From commenter Francis Miville in response to my post about the modern Left, It’s Low Wages and Sodomy! It’s Homosexuals and Bicycles! – This is the Modern Left (published elsewhere – not yet published on this site yet but coming up soon).
This comment discusses a group called the Muscadins, sons of the ruling class ancien regime during the French Revolution and continuing for long afterwards. They called all working class men rapists, argued for the superiority of homosexuality over heterosexuality, attacked the people’s religion by elevating Judaism and Islam over Christianity. Sound familiar?
Back then they were regarded as Far Right, which is maybe how this Fake Left (Cultural Left) should be seen. Anyway they were waterboys for the ruling class, and they were used by the remnants of the ancien regime to keep the rabble down.
From its start at the turn of the century, this Muscadin movement bullshit continued all through the 1800’s – a whole century. The Muscadins even continued on into the 20th Century, when, not surprisingly, this Fake Left embraced the Nazi invaders. Because it was really Reaction in Disguise all along, just like Modern Left Frankenstein Monster is.
I also think we ought to start calling the Cultural Left because in my opinion, that is exactly what they are.
This modern Cultural Left has nothing to do with Left. In France the kind of Fake Left as you called it was very present during the Revolutionary period, as the popular subversive impetus had been crushed, and only the well to do’s sons allowed to demonstrate. They were called the Muscadins.
They called for all-out repression against the rabble as they called it but presented themselves as the intellectual vanguard of the world by fostering practically the same causes as the same ilk now.
Their counterparts echo the Muscadins today:
Radical feminism opposing both the old Church and the proletariat suddenly described as a bunch of rapists.
The supremacy of gay sexuality on the Ancient Greek model.
Catholic-bashing in favor of Judaism or Islam.
And so many other stupidities that sound so familiar nowadays.
But these Muscadins, which would later on be classified with the incipient Romantic Movement, were never allowed to call themselves Left. They were classified at the Extreme Right of the allowable political spectrum, and remained so together with their quirks and whims for a long period.
The only thing more to the right was the now illegal Right of Royalism, which played the part of fascism as the abominable evil to be fended off at all costs. Anyway that was at the fag end of the French Revolutionary period. Napoleon was taking over as a kind of mafia don pretending to reestablish Roman civilization, and the Empire once established would no longer need the Muscadins to keep the populace at bay and destroy them though obligatory military service.
But their ideological party remained and was to linger on throughout the whole Nineteenth Century and later as a toxic breeding ground for ideas of the Extreme-Right that came to be discredited for good in 1940, as all these self-styled Muscadins ended up supporting the Nazi invaders.