Settler Colonialism: Resources

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Feb 25 2014 15:23
Settler Colonialism: Resources

From my last week or so on libcom, I've noticed that settler-colonialism is not properly understood. I've posted the following pieces which are accessible online to enlighten. Specifically, I hope this literature can problematize and critique reductionist notions that settler-colonialism and nationalism in general are "the same,"; that opposition to settler-colonialism can be redefined as bigotry; and that liberation can be properly addressed in settler-colonial contexts, including Palestine, the Americas, and elsewhere without engaging the topic:

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/2201473X.2013.830587

Patrick Wolfe's "Recuperating Binarism" -- that denying and repudiating the binary between settler societies and the indigenous could be a means of maintaining and strengthing settler-colonialism.

http://ipk-bonn.de/downloads/SettlerColonialismAndTheEliminationOfTheNat...

Patrick Wolfe's Settler Colonialism and the Elimination of the Native

http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/6453/what-is-settler-colonialism

Maya Mikdashi's poignant "What is Settler-Colonialism?"

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rset20/3/3-04

Other articles from same issue, addressing other settler-colonialism-related topics. Unfortunately, T&F does not offer the rest of the articles for free. I do not have a pass. If anyone does & can post these articles online for free, I would be much obliged.

http://colonialismthroughtheveil.wordpress.com/2012/09/07/what-is-settle...

"What is Settler Colonialism?"

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14742837.2012.708922

Failure of left in North America to properly engage settler-colonialism (again, pay for access, T&F pass necessary. If someone has one, please post/send/host)..

Re: Palestine specifically
One of few ongoing and more brazen settler-colonial struggles that seems to be most poorly understood on this website.

http://newleftreview.org/II/10/gabriel-piterberg-erasing-the-palestinian...

Gabriel Piterberg's Erasures.

http://misr.mak.ac.ug/sites/default/files/Edward%20Said%20lecture%20-%20...

Mahmood Mamdani's Settler Colonialism, Then & Now

http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/5561/new-texts-out-now_past-is-pres...

Past is Present: Settler-Colonialism in Palestine interview with authors (cannot find full-text online).

http://electronicintifada.net/content/can-occupiers-struggle-alongside-o...

Israeli anarchism and identity. I should note, this piece is problematic for one fairly obvious reason, namely its narcissism. It is a piece about the disproportionate attention given to Israeli anarchists rather than their Palestinian comrades...written by Israeli anarchists (?). Nonetheless, it contradicts the misguided belief that there is pre-occupation with Israel over anti-Jewish attitudes; rather, much of the attention on Palestine solidarity disproportionately favors covering Jewish/Israeli solidarity activism rather than the Palestinians themselves.

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2013/04/a-dishonest-umpire/

This piece by Chris Toensing puts the role and significance of the pro-Israel lobby in its imperial context. It is a slightly more nuanced explanation of the Israel Lobby that does not argue that the Israel Lobby is somehow outside of class relations. There is an even better piece about this topic written by Jacobin Mag contributor Max Ajl; but I cannot find it.

Ireland
Since many of you seem to be from the UK and Irish history has come up several times.

http://www.simonasharoni.com/Docs/Rethinking.pdf

Simona Sharoni, Rethinking Women's Struggles in I-P and North of Ireland

http://www.struggle.ws/pdfs/pamphlets/1916.pdf

Anarchism in the context of Irish resistance to British settler-colonialism

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Feb 26 2014 05:58

lol

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Feb 26 2014 06:40

Funny, just before I saw this I'd pm'd the following to somebody else from that Israel thread -

Regarding settler-colonialism: that fact that there's no Mother Country doesn't make it any more heinous in itself - but I would say its genocidal implications do. If the colonial project is not simply "extract wealth for the homeland" but rather "build a new society for our people," then mass relocation and ultimately extermination of natives is the logical ending point. The bloody histories of the US and Canada certainly support that claim.
Of course settler states aren't the only states to have committed genocide, but I think their stunningly consistent record means it's worth distinguishing them from other states.

edit - Drak, I don't agree that the folks you've been flame-warring with are Zionists, and I definitely don't agree that anti-semitism is not a contemporary problem. But I absolutely agree there's a lack of understanding of settler-colonialism here.

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Feb 26 2014 11:14

@FNordie,

I don't know where this "Mother Country" thing comes from. One of the most violent settler-colonial regimes in the world tens of millions of people in the process of settler-colonialism well after it was independent of its "mother country" -- the United States.

I suspect that that is some kind of arbitrary thing that Zionists like to single out to make it seem as though there's a serious difference. It was one of the key arguments Alan Dershowitz made in his fraud piece defending Israel.

