political spectrum began in the 1970s, after his involvement with the Black Panthers ended in a personal tragedy. He is the Director of the David Horowitz Freedom Center and a prolific author of political literature. His organisation campaigns against leftist and Islamist influence in the media, in academia and in politics.
The tone of the conversation between Žižek, Horowitz and Assange alternates between combative, personal and good-humoured. The topics covered jump backwards and forwards at a wildfire pace, to include Palestinians and Nazis, Joseph Stalin and Barack Obama, the decline of Europe and the tension between liberty and equality, among many others.