By Slavoj Žižek
This day, hundreds of thousands of individuals, desperate to flee battle, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to hunt shelter in Europe. Our reaction from our protected eu standpoint, argues Slavoj Žižek, bargains versions of ideological blackmail: both we open our doorways as extensively as possible; or we strive to tug up the drawbridge. either solutions are undesirable, states Žižek. They only prolong the problem, instead of tackling it.
The refugee main issue additionally offers an opportunity, a distinct probability for Europe to redefine itself: yet, if we're to take action, we need to commence raising unpleasant and difficult questions. We also needs to acknowledge that giant migrations are our destiny: purely then will we commit to a carefully prepared process of swap, one founded no longer on a community that see the excluded as a hazard, yet person who takes as its foundation the shared substance of our social being.
The in simple terms manner, in different phrases, to get to the guts of 1 of the best concerns confronting Europe at the present time is to insist at the worldwide solidarity of the exploited and oppressed. might be such solidarity is a utopia. yet, warns Žižek, if we don’t have interaction in it, then we're fairly misplaced. And we are going to should be misplaced.
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Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours by Slavoj Žižek