Tuesday, 2 May 2017

"Anti-racism will be for the 21st century what communism was for the 20th century, a source of violence"

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This very important interview with French philosopher Alain Finkielkraut from 2005 was taken down from the Haaretz website, but has now been put back and is (always, it seems) very topical. Alain Finkielkraut later made a reluctant apology for his remarks.

"But I think that the lofty idea of `the war on racism' is gradually turning into a hideously false ideology. And this anti-racism will be for the 21st century what communism was for the 20th century. A source of violence. Today, Jews are attacked in the name of anti-racist discourse: the separation fence, `Zionism is racism.'
"It's the same thing in France. One must be wary of the `anti-racist' ideology. Of course, there is a problem of discrimination. There's a xenophobic reflex, that's true, but the portrayal of events as a response to French racism is totally false. Totally false."

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