It’s strangely surreal to hear Zizek patch together a bunch of one-liners, anecdotes, and jokes (i.e., his usually tropes) in a setting like OWS. Somehow, they take on a completely different tone. I would like to think that Zizek is embodying a sort of prophetic mode here – not in the naive evangelical sense of predicting the future, but in the actual biblical sense of speaking apocalyptic truth to the times. Zizek has never done well with prescriptive measures or prognostication, so his stance as a “prophet of the times” has sometimes felt a bit hollow. On a soapbox with the (literal) amplification of hundreds of young people, however, and these Zizekisms seem rejuvenated, resurrected, if you will.