Uncritical Pro AND Anti Immigration Stances? Sentiment, not Reality

Just have a look at my comment below, for an article on the site of the publisher Verso Books:

http://www.versobooks.com/blogs/2679-the-hegemonic-powers-of-the-eu-have-gone-one-step-too-far-on-governing-borders-and-the-right-to-move

Immigration is nothing to do with the question of deserving or not deserving this or that. Immigration is an entitlement, a legal provision; to confuse entitlements with desert is to confound a legal category with a morally charged ethical notion.

I further add:

Both far right populists and the ‘Worthy Left’ elements of the left reduce the question of immigration to mere sentimentalism and moralism, rather than serious, reality-based critique and discussion.

Those who treat exclusion as a moral absolute are wrong. They are detached from reality.

Those who treat inclusion as a moral absolute are wrong. They are detached from reality.

The shameless depoliticizing of immigration, under the guise of political discussion, is troubling.

To make this complicated and sensitive issue a rhetorical and emotive football is nonsensical and thoroughly self-serving. Immigration cannot be taken seriously as a political issue when it is reduced to the primitive, raw, pre-reflexive sentiment of bleeding-heart leftists OR bleeding-fist rightists.

As Zizek has so often said on a variety of issues, drily hat-tipping Stalin:

Which one is worse? They are both worse!

For Zizek, this means they are both founded on the same error.

 

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