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(en) France, UCL AL #315 = Culture, Read: Zetkin Collective, "Fossil fascism" (ca, de, it, pt)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 8 May 2021 09:54:17 +0300

The anti-fascist struggle is an ecological struggle, and not only because getting rid of fascists is good for our political and social environment, but because there is a visceral link between the defense of fossil fuels and racist policies, warmongers, nationalists and authoritarians peculiar to fascism. ---- This is the thesis of the Zetkin Collective (tribute to Clara Zetkin, Marxist activist and feminist author of one of the first studies on fascism in 1923), a group of scientists and activists who in 2019 created the first international conference on political ecologies of the extreme right. ---- Starting from the observation of the simultaneity between the rise of the extreme right and the disruption of the climate, the Zetkin collective seeks to see if behind this concomitance there would be any causality and tracks down the links, historical and present, between the extreme right and the climate issue.

Black gold and white race
The authors first analyze the current conjunctures of climate and nationalist policies. Two patterns emerge: a virulent nationalist climate-skepticism in Bolsonaro sauce and, on the contrary, like the True Finns party, a recognition of the climate crisis which conveniently reinforces their racism, the white nation constituting according to their speech the best shield to face it.

In the second part, the authors seek to make sense of all this by engaging in a climate-political modeling exercise that is based on a comparison of the discourses and policies of current far-right movements with their classic European form of the interwar period. On the one hand, it emerges that whitewashing and hydrocarbons have gone hand in hand for a long time, that there is a structural link between racist colonial policy and the exploitation of oil. Beyond the colonial aspect, the authors assert that "the climate policy of the extreme right has developed in conjunction with certain persistent material interests of the dominant classes".

This book therefore calls for vigilance. If it is not possible to describe the future, we can, in the light of what the authors of the link between climate-skeptical policies and the extreme right present to us, imagine that the abandonment of fossil fuels will not happen. will not do without violent and brutal confrontations. Far from being a new struggle whose universal character would abolish national and social borders, which the authors characterize as a "post-political" illusion , the struggle for the climate comes into direct opposition with class interests whose he extreme right, who intends to take advantage of it, will always pose as a defender.

David (UCL Grand Paris Sud)

Zetkin Collective, Fossil Fascism. The far right, energy, climate (coordinated by Andreas Malm), translated from English by Lise Benoist, La Fabrique, October 2020, 368 pages.

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