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 ecu standpoint, argues Slavoj Žižek, bargains versions of ideological blackmail: both we open our doorways as commonly as possible; or we attempt to tug up the drawbridge. either solutions are undesirable, states Žižek. They only prolong the problem, instead of tackling it.
The refugee obstacle additionally provides an opportunity, a different likelihood 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: in basic terms then will we commit to a carefully prepared process of switch, one founded no longer on a community that see the excluded as a probability, yet one 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 matters confronting Europe this present day 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 relatively misplaced. And we'll need to be misplaced.
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