Charlie Hebdo Redux

January 29, 2015 at 10:45 pm (Uncategorized)

A lot of ink has been spilled since the January 7, 2015 attack on the offices and staff of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Probably nothing I’ll write here will add to what else has been written, but it’s interesting to see the number of threads which have dominated the discussion.

The National Unity Drive: Hardly has the events taken place when the empty “freedom of speech” calls began: For France! For Secularism! For Freedom of Speech! Yeah, yeah, lots of talk about democracy and puppies and stuff. It’s fairly revolting to see how quickly states began to move on this. One did love-in for democracy. Hey even countries that don’t love, er, democracy get to get in on the act.

The Inside Job Thesis:  On one discussion list I’m on, the discussion almost immediately devolved into a discussion of the “inside job” thesis (albeit with little evidence beyond the dropping of an identity card) and from there into the 911 conspiracy theories.  A bottomless hole since every piece of “evidence” is presented as the hand of the state and things which cannot be answered as counted as suppressed truths. To suggest that two people can keep a secret if one of them is dead is to over simplify, but for many of the alleged state conspiracies (which would require a significant number of people to carry out), the fact that no one has broken ranks seems unlikely. (Please don’t email me with “proofs” – it’s fool’s gold)

The What Else in the World question: At the same time as a number of well-armed thugs murdered the staff of a now very well-known magazine, a significantly larger and better armed but no less murderous gang in Africa were eliminating perhaps 2,000 people. Did Boko Haram warrant the same coverage? What was that line in Orwell all massacres are equal, but some massacres are more equal than others.

Internationalist Perspective has two articles on our blog dealing with this issue.

Is Everybody Charlie Now?

The Capitalist State and Islamism: The dangers and their Social and Political Origins  

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