By Slavoj Žižek
This day, hundreds of thousands of individuals, desperate to flee warfare, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to hunt shelter in Europe. Our reaction from our protected ecu standpoint, argues Slavoj Žižek, deals versions of ideological blackmail: both we open our doorways as commonly as possible; or we strive to drag up the drawbridge. either solutions are undesirable, states Žižek. They in basic terms prolong the problem, instead of tackling it.
The refugee challenge 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 should also acknowledge that giant migrations are our destiny: in basic terms then will we commit to a carefully prepared process of swap, one founded no longer on a community that see the excluded as a danger, yet person who takes as its foundation the shared substance of our social being.
The in basic terms method, in different phrases, to get to the center of 1 of the best concerns confronting Europe this present day is to insist at the international solidarity of the exploited and oppressed. possibly such solidarity is a utopia. yet, warns Žižek, if we don’t interact in it, then we're rather misplaced. And we are going to need to be misplaced.
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Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbours by Slavoj Žižek