More notes on ultra-leftism and softcore negationism
AGT also notes some problematic texts written by [Gilles] Dauvé (including under the pseudonym Jean Barrot), such as “Fascism/Anti-Fascism” and “The perplexities of the Middle Eastern conflict” (the latter just added to the Libcom archive), as well as Amadeo Bordiga’s “Auschwitz ou le grand alibi” (“Auschwitz or the great alibi”, 1960), published by French ultra-leftists. These texts cannot be described, in Deborah Lipstadt’s terms, as “hardcore” Holocaust revisionism. However, they arguably do constitute a form of “softcore” denialism. Crucially, the “critique” of anti-fascism developed by Dauvé and Bordiga has been taken up by a number of small far right groups who fish in the murky waters of anti-authoritarian “anti-Zionism”, such as those around Pacifica Forum and Palestine Think Tank.
Some resources on Pacifica Forum: Wikipedia article. Recent news: Pacifica Forum Speaker Celebrates National Socialism, The Pacifica Forum is Full of Terrible People, Pacifica Forum draws campus protest. Polemics: More on Israel and Anti-Semitism. (Older material: Slack bastard, Adam Holland, Respectful Insolence.)
Jay Knott is also published by the website of the London-based former ultra-leftist group Wildcat, one of the groups to publish Jean Barrot‘s “Fascism/Anti-Fascism” in English, who seem to have gone the way of La Vielle Taupe. Against Sleep and Nightmare note:
For the last few years, as they, themselves admit, Wildcat has pursued a political trajectory which no longer relates to a communist position. For this reason, I have removed their texts from this server. I do not know if they have relocated to other parts of the web. If they send me a link, I may include it here.
Continuing to delve into this territory, I came across Palestine Mon Amour [pdf] by Alfredo M. Bonanno. I was already ill-disposed towards him for his insurrectionary brand of anarchism, which I see as voluntarist and nihilist. However, this text, published by Elephant Editions and distributed by AK, is especially dodgy.
Although it has some commendable, insightful and intelligent stuff in it, it is marked by antisemitic stereotype, e.g. “the Jewish lobby” (p.67), “The mental rigidity of the Jews, their vision of life based on religious righteousness that sees the rest of the world as impure or sinful, has often put such sympathies to the test” (p.6, “Even Jews themselves don’t consider themselves a race, but they do indeed believe that they are something separate. Try to say that Jews are the same as everybody else and you will see.” (p.54), “Hebraism, by comparison, has become a more and more spiritual and interiorised religion with a strong symbolic element that allows political groupings to flourish alongside it, stamping them with its surly fundamentalist totalitarianism.” (p.55.-6).
Well, that’s enough of that.
Note: additional debate and materials here.
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Tags: Against Sleep and Nightmare, Alfredo Bonanno, Alfredo M. Bonanno, Amadeo Bordiga, Elephant Editions, Gilad Atzmon, Gilles Dauve, holocaust denial, insurrectionary anarchism, Jay Knott, Jean Barrot, La Vielle Taupe, Mary Rizzo, Pacifica Forum, Wildcat