Posts Tagged ‘Racism’
Masses Flock to New SWP Populist Line.
It seems as remote as the fall of Uruk (1750 BCE) but time was when the SWP Annual Conference was of some interest to the rest of the left.
The publication of their ‘secret’ internal bulletins was the occasion for much glee and for outrage at this attack on their inner party ‘democracy’ on the part of SWP members.
Today all we have is this.
The themes of anti-racism and the Stand Up To Racism (SUTR) campaign ran through the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) annual conference last weekend.
We shall resist the temptation to remark that the acronym SUTR (suture?) is unlikely to catch on.
Oh yes we will.
This is the new mass line, as announced by cde Weyman Bennett.
He added that racism can be beaten. “The way the ruling class is using racism comes out of its own weakness,” he argued.
He said the crisis of neoliberalism meant people’s living standards had been attacked—and our rulers have to find others to blame.
Weyman said, “We have SUTR but not as a mass organisation.
“It has to be on the same scale as the Anti Nazi League in the 1970s.”
Protests against Donald Trump on 20 January, a trade union conference on 4 February and mass demonstrations on 18 March can help build it.
What ‘racism’ is, how is related to the non-‘racial’ but very xenophobic wave against ‘foreigners’ that led to Brexit and swoll huge after it, is not defined.
But we learn, “Several Muslim comrades said fighting Islamophobia gave confidence to Muslims.”
Pray, exactly what “fight” is that?
As another cde stated,
Gary from north London spoke about debates in the Black Lives Matter movement, such as the idea that people benefit from white privilege.
Student Antony added, “Identity politics come from a progressive place, but it can be very isolationist. We need to build a movement that can pull away from that.”
Perhaps one might, just possibly, apply this to ‘Muslim’ fights against – undefined – ‘Islamophobia’.
One might examine the issue of Islamism and the genocides carried out by Daesh.
But apparently not,
“Through LGBT+ Against Islamophobia, which we helped launch a few years ago, we put out a statement.
“It argued that Muslims or Islam were not responsible for homophobia or transphobia and we had a good reception at the vigil in Soho.”
This is the centrepiece of the SWP’s strategy,
Amy Leather, joint national secretary of the SWP, introduced a session on building the party. She said, “What we do matters.
“The deep bitterness that exists at the elites can go to the right or the left. We have to intervene to pull that mood to the left.”
We await a Marxist clarification of the term ‘elite’.
Marxist and elite paradigms are normally considered competing theories on social and political change.
‘Elite’ is one of the most pernicious words in ‘populist’ language. It obscures real power, real property, real exploitation, through an attack on the ‘top’ people.
The charge is that ‘cosmopolitan’ , rootless, metropolitan ‘elites’ are ‘out of touch’ with plain folks.
The ‘real’ workers, ‘real’ people are mislead by the internationalist elites.
How this ‘mood’ can be drawn to the left is left undefined, but one way that’s being explored in Europe and Britain, is to support sovereigntism: bringing power under ‘national’ control. This was the view of many of the ‘left’ supporters of voting to leave the EU.
The SWP backed Brexit.
The same Brexit, which, see above, is at the centre of the knot of resentments, and hate that lies at the centre of the very racism that the SWP now puts at the centre of its politics.
It will be interesting to see how this works out.
“We have to maximise the interactions we have with people and take Socialist Worker wherever you go.”
There is perhaps a contradiction between the first part of the sentence (interactions) and the second (taking SW everywhere)….
Cuneiform needed to Break Free from Colonial Legacy.
SOAS University Defends Students Accused Of Being ‘Snowflakes’ Over White Philosopher Demands
Their demands centre around this.
To make sure that the majority of the philosophers on our courses are from the Global South or it’s diaspora.
“SOAS’s focus is on Asia and Africa and therefore the foundations of its theories should be presented by Asian or African philosophers (or the diaspora).
“If white philosophers are required, then to teach their work from a critical standpoint. For example, acknowledging the colonial context in which so called “Enlightenment” philosophers wrote within.”
The proposals were put forward as part of a campaign at SOAS to “address the structural and epistemological legacy of colonialism” at the university.
It has long struck the Tendence that such calls do not go far enough.
This statement was written in English, and more importantly, in the Latin alphabet, a legacy of Roman imperialism.
Where, one asks, is their recognition of the import of the Sumerians in addressing the Enlightenment’s problématique?
