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54626Re: The Mask of Multiculturalism

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  • Jim
    Feb 7, 2011
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      Wil, Mary,

      Yes - but what is Zizek's position on multiculuralism and immigration?

      Is he in favour of unlimited immigration and full-strength multiculturalism?

      Jim




      --- In existlist@yahoogroups.com, eupraxis@... wrote:
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      > Mary,
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      > Of course, that is far from Zizek's own point or position.
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      > Wil
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      > From: Mary <josephson45r@...>
      > To: existlist <existlist@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 10:13 am
      > Subject: [existlist] The Mask of Multiculturalism
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      > I doubt there is another more existentially relevant topic than Otherness. Since reading Zizek's characterization of multiculturalism as a politically correct facade, I've been following with interest the mask as it falls off in Europe, most recently in Britain. (The U.S. has been unmasked since our failure to end slavery with our Constitution.) The unlikely coalition between Left and Right concerning immigration is a healthy but potentially volatile move in the right direction. Communities can no longer pretend there are no differences between or within cultures, but punishing through austerity or cultivating fear are not satisfactory solutions. I think it's fairly obscene public policy to allow immigration to run amok then create further divisions. This is blatant irresponsibility. A basic education of existentialism's exploration of the origin and function of difference could have gone a long way in sustaining dialog between cultures. The problem with Fundamentalist and Liberals is—their god hasn't died yet—and they can't move humanely forward until it has.
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      > Here are merely two articles.
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      > http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/feb/06/capitalism-multiculturalism-cameron-flawed-analysis?intcmp=239
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      > http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/oct/03/immigration-policy-roma-rightwing-europe
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