Infamous: Before Ye and Nick Fuentes There Was Dieudonné and Alain Soral

Ye (formally known as Kanye West) and Nick Fuentes seem to be dominating the news headlines these days. This is for a host of reasons, including the apparently peculiar nature of such a partnership, with one of them being a Black hip-hop celebrity artist and the other often being projected as a White supremacist “political agitator.”

They would likely argue that there’s nothing strange about it all, since they’re united by a common Christian and anti-Zionist approach. They believe that the Left and Right dichotomy within American politics hides the fact that, despite their ideological dissimilarities, they all share an odd devotion and allegiance towards a certain foreign country, one that dictates American politics, economy, media and culture.

Thus they argue that if the Left and Right, despite outwardly being polar opposites, can put aside their enmity and be unified through their submission to a foreign entity, then two Christians, regardless of whatever else may separate them, can find common ground in their Christian faith and anti-Zionist politics.

Readers can decide for themselves whether or not they think this position can be justified. However, such a union isn’t anything new. In France, exact parallels to Ye and Nick Fuentes can be found respectively in Dieudonné and Alain Soral.

Let us take a closer look at each of these individuals and analyze the salient points which make them stand out.

Ye: Christian Love Exposes the Fake Christians

Ye (Kanye West before) has grabbed the media’s attention for reasons probably known to all by now. He is being accused of antisemitism, and he is quite unapologetic about it.

More specifically, what triggered the outrage is his statements, made in a recent interview with Alex Jones, regarding how he loves Hitler and “a lot of things” about him.

Yet in this very same interview, Ye also says that he loves everyone, including the Zionists who canceled him and struck him financially, making him lose billions.

In another interview, this time with Gavin McInnes, he also said that he loves the slaveowners as well as his mother Donda’s doctor (who was supposedly responsible for her death).

Basically, Ye loves everyone. This is an attitude which he considers to stem from his Christian faith. Christians revolutionized the definition of love in the first centuries CE when, against the Greek and pagan notion of eros, they proposed their own notion of agapè.

Eros, the classical approach for Greek-pagans since Plato in his Symposium, is a form of love grounded in egocentrism and self-interest. It is the idea that you love someone for what he or she can potentially offer or give to you.

Agapè on the other hand is selfless or unconditional love. It can even be sacrificial in the sense that you give without expecting to ever receive anything in return.

Jean-Luc Marion, a prominent contemporary French philosopher, applies the notion of agapè to philosophical theology. According to him, God should not be defined in terms of “being”⁠—as is usually the case within the field⁠—but instead, in terms of agapè. The argument is that “being” is something too universal (a chair or a cat, for example, are also “beings”) and detached, whereas agapè is a kind of love that is unique to the divine (and those who imitate Him) which, far from being detached, is completely relational since love always implies a subject and an object interacting with one another.

In the same way, Ye is applying agapè to Hitler. After all, Christians say that all human beings are made in the “image” of God. Such a belief would of course imply that Hitler cannot have been only pure evil and that he would have also possessed some good qualities⁠—or as Ye puts it, some “redeeming qualities.”

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In fact, within classical Christian theology there’s this whole idea of “apocatastasis,” which basically says that, through Christ, all creatures, including Satan⁠—and thus you would presume Hitler too)⁠—will be “restored” and reconciled with God.

D.B. Hart, perhaps the most influential Christian philosopher in the US today, has an entire book on the subject (released in 2019).

So Ye, who is a Christian, is looking at Hitler through the lens of… a Christian!

But are his critics as Christian?

The “standard” conservatives of today, basically just liberals moving at a slower pace, attack him for his antisemitism. But can they learn agapè from him? Or is their eros in relation to worldly matters just too overpowering?

Can they bring themselves to love the Leftists or even the Muslims?

After all, forget about turning the other cheek, the majority of them supported massacring civilians in the name of the “War on Terror” as “collateral damage”… clearly not very Christ-like, unlike Ye!

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Nick Fuentes: Christian Nationalism and the Politicization of Zoomers

Nick Fuentes may only be 24 but he seems to have been in politics forever, having risen to prominence back in 2016.

Having gathered a significant following (hundreds of thousands on social media), Fuentes has a virtual army of supporters called the Groypers. Belonging to generation Z, or as “Zoomers” (those born during the mid-1990s and later), they’re known for their liberal use of memes within what they consider to be the culture war. This is a war that they are waging not only against Leftists but also against hypocritical, or fake, conservatives (such as Charlie Kirk). They believe such people to be more like Israeli nationalists rather than true American patriots.

