Against the Double Blackmail

Our response from our protected 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.

Against the Double Blackmail

Against the Double Blackmail

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 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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Against the Double Blackmail
Language: en
Pages: 160
Authors: Slavoj Žižek
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-21 - Publisher: Penguin UK

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 European standpoint, argues Slavoj Zizek, offers two versions of ideological blackmail: either we open our doors as widely as possible; or we try
Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbors
Language: en
Pages: 144
Authors: Slavoj Zizek
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-10-04 - Publisher:

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
Žižek on Race
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Authors: Zahi Zalloua
Categories: Philosophy
Type: BOOK - Published: 2020-02-20 - Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Slavoj Žižek's prolific comments on anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, scapegoating, popular nationalism, the refugee crisis, Eurocentrism, the War on Terror, neocolonialism, global justice, and rioting comprise a dizzying array of thinking. But what can we pull out of his various writings and commentaries on race in the contemporary world? Is there anything
Normalizing the Balkans
Language: en
Pages: 200
Authors: Professor Dušan I Bjelic
Categories: Social Science
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013-01-28 - Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Normalizing the Balkans argues that, following the historical patterns of colonial psychoanalysis and psychiatry in British India and French Africa as well as Nazi psychoanalysis and psychiatry, the psychoanalysis and psychiatry of the Balkans during the 1990s deployed the language of psychic normality to represent the space of the Other
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Pages: 114
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Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-05-05 - Publisher: Routledge

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