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By Slavoj Žižek

ISBN-10: 0241278848

ISBN-13: 9780241278840

At the present time, hun­dreds of thou­sands of individuals, des­per­ate to flee conflict, viol­ence and poverty, are cross­ing the Medi­ter­ranean to hunt safe haven in Europe. Our reaction from our pro­tec­ted eu stand­point, argues Sla­voj Žižek, bargains ver­sions of ideo­lo­gical black­mail: both we open our doorways as greatly as pos­sible; or we strive to drag up the draw­bridge. either solu­tions are undesirable, states Žižek. They purely pro­long the prob­lem, instead of tack­ling it.

The refugee situation additionally provides an oppor­tun­ity, a different probability for Europe to redefine itself: yet, if we're to take action, we need to commence rais­ing unpleas­ant and dif­fi­cult ques­tions. We should also acknow­ledge that enormous migra­tions are our destiny: simply then will we com­mit to a care­fully pre­pared pro­cess of swap, one foun­ded now not on a com­munity that see the excluded as a chance, yet one who takes as its foundation the shared sub­stance of our social being.

The purely manner, in different phrases, to get to the guts of 1 of the best concerns con­front­ing Europe at the present time is to insist at the worldwide solid­ar­ity of the exploited and oppressed. probably such solid­ar­ity is a uto­pia. yet, warns Žižek, if we don’t have interaction in it, then we're quite misplaced. And we'll need to be misplaced.

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Much work has already been done here: the obscene underside of the Catholic universe is a topic that is over-analysed in our societies, as are the parallels between Jewish, Christian and Muslim fundamentalisms. Let’s recall events in the Yorkshire town of Rotherham in England, where, between 1997 and 2013, at least 1,400 chil­ dren were subjected to brutal sexual exploitation. 19 Before a com­ prehensive inquiry was published in 2014, there had been three inquiries in the early to mid-2ooos which had led to nothing: the inquiry team noted fears among council staff o f being labelled ‘racist’ if they pursued the matter.

Moreover, we should ignore them not only because they are not essential to the immanent content of the religion in question, but also because their oppressive use is conditioned by specific historical circumstances. Unfortunately, though, the Israeli government is being sucked deeper and deeper into this mire. In a speech to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on 21 October 2015, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu suggested that Hitler had wanted only to expel Jews from Germany, not to exterminate them; and that, rather, it was Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Palestinian grand mufti o f Jerusalem, who somehow persuaded Hitler to kill the Jews instead.

Hotovely] quoted a medieval Jewish rabbi, Rashi, who wrote about the creation of the world. In that account, the rabbi suggested: ‘For if the nations of the world 23 A G A I N S T THE DOUBLE B L A C K M A I L should say to Israel, “You are robbers, for you conquered by force the lands of the seven nations [of Canaan],” they will reply, “The entire earth belongs to the Holy One, blessed be He; He created it (this we learn from the story of the Creation) and gave it to whomever He deemed proper when He wished.

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