Pussy Riot, or ideologues for the liberal project (Butler, Braidotti et al)

It is not for nothing that Alexandra Kollontai, Clara Zetkin, Rosa Luxemburg and others were suspicious of the suffragettes – that upper middle class movement that bolstered the bourgeois project in the late nineteenth century. An eerily similar situation applies to the suffragettes of our own day – Pussy Riot. Something has to be amiss when they move from meeting with members of the US Congress to being a cause célèbre for the sinister project of the EU. And something is decidedly problematic when the likes of Judith Butler and Rosi Braidotti join the chorus. Then again, Butler has always been a champion for the liberal project.

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7 thoughts on “Pussy Riot, or ideologues for the liberal project (Butler, Braidotti et al)

  1. To be fair, though, the reason for Rosa Luxemburg’s suspicion of the suffragettes (that the suffragettes did not oppose the bourgeois democracy which stood in the way of genuine equality) is the same reason that she opposed the Bolshevik implementation of a National Assembly (which stood in the way of socialist democracy, that is, dictatorship of the proletariat).

    The result is much the same: so-called equality “will be decreed from behind a few official desks by a dozen intellectuals … with the repression of political life in the land as a whole, life in the Soviets must also become more and more crippled. Without general elections, without unrestricted freedom of Press and Assembly, without a free struggle of opinion, life dies out in every public institution, becomes a mere semblance of life, in which only the bureaucracy remains as the active element. Public life gradually falls asleep, a few dozen party leaders of inexhaustible energy and boundless experience direct and rule. Among them, in reality, only a dozen outstanding heads do the leading and an elite of the working class is invited from time to time to meetings where they are to applaud the speeches of the leaders, and to approve proposed resolutions unanimously – at bottom then, a clique affair – a dictatorship, to be sure, not the dictatorship of the proletariat, however, but only the dictatorship of a handful of politicians, that is a dictatorship in the bourgeois sense, in the sense of the rule of the Jacobins.”

  2. This is a variation of the old pattern for achieving instant political fame in the West. In (good) old soviet times it was enough to complain against the state, but since democracy landed in Russia you also need to add a bit of colour, eccentricity regarding name, appearance, place and the manner in which you express your anti-government opinion and ….hop …straight from being a poor replica of Western punk quasi anti-government, anti-social, anti-everything tradition you are transformed into a political analyst that provides advice to the US Congress regarding Russia. I hope, though, that the Congress will seriously listen to their advice, not just parade them in front of the cameras in order to convince the people that Russia is still a horrible treat. I would actually suggest the whole congress be named “Pussy riot”. It perfectly suits that venerable democratic institution and would be prophetic in terms of why and how US hegemony might end. When all the pussies of this world get too hungry they might decide to eat the American rooster.

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