In the December 19th edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education there was a Critical Mass column (annoyingly, full text is not online, you have to be a subscriber, but thanks Rowan for sending me the text of the article) on "cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek" which brought together a number of quotes from critics and bloggers "about the nature of Žižek's intellectual project".
The bloggers were responding to an article by Adam Kirsch in The New Republic:
The cover of its December 3 issue pronounces Žižek The Most Despicable Philosopher in the West. The inside essay is equally scathing. In what is ostensibly a review of two recent books by Žižek — Violence: Six Sideways Reflections and In Defense of Lost Causes — Adam Kirsch, a senior editor at the magazine, accuses Žižek of, among other things, being a fascist and flirting with anti-Semitism.
There is a name for the politics that glorifies risk, decision, and will; that yearns for the hero, the master, and the leader; that prefers death and the infinite to democracy and the pragmatic; that finds the only true freedom in the terror of violence. Its name is not communism. Its name is fascism, and in his most recent work Žižek has inarguably revealed himself as some sort of fascist...
My favourite response to Kirsch is this from Mark Scroggins (I'll respond myself later in the week):
An astonishing farrago of out-of-context quotations, superficial misreadings, and ad hominem attacks. Kirsch makes David Lehman on Paul de Man seem subtle.