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(en) France, Union Communiste Libertaire AL #297 - uan Branco: Bourgeois imposture and demagogic porridge (fr, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Mon, 16 Sep 2019 08:51:38 +0300

Parisian petit bourgeois, close to society, Juan Branco strives to divide the oppressed to weaken struggles. His favorite weapon: confusionism and compromise with the extreme right. ---- The author of the Twilight pamphlet , often cited as revealing corruption in the highest spheres of the state, is a personality that has emerged from the movement of yellow vests. Coming from the Parisian petty bourgeoisie, Juan Branco rubs shoulders with film and political personalities early in his career. ---- If he was able to send us these " revelations ", it is because he was part of this world, integrated it and participated in its reinforcement, according to his own writings. That a bourgeois tells us the " secrets " of a power in which he participated does not make him an ally of the social camp. And his presence in various media, including extreme right, raises issues like his contemptuous attitude vis-à-vis people and organizations in struggle.

The interview he gives to Denis Robert (director of the Media and author of the preface to Twilight ) is talking about the bad faith of the character and his contempt. He asked him about the cancellation of his tour in the south of France. Several political organizations in Toulouse had alerted about the questionable interview in the Incorrect (newspaper close to Marion Maréchal) in February. SOUTH Education Mirail, who invited him, had chosen to maintain the event by asking for clarifications. The answer was to cancel.

Bad faith and class contempt
In the interview with the Media, he returns to this event by insulting the union and organizations of struggles " useful idiots " and " relay words of power . " It is justified: " these people,[...]are afraid of the loss of purity and are panicked at the thought of finding themselves in a situation where we could say they are compromised " . How to accept this argument when it is precisely the compromise of the leaders with the capitalist powers that Juan Branco denounces ? Should not he rejoice in our vigilance with regard to compromises with the extreme right ?

Juan Branco illustrates the strategy of division and manipulation operated by the bourgeoisie and its allies. Far-right ideas would be a problem only because they would divert the people from the real enemy: finance and the oligarchy. The objective of this transversal populism would be to address the popular electorate to bring it back into the fold of the left of government.

Always according to this strategy, it would be necessary to discuss with those who vote on the extreme right by reorienting their hatred of the others towards the oligarchy, the 1%, notions which have no reality in a reading of class, or can maintain Antisemitic and conspiracy fantasies. It completely masks the state and capitalist system that produces structures of power and wealth grabbing. It infantilises, fuels confusion, blurs class markers and politics. With what results ? Fifteen years that this transversal populism gangrenes the currents of the moderate left and yet, capitalism is always more fierce, the inequalities are widening and the oppression continues to grow.

Fascists are everywhere, and far right scores have never been so high since the end of the Second World War. Although he is not responsible for this state of affairs, Juan Branco, who propagates and applies this strategy, only weakens emancipation struggles by dividing the oppressed.

Aiphix (UCL Toulouse and around)

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