Tuesday, September 09, 2008

I said I wouldn't say anything else about Jenna Delich...

... but I just saw this at Tony Greenstein's blog:
Ms Delich, quite inadvertently, posted a short message on the activist list of the University & College Union [UCU] which referred to an article written in 2006 by Joe Quinn The article ‘Racism, not Defence, at the heart of Israeli politics was, as are many things that people on the Left write, purloined by ex-Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and white supremacist, David Duke. It is an unfortunate fact that the far-right, having few ideas of their own, often steal articles of their opponents to bolster their own academic credentials.
Two things struck me here. Trivially, I am not sure how you "quite inadvertently" post something.

More importantly, the far right "purloin" things from the far left not to "bolster their academic credentials" but only when far leftists say things that bolster their worldview. In other words, if you take a consistent line against all forms of racial thinking and against conspiracy theories, then you are unlikely to find your words purloined by the far right. However, if you constantly attack Israel in racist language, or suggest that a Jewish world conspiracy was responsible for the 9/11 attacks then, yes, you might find your articles purloined by the Klan.

1 comment:

fleshisgrass said...

I'm glad you wrote this postscript. I'd fallen into the trap of considering the linking to David Duke as separate from linking to Joe Quinn. At any rate, that's what has been said on the UCU Activist List and by people like Jim Jepps, Noah Tuck, Derek Wall, and TG. Perhaps for Jenna the piece and its host site are separate matters, but for David Duke and Joe Quinn it's important to understand that it's no coincidence that article appeared on that site.