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Serving coffee with Žižek: On decaf, half-caf and real resistance at Starbucks

Introduction

The following paper takes a Žižekian perspective, refined by Alessia Contu, as its theoretical point of departure, as it critically engages with the idea of ‘decaf’ resistance. This term signifies a resistance, which has been deprived of its potentially dangerous main-ingredient, but is still experienced as the original ‘dangerous’ resistance, where both the resister and the resisted have something at stake (Žižek, 2003, 2004, 2010b; Contu, 2008).

Bringing down the house (of Goldman Sachs): Analyzing corrupt forms of trading with Lacan

Introduction*

A large number of press articles have appeared recently dealing with a general suspicion of corruption, fraud and crime in the banking industry. For example, Standard and Poors (S&P) have been suspected of having over-rated corrupt collateralized debt obligations (CDO)[1] to please Wall Street banks at the peak of the subprime crisis (Cassidy, 2013).
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