Finding common ground in the clash of civilizations

The Left Must Embrace Its Radical Western Roots by Slavoj Zizek is an old piece, written in the wake of the Paris terror attacks of 2015, but still worth reading for its nuanced navigation of cultural divides and Western liberal values.

…one has to do two things. First, formulate a minimum set of norms obligatory for everyone that includes religious freedom, protection of individual freedom against group pressure, the rights of women, etc.—without fear that such norms will appear “Eurocentric.” Second, within these limits, unconditionally insist on the tolerance of different ways of life. And if norms and communication don’t work, then the force of law should be applied in all its forms.