What did he meme by this?
Is this a result of all the social constructs that we live in shaping our world?
Or is this more of a case of people saying things and presenting them as fact I;e The jews caused 9/11 and I can't understand the science behind it therefore it must be true.
Or is it something else all together
The proletariat, the collective subject of history, makes use of ideology (a series of fantasies) to protect themselves from completing the action of desire on the other. The other being here material reality.
Workers make up little stories about "their good boss" or "The Labour Party" or "Christ" to prevent themselves from having to confront the horrifying real: the immanent possibility of them running production in their own interest.
Žižek means ideology in the Marxist sense but with a great deal of Lacanian ideas about "the image".
>Mainly industrial types, like truck drivers and labourers and scho on
The proletariat is the working class coming into a consciousness of its own power. It can be any wage labourer, productive or unproductive, as long as their pay is less than the value they add or costs they save (respectively).
Marx gives the explicit example of teachers as proletarian when producing value.
>So the first step towards communism is acceptance of reality?
Yes. But the real is terrifying. Imagine, if you and your workmates formed a union, that formed other unions, and if you shot your boss, you would be running EVERYTHING together democratically tomorrow. Because you CURRENTLY RUN EVERYTHING.
Zizek seems to believe that the proletariat can come to a symbolic knowledge of the real through the party. I disagree. I think the proletariat can directly experience reality through collective praxis—ie, to know reality through class struggle. But that's because I prefer Harry Cleaver's Reading Capital Politically to mister sniffy man.
>What if the value is subjective, as in music? Or politics?
Value has a VERY specific meaning to Marxists. It is the flow of money into commodities used to produce further commodities which are converted to money, commodities being a use (a reason to buy) and a value expressed as a price.
New value is only produced by labour (including the labour of capitalists in planning production and bullying workers), and labour transforms old value into new forms (coal into coke for example).
This is one quote from Zizek that has helped me in understanding his discussions of ideology:
>The function of ideology is not to offer us a point of escape from our reality but to offer us the social reality itself as an escape
Is a a way to explain why people develop certain "communist" practices? Like food co-ops, couch surfing and care sharing? Maybe even file-sharing? Cause this is what came to my mind reading this.