Thinking again on David Miller

Submitted by AWL on 19 October, 2021 - 4:44
David Miller

I found the article by Chris Reynolds in Solidarity 608 on David Miller and Bristol University very strange.

I think choosing the case of Helmut Hasse as analogy is pretty strange, considering as this guy was a wannabe Nazi and certainly fellow-traveller of fascists.

Our line is typically that we do support the removal and blockading of fascists for their politics. The implicit defence of Miller that his antisemitism is unrelated to his academic project, or is of the calibre of unthinking near-antisemitism seen on the left, is off the mark, too. PowerPoints from his lectures have been leaked, showing bizarre diagrams linking specifically Jewish organisations to political actors, alleging Labour and the Tories to be in Israel’s pocket in the most convoluted ways, as in some fever-dream deep-state Israeli conspiracy.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying he should’ve been sacked, that’s another argument for another day. But we cannot pretend his staying in post would’ve been positive for anyone other than left antisemites.

Sacha Marten, Birmingham

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