Conservatism, Liberalism, and Identity

Michael Villanova
Throughout recent discussions of race, gender, and identity, both sides of the political spectrum avoid addressing the central concept of what "otherness" is. Using the psychoanalytic and philosophical insights of Slavoj Zizek combined with philosophers such as Jean Baudrillard and Albert Camus, this paper will argue for the rejection of left liberalism, political correctness, and conservative cultural theory due to their inability to allow the subject more freedoms in relation to the other.
more » ... on to the other. The paper calls for the adoption of Zizek's elimination of the big Other in which one enters into communication with the other as a subject of ideological equals. This will be the only way in which one can ever speak, congregate, or interact in a wholly free and unrestrictive manner while also creating genuine political change.