By Slavoj Žižek
At the present time, thousands of individuals, desirous to break out struggle, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to hunt safe haven in Europe. Our reaction from our secure ecu perspective, argues Slavoj Žižek, bargains types of ideological blackmail: both we open our doorways as generally as attainable; or we strive to drag up the drawbridge. either recommendations are undesirable, states Žižek. They basically extend the matter, instead of tackling it.
The refugee situation additionally offers a chance, a special likelihood for Europe to redefine itself: yet, if we're to take action, we need to commence elevating disagreeable and hard questions. We also needs to recognize that giant migrations are our destiny: in simple terms then do we decide to a delicately ready means of switch, one based now not on a group that sees the excluded as a chance, yet one who takes as its foundation the shared substance of our social being.
The basically manner, 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 fairly misplaced. And we'll should be misplaced.
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Brent asked. "Naw," Doug said flatly, taking back his book and starting to read again. Since he didn't seem interested in talking, we went back upstairs. After a little while he came back up, got his rice, put a bit of soya sauce on it, and went back to his room to eat. Brent explained that Doug ate an exclusive diet of brown rice and boiled vegetables with soya sauce. For hours that evening we sat and talked about Women Against Prisons, a group Angie had formed to provide support for women in the local prison and to educate the public about prison conditions.
Anyways, I went down to Stan Guenther's office — this lawyer who handles a lot of political cases. He said we could beat it so we went to court. " She laughed. " After that little bit of excitement, we continued to the laundromat, did our laundry, and went back to the house, talking and laughing the whole time. I got the impression that Bridget and Saphie could make even the most boring task fun. As we dragged our bags up the stairs, a faded yellow Volvo pulled in the driveway with Brent and, in the driver's seat, a young woman who looked about my age.