‘The Death of Satire’ as imagined in the present dismal age by Mr. Gioia, a comment by Political Cynic

Amidst the doom saying chatter Mr. Gioia adds this well worn cliche of the current political orthodoxy:

‘And it’s been a tough time for satirical magazines. The terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo has had a chilling effect on the medium. But it hardly takes guns and ammo to shut down once prominent satirical periodicals.’

Charlie Hebdo was not, in fact, a ‘satirical magazine’ but an instrument of political oppression against an unassimilated immigrant population, from former French colonies, using Mohammed as the stand in for that population. The argued Enlightenment standards of the tradition of French satire was about Voltaire of the Philosophical Dictionary or his scathing satire on Joan of Arc  La Pucelle d’Orléans or the Persian Letters by Montesquieu, that took it’s point of departure from inside a tradition, not outside of that tradition, but simply from a newly evolving Deist/Theist perspective. The pied noirs like Camus, Derrida and Althusser were of European parentage and not subject to the kind of  relentless demonization of Muslim immigrants as perpetual other.

Political Cynic


About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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