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From Žižek’s recent essay on Berlusconi / Ahmadinejad in the London Review of Books:

Surprised at seeing a horseshoe above the door of [Neils] Bohr’s country house, a visiting scientist said he didn’t believe that horseshoes kept evil spirits out of the house, to which Bohr answered: ‘Neither do I; I have it there because I was told that it works just as well if one doesn’t believe in it!’ This is how ideology functions today: nobody takes democracy or justice seriously, we are all aware that they are corrupt, but we practise them anyway because we assume they work even if we don’t believe in them [… ]. [Berlusconi] as the Marx Brothers might have put it, ‘[… ] may look like a corrupt idiot and act like a corrupt idiot, but don’t let that deceive you – he is a corrupt idiot.’

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