The intelligentsia: yesterday as today, guard dog of the established order by Mesloub Khider


«Yes, gentlemen, it is the war between the rich and the poor: the rich have wanted it in this way; they are indeed the aggressors. Only they consider as a harmful action the fact that the poor oppose a resistance. They would say, speaking of the people: this animal is so ferocious that it defends itself when it is attacked. Louis-Auguste Blanqui – 1805-1881.

Decidedly, the story stutters. And the intelligentsia is still noisily suppressing his contempt for the people. His hatred against the working classes is always repelled with such repugnance, especially in this period of popular uprisings. Intellectuals, those parasites with the venal elitist pen, have no other social utility than to weave laurels to their masters (the ruling classes) and to stand up against the people. With the revolt of the movement of yellow vests, the media and intellectuals, these voices of their masters, reveal, with emphatic rhetorical barking and in a lexicon biting for the people and licked for the powerful, their role as Guardian Dog of the established order. Their inveterate aversion to the people. Their pavlovian proclivity to put themselves at the service of the ruling classes.

For two months now, journalists and intellectuals engage in a overstatement of resentful propaganda against the yellow vests movement, competing ingeniously for denaturing, discrediting, insulting them. To distill against them the worst calumnies. 

Last ingenious initiative by Zionist billionaire Bernard-Henri Lévy: publish a tribune with the evocative title «Europe is in danger». In less hypocritical terms, capitalism is in peril. As an inveterate advocate of capital, in this text, this salon literary hack is alarmed by the emergence of populism, in other words, social movements struggling in Europe, including the movement of yellow vests, disdainfully labeled as racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic. In his crusade against the «anti-system» popular movements, Mr. BHL debauched some thirty famous writers to carry out his propaganda and slanderous campaign against the revolted peoples. Driven by this calamitous philosopher to the thought dripping vampiric blood and nourished by macabre activities on the back of successful financial operations, these writers call to mobilize against the populist «wave» that threatens the outcome of the elections of next May. In other words, which threatens the stability of the privileged of Europe. More recently in a TV show. 

We are not in bed”, BHL criticised the Yellow Vest movement, calling it as “mortiferous” movement and its defenders as “populists who are the profiteers of despair, misery, to break down the Republic and attack the institutions”. Translation: to attack capitalism».

Thus, on the occasion of the emergence of this mass movement of yellow vests, the intelligentsia has unveiled its true function of servile intellectual auxiliary of the ruling class. Journalists, intellectuals and members of the ruling class, all this official mafia, have banded together to pound the yellow movement. The journalists, with informative projections insidiously anti movement yellow vests; the power, with disabled ballistic projectiles; the intellectuals, with plans for the mobilization of the army and the incitement of the police to use their weapon against yellow vests. 

Moreover, another intellectual, Luc Ferry, brother of BHL, professor of philosophy and former minister, made the headlines by summoning the police to use their weapons. Luc Ferry asked the police to fire live ammunition at the Yellow Vests during the demonstrations. «They use their weapons once, that’s enough», he said in a radio show called «Free Spirits». (This is not invented, free spirits … to slaughter the people when they rebel against their slavery). But also by urging the army to intervene against the movement of yellow vests. In other words, to crush this movement in the blood. «We have the fourth army of the world, it is able to put an end to these crap», he exclaimed furiously. 

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The genocidal denunciation of yellow jackets by Luc Ferry is not the delirium of a  misguided, psychopathic spirit. But the deep thought of these «fFee spirits», the majority of this decadent intelligentsia, and its masters, the bourgeois ruling class. The latter, unable to implement  other policies to protect its privileges, including the «redistribution of wealth», not in this time of systemic crisis,

intends formally  to use the mass repression to stem the revolt of Yellow vests. The remainder, in the emergency, it shielded its repressive regime by the vote of despotic laws. In addition, the budget allocated to state repression has increased aggressively.

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In fact, spending on equipment and materials by the police and gendarmerie «grew by 181% between 2012 and 2017, from 132.4 million euros to more than 372». The budget of the army and the police is the only one not to know the crisis. 

This hateful tone of the elite against the people is strangely reminiscent of the writers of the time of the Commune, who were enraged against the Communist revolt movement. Indeed, historically, this spill of hatred against the revolted people has already occurred during the Paris Commune.  .

The Commune is this historical event where the Parisian people seized power. Indeed, from March 18 to May 21, 1871, power was concentrated in the hands of the people. During this revolutionary phase, the Commune ruled in the city of Paris. The Commune organized the society in the sole interest of the people. It was the first workers’ state, the first experience of the «dictatorship of the proletariat». During this ephemeral period of power-taking by the people, the ruling class, having taken refuge in Versailles, deployed all the deadly means to recover the reins of its power. Until compromising with Bismarck’s Germany, the day before still fought on the battlefields. 

