Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Leftists Who Support Dieudonné
An interesting reportage in Le Monde. I won't attempt to psychoanalyze the remarks of these young fans of Dieudonné who describe themselves variously as left republicans, pro-free speech, anti-communitarian, etc. Some of them echo remarks made by commenters on this blog. Clearly they are not impressed by the argument that Dieudonné is a dangerous bigot, and just as clearly the repression of the comedian's performances promised by Manuel Valls will not put an end to the critique of the status quo offered by his fans. It will only conceal their complaints, which to my mind is more dangerous than airing them. To the extent that one of the chief complaints of the Dieudonné cult is the (I believe false) allegation that their views have been suppressed (rather than refuted as they deserve to be), the best response is to air them fully. I think Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. had it right: "The mind of a bigot is like the pupil of the eye. The more light you shine on it, the more it will contract."