Slavoj Žižek on Refugees, Conservatism, and Cultural Incompatibility


Slavoj Žižek examines the situation out of which refugees are created, and criticizes conservatives and liberals alike for their “conspiracy theories”. examines the situation out of which refugees are created, and criticizes conservatives and liberals alike for their “conspiracy theories”. Žižek’s latest book is “Refugees, Terror and Other Troubles with the Neighbors: Against the Double Blackmail” (https://goo.gl/m2Aj7S).

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Transcript – We who try to be decent people are bombarded by some kind of moral political pressure from two sides: First there is the worst one, of course, this anti-immigrant populous side like why should we even allow refugees in; it’s their fault; third world travel and so on, there are enough poor people here; they come from another civilization; it means conflict and so on and so on. So there is all the time this pressure of we are defending our way of life; refugees are disturbing it. And it’s interesting how in some radical right wing circles we really have already new conspiracy theories, which always fascinate me in their madness.

A couple of weeks ago the main Slovenia, I’m a coming from Slovenia, right wing weekly journal something like, Slovene Time Magazine, published a comment by a guy, which was a ferocious attack on George Soros, the humanitarian billionaire, claiming that he’s the most disgusting despicable and dangerous person today in the world because he’s a Jew who is organizing Muslim invasion into Europe. The guy uses totally open brutal terms like Negroid Islamist hoards are invading Europe. Claiming that the Jewish plan is to destroy Christian Europe and they’re using Muslims to do it. Why do I like, I mean don’t misunderstand me I’m horrified at it, But why do I “like” this fantasy? Because it goes to the end and it brings together two different levels of conspiracy theory. One is Muslim invasion of Europe and the other is anti-Semitism. Read Full Transcript Here: https://goo.gl/Eh5bBA.

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