Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbors: Against the Double Blackmail

Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbors: Against the Double Blackmail Author Slavoj Zizek
ISBN-10 1612196241
ISBN-13 9781612196244
Year 2016-10-18
Pages 144
Language English
Publisher Melville House
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Called the Elvis of cultural theory by The New York Times popular philosopher and leftist rabble rouser Slavoj Zizek looks at one of the most desperate situations of our time the current refugee crisis overwhelming Europe In this short yet stirring book Zizek argues that accepting all comers or blocking all entry are both untenable solutions but there is a third option Today hundreds of thousands of people desperate to escape war violence and poverty are crossing the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe Our response from our protected Western European standpoint argues Slavoj Zizek offers two versions of ideological blackmail either we open our doors as widely as possible or we try to pull up the drawbridge Both solutions are bad states Zizek They merely prolong the problem rather than tackling it The refugee crisis also presents an opportunity a unique chance for Europe to redefine itself but if we are to do so we have to start raising unpleasant and difficult questions We must also acknowledge that large migrations are our future only then can we commit to a carefully prepared process of change one founded not on a community that see the excluded as a threat but one that takes as its basis the shared substance of our social being The only way in other words to get to the heart of one of the greatest issues confronting Europe today is to insist on the global solidarity of the exploited and oppressed Maybe such solidarity is a utopia But warns Zizek if we don t engage in it then we are really lost And we will deserve to be lost

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