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Lenin’s Tomb Indulges Dieudonné’s ‘Mates’ and anti-Semites.

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Lenin’s Tomb writes,” I have been given permission to publish this excellent paper from the Penser l’émancipation, closing plenary, Nanterre, on February 22, 2014.  It was written and delivered by the excellent Houria Bouteldja, a member of Le Parti des indigènes de la République.”

On anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism.

It also designates an enemy: the Jew as a Jew, and the Jew as a Zionist, as an embodiment of imperialism, but also because of the Jew’s privileged position. The one who occupies the best seat in the hearts of the White, a place for which many indigènes are fighting.

Because they dream of becoming the Prince’s favourites, but without questioning that Prince’s legitimacy: the legitimacy of the White Man. As we, in the PIR, often say: “The spontaneous ideology of the indigènes is integrationism.” And in the end, if Soral’s strategy is working, it is also because he revalidates arabo-muslim virility that was the target of racism and colonialism — I will not detail here another episode, the one with Ni Putes Ni Soumises and Femen.

Must we condemn this youth? Are they fascists?

My reply is No!

Now, the trouble is that we are not integrationists. And integration through anti-semitism horrifies us just as much as integration though White universalism and national-chauvinism. We abhor anything that seeks to integrate us into whiteness; anti-semitism being a pure product of Europe and the West. As a decolonial movement, it is self-evident that we cannot support Dieudonné.

Yet we could not condemn him in the manner of the white Left, because there is a certain dimension that has escaped the Left, but one that is clear to any indigène with a modicum of dignity. It is what I have recalled in an interview in 2012: “For me Dieudonné is not Soral, because he is a social indigène. I cannot treat him as I treat Soral. I thoroughly disagree with his political choices: the fact that he has been seduced by Soral’s nationalistic views, that he knows nothing about Palestine and Zionism, and his alliance with the far-right.

At the same time, I feel ambivalent. I would start by saying that I love Dieudonné; that I love him as the indigènes love him; that I understand why the indigènes love him. I love him because he has done an important action in terms of dignity, of indigène pride, of Black pride: he refused to be a domestic negro. Even if he doesn’t have the right political program in his head, his attitude is one of resistance

This “excellent Houria Bouteldja” has other views of note,

“Pour Houria Bouteldja, porte parole du mouvement], sans être une tare  « le mode de vie homosexuel n’existe pas dans les quartiers populaires ». Dans un droit de réponse à l’article la mettant en cause, elle rappelle notamment ses propos exacts sur le sujet, tenus le 6 novembre 2012 dans l’émission télévisée Ce soir (ou jamais !) de Frédéric Taddéï: « Je ne crois pas à l’universalité de l’identité politique homosexuelle. Je fais la distinction entre le fait qu’il peut y avoir des pratiques homosexuelles effectivement dans les quartiers ou ailleurs mais que ça ne se manifeste pas par une revendication identitaire politique.”

So gay life does not exist in the working class housing estates, which the ‘indigènes (self-appointed) claim to represent.

They certainly do their bit to make sure this happens.

In 2012 they shouted down and attacked gay writer Caroline Fourest.

She was attacked in September that year at the annual Fête d’Huma by the Indigènes de la République  and the Indivisibles. They prevented her from talking about her latest book against the Front National.

As a kind of ‘autonomous rights’ movement (indigènes is taken from the time of French colonialisation) for the civic status – lack of – of the ‘natives’ in the French empire one thing sticks out about this groupuscule (apart from his willingness to use thuggery against opponents).

It is its American-UK  defence of ‘multiculturalism’.

This explains perhaps the following (distastefully  phrased),

So what has happened between these two generations: the potentially pork-eating immigrants who were tied to the Left and the non-pork-eating immigrants drifting towards the Right?

The bully continues,

On the front of the radical Left, we have witnessed: complicity of parts of the radical Left with moralistic anti-racism; hostility towards autonomous immigration movements; collusion and active complicity with islamophobia; focusing on fascism at the expense of structural racism and a critique of white supremacy that cuts across the radical Left itself; the centrality of the Holocaust at the expense of the history of colonialism and slavery; clientelism in the neighbourhoods (in particular in Communist Party municipalities); white anti-Zionism, that is an anti-Zionism that is supportive of resistance movements that resemble the left (the PFLP for example) and that is contemptuous of those who do not resemble it (such as Hamas at the time of the attacks against Gaza).

It would be interesting to hear how his group which also backed Hezbollah not considers them.

On Syria – motus!

One heartily agrees, however  with this statement,

For this to be possible, we must be accepted as we are: a group that is racially and socially dominated, not necessarily clear-cut on several issues: not clear-cut on capitalism, not clear-cut on class struggle, not clear-cut on women, not clear-cut on homosexuality, not clear-cut on Jews.

Parti des Indigènes de la République

That is “”la reconnaissance par l’Etat de ces différentes langues, cultures et spiritualités comme autant de besoins sociaux et comme des composantes à part entière de la communauté politique et culturelle et des institutions qui la constituent.”

State recognition of the different languages, cultures and spiritualities as social needs and integral parts in themselves of the political, cultural and institutional framework.”

Update.

This is Seymour’s Twitter Reply to someone who tweeted him about this,

leninology ‏@leninology  19h

@Pabloite @JamesHeartfield fuck Caroline Fourest, she’s a weirdo Islamophobe conspiracy theorist. (Lot of that about.)

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  1. CLR James is cited a little disingenuously in this article, to put it mildly. If his article is read — available here — it can be seen that James saw anti-Semitic outbursts by blacks as a manifestation of spontaneous political actions that had to be overcome if racism and the inferior position of blacks in the USA were to be brought to an end. This bloke sees this sort of thing as positive in itself.

    Dieudonné and his anti-Semitism can be comprehended in the same way as the US blacks who lashed out against Jews. And he and his ideas have to be overcome, and certainly not accepted let alone celebrated, if racism and disadvantage in France are to be fought effectively.

    A century or more after August Bebel neatly described anti-Semitism as the ‘socialism of idiots’, we have it repeated here as a way to fight oppression. That Richard Seymour sees this as ‘excellent’ shows that he is going in a very peculiar direction.

    Despite being on a mad Maoist site, there is a good piece on Dieudonné, especially on the basis of his anti-Jewish sentiments, here.

    Dr Paul

    March 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm

  2. Surely Seymour’s views here are just another example of “race play”? Or, possibly, “intesectionality”?

    Jim Denham

    March 3, 2014 at 10:02 pm

  3. Yes, I imagine that if one dabbles in ‘Intersectionality’, one is bound by one’s level of privilege not to subject to criticism anything by someone whose privilege ranking stands below one’s own, even if he or she writes offensive balderdash. If one’s level of privilege is considerably higher than that of the author (as in this particular case), then presumably one is obliged to praise such a work.

    Dr Paul

    March 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

  4. From reading their stuff I’d say they are ideal soul mates for Seymour.

    They are intellectuals pretending to be from the ‘Estates’ (citing Stuart Hall, CLR James etc), though they can mobilise some thugs.

    Andrew Coates

    March 4, 2014 at 1:29 pm

  5. The CLR James link is duff — try this one.

    Dr Paul

    March 4, 2014 at 3:11 pm

  6. I tried the link and couldn’t see the relevance of the article to what is under discussion here. Anti-semitism has always been a part of a kind of black radicalism witness the hatred of Jews, whites as well, by The Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have form for this as well. They are of course regarded by ” black radicals” in this country as role models.

    themadmullahofbricklane

    March 6, 2014 at 8:04 pm


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