Re: [ox-en] The Ideology of Free Culture and the Grammar of Sabotage
- From: Stefan Meretz <stefan.meretz hbv.org>
- Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 22:05:31 +0100
On 2008-02-19 13:21, graham wrote:
strands, a logical one, and what I originally thought was an
independent rhetorical one, concentrating on creating a mood. This
mood was fascist, in fact the whole technique is quite typically
I don't think so.
it was presumably intended to be provocative, and succeeded
in being so. And specifically intended to be provocative to
'digitalist' groups like oekonux, 'the grey accomplice of a parasitic
Provocation is not always bad, however, in this context not very
Any honest and sane person would clearly see that there is nothing
anti-semitic about Matteo's article, which makes it clear that
Stefan is neither.
Although anti-semitism is a specific case of the attitude described
above, I saw nothing specifically anti-semitic in the paper. What I
did not realise, until reading Stefan Mn's reply, was quite how far
the logical theme of the paper was permeated by the same attitude as
the rhetorical one.
This permeation of special rhetorics, of special stereotypes, of
recurring images is what StefanMn names "antisemitic structure" or IMHO
more precisely "structural anti-semitism". It is not anti-semitism, it
reproduces some typical structural elements which are common in
anti-semitic discourse. This difference is very important and must not
However, quite often the word "structural" gets lost in the perception,
want remains is the word "anti-semitism" being understood as a personal
offense. At this point debates always end.
Maybe the high sensitivity on anti-semitism is special in germany due to
history, but it isn't only a german thing. Anti-semitism is a worldwide
Strutural anti-semitism is a big danger, and none of us is free of
using stereotypes. It would be good to be able reminding us mutually in
a friendly atmosphere.
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