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Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror & Other Troubles With the Neighbours

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  • Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror & Other Troubles With the Neighbours 
    Title: Against the Double Blackmail: Refugees, Terror & Other Troubles With the Neighbours
    Author: ZIZEK SLAVOJ
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 17/10/2016
    Imprint: ALLEN LANE
    Price: $24.99
    Publishing status: Active

    Today, hundreds of thousands of people, desperate to escape war, violence and poverty, are crossing the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Europe. Our response, argues Žižek, 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 states Žižek, are bad. 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 sees 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 Žižek, if we don't engage in it, then we are really lost. And we will deserve to be lost.

    ISBN: 9780241278840
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