I went to a really interesting seminar today given by Renata Salecl titled The Three Passions; Love, Hate and Ignorance (referencing the psychoanalytic work of Jacques Lacan) and it concentrated mostly the passion for ignorance and how ignorance plays such an active role in society. After all ignorance, in many ways, helps us maintain a sense of sanity but the discussion opened out into a broader look at how it is being used politically. Also the proliferation of hate. Are the breaking down of structures providing a potential for a new left in politics or is it just indulging in the enjoyment or the jouissance of a quasi ‘Death Drive’ – an enjoyment in the process of destruction without care for creating something better? I fear it is the latter … this video is from a couple of years ago but touches on some of the ideas covered today.