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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #237 - Perspective: Freedom of expression ... but still? (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Mon, 07 Apr 2014 07:00:17 +0300


The recent decision of the Council of State to prohibit, very tentatively, shows Dieudonné has raised the question of freedom of expression and freedom in general. Freedom of expression is obviously a fundamental freedom for which anarchists have always fought. But on condition that define the freedom of expression. ---- The word "freedom" is a very ambiguous concept. For example, there is for us an insurmountable contradiction between the "free enterprise" of the employer imposing - via subordination - class domination on employee-es and the desire for "social freedom "Employee-es. In short, if freedom is our absolute, we do not stand for much all about and all acts that disguise themselves under the banner of freedom. ---- When Bakunin wrote that "the freedom of others extends mine infinitely" , he clearly laid the limits of what freedom is. When a person commits an act or words that violate the fundamental rights of others it is not an act of freedom. Nor is there any freedom to kill, there is freedom to make comments detrimental to the dignity of others ... In short, there is no right or freedom to express about racist.

Also, if anarchism is primarily a struggle for "freedom," it is not so far to claim a right to do everything and anything. Freedom is inseparable from the struggle for political and economic equality of all human beings.

Agree to penalize racist

To return to Dieudonné, we obviously can not support the right to freedom of expression of its racist. We disagree with him that "right". However, should we applaud the ban on some of his shows?

Because for us it is not the exercise of a right, it is only necessary to measure the consequences of these decisions of "justice": - firstly, whether these prohibitions shows focused financial blow to business Dieudonné - what we like well - they have done nothing to detract Semitism propagated by Dieudonné. Instead, they have reinforced this sense of injustice with the "double standard" that would be favorable to the Zionists and they have strengthened the support of its public Dieudonné. It can continue to play the victim of the system! - If we condemn racism and its expression, if we do not challenge the criminalization of racist, sexist or homophobic, we also know that this penalty is primarily a cautery on a wooden leg. Especially when the "reminder of the law" is made by Manuel Valls, who made remarks at least as a racist Dieudonné and practice racism in such acts vis-à-vis the Roma. Roma also suffered a genocide during the Second World War, which is often forgotten.

The challenge is also

This is not the ban shows that Dieudonné problem for us. But that's because it solves nothing and it serves as a distraction from the government increasingly rejected its policy for employers. And we are worried about this "law" created by the Council of State which could be extended to other subjects: justifying a restriction on freedom of expression by "attacks on the dignity of the human person" , without specifying what we mean, could lead to ban anything.

Jacques Dubart (AL Agen)
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