Think Pieces

Redefining the ‘Immigration’ Issue

2010/09/20

There is a widespread concern across the European left that, as in the 1930s, a structural crisis of capitalism, far from automatically precipitating a radical shift in public opinion, risks being successfully exploited by the populist right. This would not only destroy what is left of the post-1945 social-democratic consensus but would redefine politics, in polarised Schmittian terms, against the immigrant/refugee enemy ‘other’—while leaving the real author of the crisis, the banker in Keynes’ capitalist casino, scot-free.

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