Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror and Other by Slavoj Žižek

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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The cars burned and the schools torched were not those of richer neighbourhoods; they were part o f the hard-won acquisitions of the very social strata from which the protesters originated. What, then, needs to be resisted when faced with the shocking reports and images of the burning Paris sub­ urbs and other similar incidents is what I call the hermeneutic temptation: the search for some deeper meaning or message hidden in these outbursts. What is most difficult to accept is precisely the riots’ meaningless­ ness: more than a form o f protest, they are what Lacan called apassage à l’acte – an impulsive movement into action which cannot be translated into speech or thought, and which carries with it an intolerable weight o f frustration.

The paradox is that their only true allies are those who, out o f solidarity with freedom o f expression, reprinted the Muhammad caricatures. The Obscene Underside of Religions Any critical examination of the dark potential o f Islam should undoubtedly embrace Judaism and Christianity as well. Much work has already been done here: the obscene underside of the Catholic universe is a topic that is over-analysed in our societies, as are the parallels between Jewish, Christian and Muslim fundamentalisms.

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. And what about the thousands in camps around the chan­ nel port o f Calais who are not satisfied with France but are ready to risk their lives to enter the United Kingdom? One can observe here the paradox o f utopia: precisely when people find themselves in poverty, distress and dan­ ger, and one would expect that they would be satisfied by a minimum of safety and well-being, the absolute utopia explodes.

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