“In the Czech ‘normalization’ that followed the Soviet invasion of 1968, the regime took care that, in one way or another, the majority of people were somehow morally discredited, compelled to violate their own moral standards.” – When an individual was blackmailed into signing a petition against a dissident (say, con-demning Havel himself), he knew that he was lying and contributing to a campaign against an honest man, and it was precisely this ethical betrayal that made him the ideal subject of late Socialism. We thus had a regime that actively condoned and relied on the moral bankruptcy of its subjects. This actual shared guilt provides the disavowed foundation of the spectre of the ‘objective guilt’

Zizek. Did Somebody Say Totalitarianism http://ift.tt/1JrfpMX

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