Wednesday, August 31, 2011

DSK and "the Jews"

The CSA has sanctioned a radio station, Sud Radio, for repeatedly asking listeners the question, "Is DSK supported by the Jews?" (More details here.) A more pertinent question today might be, "Is DSK supported by the Socialists?" With party leader Martine Aubry in the lead, most party stalwarts seem to be backing away from their initial "relief" and "joy" at DSK's liberation, as they begin to take stock of the ways in which his return to France, now scheduled for Sunday morning, complicates the Socialist primary.

NPA: The End Is Nigh?

Mediapart looks at the NPA, which is now apparently split between two factions, one of which believes that the Final Crisis of Capitalism is upon us, that a revolutionary situation is at hand, and that therefore ... the workers of the world must unite in opposition to the Front de Gauche led by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, whereas the other half thinks that its bit of the extreme left ought to be represented in the presidential voting and therefore wants to support Mélenchon.
Parmi eux, Ingrid Hayes, membre du comité exécutif, et «entre rage et inquiétude». D'ordinaire mesurée devant la presse, elle fait cette fois claquer les mots. «Il y a un aspect de gâchis dont j'ai du mal à me remettre. Et une inquiétude parce que ce qui est engagé, c'est la possibilité de survie du courant dans lequel je me suis engagée il y a dix ans», dit-elle d'emblée.
Elle enchaîne: «La seule fonction de la candidature de Philippe Poutou est d'installer une majorité sectaire à la tête du NPA, avec des courants révolutionnaristes hostiles au projet initial du NPA. Ils veulent faire autre chose: un énième groupuscule d'extrême gauche qui essaie de rassembler les courants trotskistes. Cette candidature est aux antipodes de ce qu'on avait tenté de faire et je ne vois pas sa fonctionnalité politique: elle ne sert à rien; il y a déjà Lutte ouvrière.»

Courants révolutionnaristes! First time I've encountered that adjective, and I'm not sure how I'd translate it into English: "revolutionarist" would be a mouthful to pronounce, let alone unpack ideologically. But just as there is a pejorative nuance between "Trotskyist" and "Trotskyite," I guess there is now a derogatory distinction between "revolutionary" and "revolutionarist." Or perhaps, from the revolutionarist perspective, one should call the other faction the "revolutionarites." Or revolutionaries lite.

So You Want to Marry a French Peasant

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