July 15, 2014
Well, Steve Sailer’s article on Slavoj Žižek’s plagiarism of a 1999 American Renaissance magazine article by Stanley Hornbeck in a review of Kevin MacDonald’s work is big news, and it appears unlikely the pudgy Marxist will ever fully recover from it.
He could have plagiarized someone else (likely has) and gotten caught and gotten away with it, but the fact that he plagiarized a “White supremacist” publication while reviewing the work of another “White supremacist” is too juicy of a story to disappear easily.
Even while the Jews over at Slate try to excuse him by claiming that it was the fault of an aide, they admit that what he did was academic fraud, and illegal.
When Newsweek contacted Critical Inquiry, James Williams, its senior managing editor, agreed that Žižek “absolutely” borrowed from Hornbeck’s review. “We’re very sorry it happened,” he said. “If we had known Žižek was plagiarizing, we would have certainly asked him to remove the illegal passages.”
Newsweek then contacted Hornbeck, who writes under a pseudonym. “Anyone who has seen the side-by-side comparisons can have no doubt that Žižek is a plagiarist,” he said. “I know nothing about his writing habits. Maybe he does this all the time. Or it may be that as a prominent Marxist he didn’t want it known that he reads American Renaissance. In any case, what he did is contemptible, and his publisher…should certainly have a word with him.”
Raw Story, Gawker and NPR have also run stories on the crime, each trying their best to defend the fat Marxist thief while being forced to admit he is obviously guilty of the most egregious possible academic misdeed.
He’s not going to be able to get away from this. It will haunt whatever remains of his career, and it will overshadow whatever legacy he hoped to leave.
It’s good news. This guy really is a completely pretentious prick.