Were they not present in the Middle East?
Where is the place of cuneiform, a writing system free from Western colonialism?
Where is the recognition given to the important role of Metropolitan thought, notably astrology, in the curriculum?
We propose that SOAS immediately establish a Tablet School in sumerian cuneiform.
Who could be better to introduce the new syllabus than Middle East Expert Tariq Ali?
I signal this on the We are Committed to Voting Labour site.
It has not been removed.
Posted by Abul Monsur “I am a Muslim and will never support a wrong doing of another Muslim or Muslim nation. Religion teaches us to be fair and just to ALL.” says he.
This follows Ian Leask
Criticism of the Rothschilds is starting to be suggested as antisemitic. Presumably by those who don’t like that criticism, and by friends of Israel who like to cover up the horrendous atrocities being undertaken by the Israeli state by branding that criticism as antisemitic too.
Well frankly I don’t give a damn where the Rothschilds come from or what religion they follow, if any, and I’m not drawing any comparison between them and the state of Israel either. All I can see is that the state of Israel is a grotesque terrorist fascist Apartheid Country, and the Rothschilds are obscenely rich and do indeed own personally, if not 80% of the World’s wealth, then an amount grossly out of proportion to their worth to the planet. There’s nothing antisemitic about that. Fuck it. If only these people getting all up tight about screwing things round to be antisemitic when they’re not, would also spend as much energy directing criticism of anti Islamic hate too. But that seems to be mainstream. In a decent society you should not tolerate either, but accept criticism where it is due.I campaign against Racism in any shape or form but when someone or group deserve to be critised for there actions against the morals of sociaty as a whole then I will speak out no matter who that individual or group Is!
Campaign group Hope not Hate is demanding a retraction and an apology from Nigel Farage after he called the organisation “extremist” live on air.
Reports the Huffington Post.
The former Ukip leader made the accusation during an interview with LBC on Tuesday morning.
Hope not Hate was formed in 2004 as a means of countering the rise of far-right groups such as the British National Party (BNP). It describes itself as an organisation seeking “to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism within local communities”.
Hope not Hate said in a statement: “Nigel Farage’s allegations against HOPE not hate on LBC today are a political smear, which is why our lawyers have written to Mr Farage demanding that he retracts and publicly apologises for his remarks, or face further legal action.
“Hope not Hate is a well-respected, civil society organisation whose more than 200,000 supporters come from all political persuasions. They are united by a common desire to combat racism and to do so using lawful, peaceful means.
“That Nigel Farage made his remarks in the context of a discussion about Jo Cox, who was so brutally murdered earlier this year, makes them all the more poisonous and hateful.
“As is well known, Hope not Hate was one of three entities chosen by Jo’s widow, Brendan Cox, as the recipient of donations from the public who wished to show their solidarity with the family.”
Farage also sparked outrage this morning after hitting back at the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, telling the widower that he would “know more about extremists than me”.
The Ukip MEP’s comments come after he said the Berlin terror attack, which left 12 people dead and 48 injured, was “no surprise” as he criticised German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s “legacy”.
Brendan Cox replied to Farage, saying: “Blaming politicians for the actions of extremists? That’s a slippery slope Nigel.”
When asked about Cox’s comments during an interview on LBC this morning, Farage responded: “Yes well of course he would know more about extremists than me, Mr Cox.
“He backs organisations like Hope not Hate who masquerade as being lovely and peaceful but actually pursue violent and very undemocratic means.
“And I’m sorry Mr Cox but it is time people start taking responsibility for what happened. Mrs Merkel has directly caused a whole number of social and terrorist problems in Germany, it’s about time we confronted that truth.”
Many people are outraged at the slur at the memory of Jo Cox.
She was a wonderful person and her memory is deeply cherished.
The sooner Farage goes and ponces full-time for Donald Trump in America the better.
This morning, on LBC radio, former UKIP leader Nigel Farage launched an outrageous attack on us, on Brendan Cox, husband of murdered MP Jo Cox, and by association on everyone who believes in HOPE not hate. Our lawyer has just sent Farage a letter demanding he retracts and publicly apologises or we will begin legal proceedings against him.
Help us take Nigel Farage to court. Please donate.
Hope Not Hate.
Protest at le Pen Interview.
The BBC reports.
