Spiegel follows the "Elvis of cultural studies" to a conference in Berlin where he presents his esoteric and eccentric ideas on the behavior of "late capitalism". "For Zizek, philosophy means thinking out of bounds — far removed from practical execution, as opposed to reality-based political science, which must have its limits. When American leftist liberals accuse him of making a case for a new leftist dictatorship, Zizek points out that it was he, not they, who lived under (former Yugoslav dictator Josip) Tito and, as a young professor, was barred from teaching."