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Islamism and left apologetics

In Blätter für deutsche und internationale Politik, Cinzia Sciuto argues that accusations of Islamophobia have served to suppress debate concerning the rapid risk posed by an exclusory type of Islam in Europe. Social and financial drawback and actual racism can’t function an excuse for an anti-democratic and anti-secular ideology, Sciuto writes.

Though far much less widespread than its integrative equal, exclusory Islam – i.e. an Islam based on the rejection of majority society – succeeds in monopolizing the general public discourse. ‘The visibility and the political weight of secular Muslims in western societies remains to be small. Which means rather more conservative Islamic associations convey themselves into play and declare to be the representatives of all Muslims.’ Integrative, secular Muslims are complicit insofar as they settle for this, argues Sciuto.

‘Social processes are all the time the results of interaction between structural circumstances and subjective motion. It’s due to this fact important that secular Muslims participate, change into seen, reveal and start to affect public discourse. It’s not about distancing oneself from one thing, however about claiming a public and cultural area that can in any other case be appropriated by extra militant representatives, who’re nearly all the time extra conservative and reactionary. It’s about cultivating the widespread good, about (re)gaining cultural hegemony, about taking accountability, being half of a bigger neighborhood.’

Left apologetics

For Pascal Bruckner, it’s the left that should look at its conscience after the most recent atrocities. Bruckner accuses outstanding French leftists together with Alain Badiou, Michel Onfray, Edwy Plenel and Edgar Morin for deludedly imagining that radical Islamism stands with the left in opposition to capitalism.

‘For the left, solidarity with Muslims is solely one other follow which to beat bourgeois society, which they’re unable to destroy. This shift throughout the left goes again to the overthrow of the Shah in 1979 and 1980, which was the place the matrix for our present blindness originated.’

Right this moment, in keeping with Bruckner, class battle is cloaked in a discourse of victimhood: ‘The murderers on the pavements have been those who have been traumatized, whereas the purchasers mown down within the bars have been the privileged. The conclusion is clear: that the victims have been murderers with out figuring out it, and the murderers the unlucky victims.’

Germany’s ‘Querdenker’

Blätter editor Annett Mängel on the minority of medical doctors and scientists who play down the risks of corona: ‘The concept we have now to “be taught to dwell with the virus” is not any reply to the present escalation of the pandemic … There isn’t a approach we will defend high-risk teams once we don’t all defend ourselves.’ And political scientist Michael Blume on why Germany’s corona debate is polarized not alongside East-West strains, however North-South ones: from Baden to Saxony, there’s a deep-seated scepticism in direction of authority and science.

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