Sunday, February 20, 2022

Avant-Garde is Kitsch

updating for fun. More piss. more vinegar, more comedy (Walid Jumblatt)

The below because one of the globalized subaltern academic "leftists" was mourning Bersani's death. 
And the same people mourning the author of Homos, now support arguments that claim homosexuality as such, most specifically lesbianism, is the equivalent of racism.

David Halperin reviews Homos, in the LRB in 1996
Bersani begins magnificently. ‘No one wants to be called a homosexual.’ 
Remember that Halperin is the author of How to be Gay.
And "Jack" Halberstam wrote The Queer art of Failure.

Dale Peck, Leo Bersani  Bersani is dead.
You also discuss sex in terms of the “pleasure in being the lowest of the low.”

New Republic magazine pulls down homophobic op-ed

"Susan Sontag divides her essay 'Fascinating Fascism' into two parts, two ‘exhibits’, the first attacking Leni Riefenstahl for lying about her past, and the second defending the fascist theatricality of the 70s demimonde as merely aesthetic game-playing." It doesn't work 

[jumping ahead: MLA 2005, "The Antisocial Thesis in Queer Theory"]

Self-hated is the foundation of fascism. Self-hatred directed outward: the Catholic Integralists and faggots disgusted by the fact that most people don't know enough to hate themselves.

There's this clock in Hell that chimes every hour, You will never get out . . . you will never get out . . . you will never get out."

 "Why, of course, the people don't want war," Goering shrugged. "Why would some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best that he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece. Naturally, the common people don't want war; neither in Russia nor in England nor in America, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy or a fascist dictatorship or a Parliament or a Communist dictatorship." 

Richard Grenell, Peter Thiel,

On and on it goes. If you inter-railed across Europe, only stopping with gay fascists, there aren't many sights you'd miss. France's leading post-war fascist was Edouard Pfieffer, who was not batting for the straight side. Germany's leading neo-Nazi all through the eighties was called Michael Kuhnen; he died of AIDS in 1991 a few years after coming out. Martin Lee, author of a study of European fascism, explains, "For Kuhnen, there was something supermacho about being a Nazi, as well as being a homosexual, both of which enforced his sense of living on the edge, of belonging to an elite that was destined to make an impact. He told a West German journalist that homosexuals were 'especially well-suited for our task, because they do not want ties to wife, children and family.'" 

And it wouldn't be long before your whistlestop tour arrived in Britain. At first glance, our Nazis seem militantly straight. They have tried to disrupt gay parades, describe gay people as "evil", and BNP leader Nick Griffin reacted charmingly to the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in 1999 with a column saying, "The TV footage of gay demonstrators [outside the scene of carnage] flaunting their perversion in front of the world's journalists showed just why so many ordinary people find these creatures repulsive." 

But scratch to homophobic surface and there's a spandex swastika underneath. In 1999, Martin Webster, a former National Front organiser and head honcho in the British fascist movement, wrote a four-page pamphlet detailing his 'affair' with Nick Griffin. "Griffin sought out intimate relations with me," openly-gay Webster explained, "in the late 1970s. He was twenty years younger than me." Ray Hill, who infiltrated the British fascist movement for twelve years to gather information for anti-fascist groups, says it's all too plausible. Homosexuality is "extremely prevalent" in the upper echelons of the British far right, and at one stage in the 1980s nearly half of the movement's organisers were gay, he claims. 

Click on the Peck/Bersani link and everything that pops up will tell the same story, of the centrality of self-hatred to homosexuality. Now think of claims for the centrality of self-hatred for women and Jews. Jews of course means Ashkenazim: "The anti-Semites will become our most dependable friends, the anti-Semitic countries our allies."

"Céline is my Proust"

I've said it all before.

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