By Slavoj Žižek
This day, thousands of individuals, desirous to get away warfare, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to hunt shelter in Europe. Our reaction from our safe ecu viewpoint, argues Slavoj Žižek, deals models of ideological blackmail: both we open our doorways as commonly as attainable; or we attempt to drag up the drawbridge. either ideas are undesirable, states Žižek. They in basic terms lengthen the matter, instead of tackling it.
The refugee concern additionally offers a chance, a different probability for Europe to redefine itself: yet, if we're to take action, we need to begin elevating disagreeable and hard questions. We should also recognize that giant migrations are our destiny: in simple terms then do we decide to a gently ready strategy of switch, one based no longer on a neighborhood that sees the excluded as a chance, yet person who takes as its foundation the shared substance of our social being.
The merely method, in different phrases, to get to the guts of 1 of the best concerns confronting Europe this day is to insist at the worldwide harmony of the exploited and oppressed. possibly such unity is a utopia. yet, warns Žižek, if we don’t interact in it, then we're particularly misplaced. And we are going to should be misplaced.
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