Mashed Up (Marxists, Islamists, Nazis)

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The demos across continental Europe, particularly France and including Germany have pulled together a very strange “multitude” consisting of neo-Nazis, anti-imperialists, secular Baathists, and Islamic fundamentalists. Antisemitism mashed up with anti-Zionism mashed up with a critique of West society mashed up with a critique of capitalism mashed up with God mashed up with power and powerlessness would be the cement that holds this assemblage together. While decrying violence, Judith Butler once said that she could see how Hezbollah is part of “the global left.” Just a little off context, this video clip from Berlin, which you can see here, suggests one way this ideological mixing has ended up looking. For a pushback within the Palestine advocacy community, this bit of anti anti-Semitism by Yasmeen Serhan, whom you can read here, is an important reminder. This piece, which you can read here, by Robert Zaretsky is excellent.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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3 Responses to Mashed Up (Marxists, Islamists, Nazis)

  1. Mordy says:

    From the video it appears that the mashup just ends up looking Islamist.

    I’ve long suspected that post-colonialism in the left (or, more generally, anti-Westernism) was a dodge/retreat after the totalizing/hegemonic success of capitalism. It is much easier to fight capitalism on cultural grounds than economic grounds (since the former is malleable and adaptable and the latter seems permanently affixed to globalized society). But in doing so, the left basically abdicates any kind of legitimate liberalism, especially when the anti-colonialism ends up targeting more liberal Western countries in favor of illiberal totalitarian governments. It’s a shame.

    • dmf says:

      for better or worse the post-colonialists tend to be Marxists (google “neoliberalism”) so they are still addressing economics just not offering anything substantial in the ways of alternatives that will garner any widespread support.

  2. The chanting in the Berlin demonstration is terrifying – from Allahu Akbar to “Jew, Jew, cowardly pig, come out and fight alone.”

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