As for "anti-Semitism," I think it's worth reading some of the posts I published about it. It is a problem in a few very local contexts, but the way some of the posters on this forum have portrayed it, they can take the genocidal attitudes of Hitler from decades ago and "find" it anywhere they see something they don't like. That is something that in fact, has an understated tradition, namely, the witch-hunt for anti-Semitism, especially on the left.

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Feb 26 2014 22:22
Drakula25 wrote:
I don't know where this "Mother Country" thing comes from. One of the most violent settler-colonial regimes in the world tens of millions of people in the process of settler-colonialism well after it was independent of its "mother country" -- the United States.

That's my point - that's what distinguishes "colonialism" from "settler-colonialism." The former's goal is to extract wealth from the colonized and send it back home; the latter's goal is to seize land and build a new homeland for the colonists.

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It was one of the key arguments Alan Dershowitz made in his fraud piece defending Israel.

No, it wasn't. I'm saying exactly the opposite. The fact that there's no "mother country" is why the US, Israel, etc are so genocidal. Killing off or displacing the natives en masse is a fundamental part of their agenda.

I've read your posts about anti-Semitism. I agree that witchhunts for anti-Semites is a common tactic that Zionists use; it's how they try to blur the line between Judaism and Zionism ("anyone critical of Israel must hate all Jews").
But I strongly disagree that anti-Semitism only exists in a few local contexts. I've been involved with anti-racist organizing for about 8 years, and I see it all the time. Fascist movements are on the upswing in many countries, and blaming a Jewish conspiracy for everything is still a basic part of their ideology. White nationalists in the US love to talk about the "Zionist Occupation Government".

Actually, I think one reason for the harsh reactions you're getting on libcom is just how similar certain strongly-worded criticisms of Israel can sound to neofascist propaganda. I don't think you're an anti-semite, but it's something to be aware of.

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Feb 28 2014 20:51
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Actually, I think one reason for the harsh reactions you're getting on libcom is just how similar certain strongly-worded criticisms of Israel can sound to neofascist propaganda. I don't think you're an anti-semite, but it's something to be aware of.

In a context in which people do not understand what settler-colonialism is, and share openly dismissive views about the nature of white supremacism/racism, I would rather receive harsh reactions than kind ones.

As far as the neo-fascist propaganda, that can be said for most neo-fascist propaganda about anything. Neo-Nazis also talk about how much they hate Muslims/terrorism, how much they want "immigration reform," how they are against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, how they are in favor of environmentalism, that they are against the WTO, that they support things like Occupy Wall Street, etc.

The fact that, for example, David Duke releases video after video condemning the neocons and the war in Iraq (so much so that I've seen it pop up in places where people don't know who he is and just think he's some old white leftist), does not mean the left should have to change its rhetoric about war. It means we should be conscious of what makes someone a racist and what doesn't. At the end of the day, regardless of what David Duke says about war, even if he says things that are completely sensible ("Bring the Troops Home") we know he is a racist from his other activities. As far as I'm concerned, leftists should not be changing their speech in order to avoid fascist entryism, they should learn to be better at detecting fascism and racism -- which is impossible when you do not know what settler-colonialism is.

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Mar 8 2014 21:35

This is an interesting article:

'Radicalizing Relationships To and Through Shared Geographies: Why Anarchists Need to Understand Indigenous Connections to Land and Place'
http://www.jennypickerill.info/wp-content/uploads/BarkerandPickerill2012.pdf

Also work by Andrea Smith is worth reading:

'Indigeneity, Settler Colonialism, White Supremacy'
http://www.worlddialogue.org/content.php?id=488

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Mar 9 2014 02:14

Are there any good introductions to decolonization theory? I know that I'm kind of really skeptical of "decolonization" and it's buzzwordiness (Decolonize your BRAIN). I'm also skeptical of anything that affirms a national bourgeoisie... I understand the importance of recognizing the colonization of Native American groups up to today, but there are some troubling conceptual problems in dealing with them from a class struggle/ historical materialist approach. The most problematic point I can think up is the argument that colonization is a progressive force (like capital). But on the other hand, any sort of colonized people that have their own patriarchical, class, hang-ups, etc. present social problems as well. If we proclaim that no one has the right to exploit someone else, is this a form of colonizing their culture with our notions of right and liberty, work etc.?Should we prop up their nation/ethnic group's ruling class (whether feudal, tribal) in the name of them as a totality?

I'm pretty ignorant of this stuff, so any reccomendations are appreciated. This post isn't geared toward Drakula though, bleh.

EDIT: Kropotcorn, your post is noted, and I'm reading over the Andrea Smith stuff, but I'm kind of looking for something even more.... broken down?