[Marxism] Fwd: How to Justify a Crisis | Jacobin

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Oct 8 06:31:30 MDT 2015

Žižek weaves these strands of elitism and bigotry together. In a deft 
nod to a sham egalitarianism, he finds nationalist populism preferable 
to humanitarian calls for open borders from the “liberal left.” He 
believes that the West needs to learn how to intervene militarily in a 
way “that avoids the neocolonial traps of the recent past.”

While “refugees should be assured of their safety . . . it should also 
be made clear to them that they must accept the destination allocated to 
them by European authorities, and that they will have to respect the 
laws and social norms of European states.” “Such rules,” he declares, 
“privilege the Western European way of life, but that is the price to be 
paid for European hospitality.”

These sentiments are couched in anti-capitalist rhetoric — Žižek 
recommends “communism” as the fundamental solution to the crisis. But 
his radical gloss fails to conceal the reactionary nonsense he is promoting.


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