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By Slavoj Žižek

ISBN-10: 0241278848

ISBN-13: 9780241278840

This present day, hun­dreds of thou­sands of individuals, des­per­ate to flee warfare, viol­ence and poverty, are cross­ing the Medi­ter­ranean to hunt shelter in Europe. Our reaction from our pro­tec­ted eu stand­point, argues Sla­voj Žižek, deals ver­sions of ideo­lo­gical black­mail: both we open our doorways as greatly as pos­sible; or we attempt to drag up the draw­bridge. either solu­tions are undesirable, states Žižek. They only pro­long the prob­lem, instead of tack­ling it.

The refugee drawback additionally provides an oppor­tun­ity, a different probability for Europe to redefine itself: yet, if we're to take action, we need to begin rais­ing unpleas­ant and dif­fi­cult ques­tions. We also needs to acknow­ledge that giant migra­tions are our destiny: in basic terms then do we com­mit to a care­fully pre­pared pro­cess of swap, one foun­ded no longer on a com­munity that see the excluded as a risk, yet one 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 at the present time is to insist at the international 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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33 Another feature shared by these rich countries is the 50 T H E P O L I T I C A L E C O N O M Y OF R E F U G E E S rise o f a new slavery. While capitalism legitimizes itself as the economic system that implies and furthers personal freedoms (as a condition of market exchange), its own dynamics have brought about a renaissance o f slavery. Although slavery became almost extinct at the end of the Middle Ages, it exploded again in the European colonies from early modernity until the American Civil War.

The topic of porous walls, o f the threat o f being inundated by foreigners, is strictly immanent to global capitalism: it is an index of what is false about capitalist globalization. It is as if the refugees want to extend free global circulation from commodities to people. From the Marxist standpoint, the ‘freedom of movement’ has to be related to the need o f capital for a ‘free’ labour force (mil­ lions torn out o f their communal life forms so that they can be employed in sweatshops, as is happening today in China or Mexico), as well as to the truly universal free­ dom o f capital to move around the globe.

The actualization o f this freedom presupposes nothing less than a radical socio-economic revolution - but why? In our global world, commodities circulate freely, but not people: to reiterate, new forms of apartheid are emerg­ ing. The topic of porous walls, o f the threat o f being inundated by foreigners, is strictly immanent to global capitalism: it is an index of what is false about capitalist globalization. It is as if the refugees want to extend free global circulation from commodities to people.

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