France’s far-right leader has told the BBC that Donald Trump’s victory in the US has boosted her own chances of being elected president next year.
Marine Le Pen, who leads the French National Front (FN), said Mr Trump had “made possible what had previously been presented as impossible”.
She is widely expected to reach the second round of the election in May.
Ms Le Pen also held up Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule as model of “reasoned protectionism”.
Her Eurosceptic, anti-immigration party took more than 27% of the vote in regional elections last December but did not get control of any region because mainstream parties worked together to defeat it.
Analysts expect other parties to again rally behind her opponent in the presidential ballot, if she does reach the run-off.
These points stuck out from the broadcast interview (available here).
Welcoming Trump’s elections as part of the emergence of a new world replacing the old order Marine Le Pen claimed it was above all the victory of the People against the Elites and a sign of the emergence of new patriotic movements attached the Nation.
Citing the French refusal of a European constitution (2005 European Referendum, 55% of voters rejecting the treaty on a turnout of 69%), and Brexit, in the light of the Trump win, the leader of the Front National asserted that these were signs that all elections were now becoming referendums against unfettered globalisation.
She asserted that Trump’s triumph made her own advance possible.
Le Pen stated that next April and May two round French Presidential election would offer a decisive choice,of ‘civilisation’ (that is, a whole political and cultural model). This would be between ‘multiculturalism’ on the “anglo saxon” model, in which Islamist fundamentalism is growing, inside a ‘region’ administered by technocrats from the EU, or, by contrast, an opportunity to choose for the creation of an independent nation.
This interview was not welcomed by everybody:
Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s far-right National Front, is to appear on the BBC’s ‘Andrew Marr Show’, according to an announcement by the program’s editor – and social media users are not happy about it.
Already facing criticism for airing the interview on Remembrance Sunday, editor of the show Rob Burley along with presenter Marr defended the move.
BBC defends decision to air interview with Marine Le Pen on Remembrance Sunday
Critics said it was ‘inappropriate’ to give Front National’s Le Pen ‘a platform for fascism’.
We note that le Monde refuses to publish Le Pen’s ‘opinion pieces’ but only objective analyses of her actions and ideology ( Prendre Marine Le Pen aux mots; Pourquoi « Le Monde » ne publie pas de tribune de Marine Le Pen mais choisit de décortiquer en détail sa doctrine politique, pour mettre en lumière ses non-dits. October 2016).
The Independent says,
The leader of France’s far right National Front has said there is not a “hair’s breadth” between it and Ukip.
Marine Le Pen said it was “ridiculous” for Nigel Farage and others in Ukip to pretend otherwise.
Pressed on the BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show about why Ukip refuses to associate itself with the National Front, Ms Le Pen said: “Sorry, no, but objectively, there is, on the topic of immigration and the European Union, there is not a hair’s breadth of difference between what Ukip thinks and what the National Front thinks, let’s be truthful here.
“Maybe Ukip is trying to counter the demonisation they are victim of by saying ‘we are the good guys and the National Front are the bad guys’, they can do so, but I don’t feel obliged to follow this strategy, because, frankly, I feel it’s a little bit ridiculous. “
Ms Le Pen, who has led a number of polls ahead of next spring’s French presidential election, denied that her party is racist, claiming that was a charge from the “elites”.
The far right leader claimed that the rise of nationalism across Europe was not a mirror of the 1930s.
“What doesn’t work is when you impose the same drugs on everyone, when clearly, if you will, the different countries are not suffering from the same disease, or that you want everyone to wear the same suit, but the suit will be too small and too big for everyone, except possibly for Germany, as they tailored it.”
Ms Le Pen predicted her election as French president next year will be the third act of a “global revolution” which has seen Brexit and Donald Trump’s seizure of the White House shake the world.
The National Front lender defended her party borrowing money from Russian banks as she praised Vladimir Putin.
She said his model of politics is “one of reasoned protectionism, looking after the interests of his country, defending his identity”.
Ms Le Pen blamed the EU and US for destabilising Europe and behaving aggressively towards Russia.
Much has been made of Marine Le Pen’s stand on Islam.
Her latest campaign however is against uncontrolled immigration, ‘privileged’ migrants and asylum seekers which clearly resembles said UKIP and its fellow travellers in the British media (Les intox du FN sur les « privilèges » des migrants face aux Français).
No opinion poll gives Marine Le Pen a chance of becoming French President – yet.