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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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There are several half-outraged, half-satirical attacks on this habit in the two “American” books—in fact they make up as prominent a part of Dickens’s critique of the United States as his more weighty objections to southern slavery. ”38 Later, Dickens visits Washington DC, “the head-quarters of tobacco-tinctured saliva,”39 and is horrified to discover that spittoons are in place everywhere, even on Capitol Hill. ”40 Dickens was by no means the only European writer who took offence at the tobacco chewing and spitting of the Americans.

In the eyes of the Romantics, the vulgarity of Americans was also— and perhaps primarily—reflected in their religious customs. The United States had always been a deeply religious country. Many of the earliest settlers were Protestant dissidents, who had left England to be able to exercise their faith in safety from persecution. Tolerance and freedom of religion had therefore from the outset been fundamental concepts in American political thinking, which had effectively prevented the formation of a state religion of the European variety.

79 That it is in fact the voice of Stendhal himself that we hear in these harangues becomes evident if we turn to his drafts for a preface to the unfinished novel Lucien Leuwen (1834–35). The verdict here remains the same: “[T]he author would be in despair if he lived under the government of New York. He would rather pay court to M. de Guizot than to his shoemaker. In the nineteenth century democracy, in literature, inevitably leads to the reign of men who are [ . . ”80 Although they were fierce antagonists in the national and European setting, conservatives and liberals thus often came together around a pronounced hostility toward the young American republic.

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