The Paris Commune  immediately  gave rise to vehement reactions. All that mattered in France of writers and intellectuals manifested for the movement and its actors a murderous hatred. Any resemblance to the contemporary intelligentsia unleashed against the movement of yellow vests is fortuitous. Very useful. 


Against the Paris Commune, the bourgeoisie, frightened by the mischief of the social order, immediately found an ally of weight: the literary intelligentsia, which put its venal pen in the service of the ruling classes. In a burst of sacred class union, the majority of writers joined the bourgeoisie to lambate the Paris Commune, to defeat the revolutionaries. The Commune of Paris immediately unleashed, in these literary men, a truck of insults and falsifications.  

With the notable exception of Jules Vallès, Arthur Rimbaud, Paul Verlaine, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, partisans of the Commune, and partially of Victor Hugo who kept a certain neutrality, all the writers of the time were welded in an inexpiable hatred against the communards. These writers vehemently defeated the Paris revolution, «government of crime and madness» (Anatole France). 


Beyond their political differences, all these writers dipped their venomous feathers in the sanguinolent versaillais inkstand to eructe their bellicose murderous hostility against the Commune, to call for the massacre of communards. They turned their feathers into bayonets. 

From all social backgrounds, from conservative writers such as Maxime Du Camp and Gustave Flaubert, to royalists like Alphonse Daudet, Count de Gobineau, Ernest Renan, Countess de Segur, Taine and many others, to the reactionaries Leconte de  Lisle  and Théophile Gautier, all these writers exchanged their salon costume for the mercenary uniform at the service of Versailles. 


In addition to these writers of the old regime, the plumitives of republican obedience, such as François Coppée, Anatole France, George Sand, Émile Zola, were added to the cannonade against the Commune to name only the most famous.
 In spite of some nuances in their anticommunard hysterical diatribes, the denunciation of the Communards was unanimously shared by all these writers (today still published, taught at school). Among the most virulent zealous propagandists, some joined  the leader of the executive power Thiers at Versailles to assist him in his preparations for the repression. 

In their violent anti-communards campaigns, these writers poured into a hatefully murderous verbal excess, filled with class prejudices. All this literary genius shared in an aristocratic aversion of the working classes. For these intellectual parasites the working classes were above all dangerous classes. For these reactionary plumitives, the Commune is the work of the «rabble«, of the «populace «, «moved by envy» (Macron was at school with demeaning terms against yellow vests called «hateful crowd«).  

Moreover, they compared the proletariat to a «harmful race«, the workers to «rabid beasts«, to «new barbarians» threatening the «civilization». The Communards were decked out with all the frightening qualifiers: «brigands«, «barbarians«, «Redskins«, «cannibals«.
 

Undoubtedly, it is most historical importance to recall the bloody outcome of the Paris Commune. Indeed, from May 22 to May 28, 1871, the Commune was repressed in the blood by the troops of Versailles. Assessment of this «bloody week»: nearly 30,000 dead, 42,000 arrests, 10,000 

deportations (among the deportees sent into the prisons of the New Caledonia include the famous revolutionary Louise Michel, who became friends with many ‘Kabyle Algerians also interned in these Caledonian bagnes following the revolt of the Mokrani, monumental insurrection against the French colonial power, which occurred in Algeria on March 16, 1871, two days before the outbreak of the Commune of Paris.

The bourgeoisie, scarred by the fear of its probable disappearance, scandalized by the audacity of the people to have taken the orders of the power, to have  broken  the bases of the system, made dearly pay, for the example, this  Revolutionary «heresy» to the communards. Edmond de Goncourt was not deceived in hisvillainous apologetic verdict when he wrote: «the heavy losses like this one, by killing the warring part of a population, adjourns the new revolution with a conscription.

It is twenty years of rest that the old society has before it«. As for Gustave Flaubert, for his part the repression was not cruel enough, because he felt» that the whole Commune should have been

condemned to the galleys, and forced the bloody idiots to clear the ruins of Paris, with chains around their necks, in simple convicts. But that would have hurt humanity. One is tender for mad dogs, and not for those whom they have bitten«. His comments could have been written or spoken by Bernard Henry Levy or Luc Ferry and the majority of intellectuals and contemporary journalists.


Thus, all the writers have lent their support to the bloody regime of Versailles. Have approved this bloody repression. 

