By Slavoj Žižek

ISBN-10: 0241278848

ISBN-13: 9780241278840

This day, hun­dreds of thou­sands of individuals, des­per­ate to flee struggle, 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 greatly as pos­sible; or we attempt to drag up the draw­bridge. either solu­tions are undesirable, states Žižek. They only pro­long the prob­lem, instead of tack­ling it.

The refugee quandary additionally provides an oppor­tun­ity, a different probability for Europe to redefine itself: yet, if we're to take action, we need to begin rais­ing unpleas­ant and dif­fi­cult ques­tions. We also needs to acknow­ledge that giant migra­tions are our destiny: in basic terms then will we com­mit to a care­fully pre­pared pro­cess of switch, one foun­ded now not on a com­munity that see the excluded as a chance, yet person who takes as its foundation the shared sub­stance of our social being.

The in basic 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 international solid­ar­ity of the exploited and oppressed. perhaps 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 need to be misplaced.

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Some o f their opponents organized counter­ demonstrations. Orthodox Jews o f the Jewish Political Action Committee hired Mexican labourers to dress up as Jews and do the protesting for them, bearing signs that read things like ‘Judaism prohibits homosexuality’ and ‘God Created Adam and Eve N O T Adam and Steve’. 15 A wonderful new and unexpected vision of inter-passivity — I hire others to protest for me while I participate in the very thing I protest against through the other. This is a nice example o f how even a non-believer can enjoy the practical consequences o f belief.

What did he expect? Auschwitz was no instructional institution . . You learned nothing there, and least o f all humanity and tolerance. Absolutely nothing good came out o f the concentration camps, I hear myself saying, 41 A G A I N S T THE DOUBLE B L A C K M A I L with my voice rising, and he expects catharsis, purgation, the sort o f thing you go to the theatre for? 27 This, perhaps, is the most depressing lesson o f horror and suffering: there is nothing to be learned from it. The only way out o f the vicious circle of this depression is to change the terrain towards concrete social and economic analysis.

But, in fact, are not the refugees entering Europe also offering themselves as a cheap precarious workforce, in many cases at the expense of local workers, many of whom react to this threat by joining anti-immigrant populists? For many o f the refugees, this rejection by the local poor will be their dream realized. From the Culture Wars to Class Struggle . . and Back For the refugees are not just escaping from their war-torn homelands. They are also possessed by a certain dream. We see again and again on our screens refugees in south­ ern Italy who make it clear that they don’t want to stay there: they mostly want to live in Scandinavian countries.

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