I've been invited to write something on Zizek, on the strength of my "Philosophy and Literature" essay. So I shall try. But it's vexing. Are these books supposed to be whimsical? To what extent is he just clowning and mugging for the camera? Also, he does a thing that's so strange to me I don't really know how to take it. He assumes without argument that liberal democracy is not the sort of thing that any serious leftist would advocate. He doesn't quite say it in so many words, but skates over the point repeatedly in a way that is not otherwise interpretable. He apparently thinks no form of political liberalism is interesting enough - either in theory or practice - to merit even a qualified defense. Is he just keeping a straight face to try to get a rise? (Adam Kotsko, please enlighten us.)
Zizek heavily favors what might be termed 'Tholian Web arguments': intellectual formations so potent (apparently) that they would only be needed against the most formidable targets; yet so delicate, disruptable and tardy to deploy that they could only be efficacious against targets that are immobilized and defenseless - possibly because the captain is trapped in another dimension. Liberalism, for example.