For this intellectual spawn, the Paris Commune has favored the emergence of an unbridled imagination hatefully anti-worker. Indeed, this intellectual elite wrote in a reactionary prose incendiary texts enamelled animal, medical metaphors, to the degrading dripping connotation of class contempt; has used  terms  hérissed fears and terrors own to arouse among the public fear and terror.  

For the majority of these writers, the Commune is the expression of a  biological congenital imperfection, of a moral depravity. The Commune is the illustration of «the struggle of good against evil, civilization against barbarism, order against anarchy, intelligence against stupidity, head against stomach, duty against selfishness, from work against laziness, from the elite against the popular breed«

Here is an anthology of the texts of these rabid writers  engaged against the Commune. 

«That humanity is a dirty and disgusting brood! That the people are stupid! It is an eternal race of slaves who can not live without a pack and without a yoke. So it will not be for him that we will fight again, but for our sacred ideal. Let him die of hunger and cold, this easy-to-deceive people who will soon begin to slaughter his true friends!», asserts  Leconte  de  Lisle. 

Elsewhere, concerning communards, Leconte de l’Isle denounces: «this league of all the declassed, of all the incapable, f all the envious, of all the assassins, of all the thieves, bad poets, failed journalists, novelists of low floor«. Whereas Alphonse Daudet rather sees «pawns heads, dirty collars, shiny hair». For Anatole France, the Communards are only «a committee of assassins, a gang of rascals, a government of crime and insanity«.    

Ernest Feydeau states that «it is no longer barbarism that threatens us, it is not even the savagery that invades us, it is bestiality pure and simple«. Theophile Gautier agrees: the Communards are «ferocious animals», «hyenas» and «gorillas«, who «spread through the frightened city with savage howls«. 

With medical metaphors, the Commune was, according to Maxime Du Camp «a fit of furious envy and social epilepsy«, and according to Émile Zola «a crisis of unhealthy nervousness«, «an epidemic fever exaggerating fear as trust, releasing the unbridled human beast, at the slightest breath«.  

In a paternalistic tone, another writer,  Maurice Montégut,  pours out with solicitude on the poor:

«Peace and concord must come from above, descend, unable to ascend. It is the duty of the understanding, the strong, to reach out to the weak, to the dark. How can one be angry at the crowd – since one does nothing to enlighten, to instruct – to have kept the atavistic instinct of the prehistoric brutes, at the time when the cannibal ancestors, in the monstrous forests, met only to devour on the threshold of the caves? With a little sweetness, a lot of charity, we soothe the wild beasts who stretch out their backs, submit to the astonishment of a caress«. 

For some writers, the egalitarian spirit of the Commune offended their elitist conception of society. Thus, Taine writes sarcastically, in a mocking tone: «The boss, the bourgeois, exploits us, we must suppress him. I am a worker, I am capable, if I wish, of being a manager, a magistrate, a general. By good luck, we have guns, let us use them and establish a Republic where workers like us are ministers and presidents». Renanfor whom Germany is a model, believes that «the essential thing is less to produce enlightened masses than to produce great geniuses and an audience capable of understanding them«.  


Similarly, «communard» women have not been equally spared by the verbal excesses of these bloody Versailles writers. These women, also called the oil companies (women who, during the Commune, would have lit fires with oil),  are often compared to «wolves» or «hyenas«. Thus, Arthur de Gobineau writes: «I am deeply convinced that there is not an example in the history of any time and any people of the furious madness, of the fanatical frenzy of these women .» 


Another less famous writer, Ernest Houssaye, says: «Not one of these women had a human figure: it was the image of crime or vice. They were soulless bodies that had deserved death a thousand times, even before touching oil. There is only one word for punishment: the hideousness«. 

At the time of the bloody repression of the Communards, Anatole France jubilant: «Finally, the government of crime and dementia rots at the time he is in the field of execution!» Emile Zola shows himself indulgent towards the Versailles: «The bloodshed that the people of Paris just taken was perhaps a horrible need to calm some of its fevers. You will see it grow in wisdom and splendor«.   

Decidedly, under the reign of class rule still reigns the class abomination. 

As soon as the people lift their heads, the hatred of the ruling class falls on them. Followed then by the repression, then the massacres. 

And for the proletarians who let themselves be amused by ridiculous walks in the streets, by plantations of trees of freedom, by sound phrases of lawyers, there will be holy water first, then insults, finally grape shot, misery always. (Auguste Blanqui, 1850)

 Mesloub Khider  

Traduction by Claudio Buttinelli.  Roma

Éditeur du webmagazine  http://www.les7duquebec.com

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