Like Fuentes, aside from their anti-Zionism, these Groypers can be broadly categorized as being Christian nationalists.

Fuentes, of paternal Hispanic descent and someone who is now the most important political partner of a Black celebrity artist, hardly fits the cliché of a White nationalist let alone a White supremacist. But he can easily be categorized as a Christian nationalist, or Catholic integralist to be more precise, which he often hints at.

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Right Wing Watch quotes from one of his many videos:

“I’m a reactionary,” Fuentes said. “I support autocracy.”

“I’m an 18th century thinker,” he continued. “[The] 21st century sucks. Okay? The 21st century is trash. You think the 21st century is good? It’s not.”

“I’m an 18th century man,” he added. “The 18th century was kind of epic. Well, actually, there was a lot of problems but it’s better than what we have now. I’m a 17th century thinker. So yeah, you’re right. You’re damn right. I’m a 13th century thinker. I’m a 12th century thinker.”

“Who said I’m a 21st century man?” Fuentes bragged. “I’m a 12th century man.”

“F*** the UN, and the internet, and democracy,” Fuentes declared. “You know what democracy has given us? Obesity. Low rates of literacy. It’s given us divorce, abortion, gay marriage, liberalism, pornography. That’s what democracy has given us. Ghettos and crime and political correctness. Diversity. Yeah, the track record of democracy? Not so good. Catholic autocracy? Pretty strong. Pretty strong record. Catholic monarchy? Catholic monarchy, and just war, and crusades, and inquisitions? Pretty good stuff.”

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We of course do not support his views regarding the crusades for obvious reasons, but the point being made here is that he is clearly best described as a Christian nationalist of the Catholic integralist variety, certainly more so than being described as a White supremacist.

Catholic Integralism is a parallel to Islamism, in the sense that it fights liberal-modernity and wants to base society and politics on a religious grounding instead of secularism. It also has some representatives within academia, with the likes of Adrian Vermeule and Sohrab Ahmari.

It is thus no wonder that Fuentes has openly expressed support for the Taliban after their takeover of Afghanistan:

The Taliban is a conservative, religious force, the US is godless and liberal. The defeat of the US government in Afghanistan is unequivocally a positive development

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Dieudonné: From Jokes to Joker

Dieudonné M’bala M’bala, simply known as Dieudonné, was born to a Cameroonian father and a French mother. He is unanimously hailed as being the greatest stand-up comedian in France, even if many are too afraid to acknowledge it openly now, since the controversies surrounding him started.

As you may have guessed, he wasn’t always deemed a heretic within liberal France. During the ’90s, he was actually a star celebrity alongside the Jewish other half of his comic duo, Elie Semoun. This was because he naturally fit the neoliberal ideology of “multiculturalism,” which was on the rise back then. Dieudonné played the stereotypical “tall Black man” and Semoun the “short Jewish man,” with both making a comedy of the usual clichés regarding their respective communities.

Thus when Dieudonné was the consensual (Malcolm X would have said plantation) Black, his career wasn’t at risk. In fact, he was a rising star, especially so due to his comedy also often containing blasphemous jokes about Christianity and religion in general. Back then, Dieudonné was viewed as the very incarnation of the so-called Charlie Hebdo spirit.

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This organic link that exists between comedy and blasphemy isn’t anything to be too surprised about. Gilles Lipovetsky (also from France) has demonstrated throughout his books how humor is a form of secularization. Basically, if you can mock anything and everything, then essentially nothing remains sacred anymore. According to Lipovetsky, this perception of life, as some kind of joke, is a result of Western individualism.

Fast-forward to 2003 and Dieudonné learnt the hard way that, actually, you can’t make jokes about everything. Some things are in fact considered to be sacrosanct and are strictly off limits.

2003 is the year that Dieudonné went on to play the role of a Zionist settler, unapologetic of his crimes in Palestine and calling everyone to join the “American-Zionist axis” (such a usage of “axis” was quite common after 9/11, especially a few months just after the invasion of Iraq).

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Back then, everyone was laughing. This included the people on the TV show on which he performed. But then, Dieudonné was “canceled.” The entire entertainment industry had boycotted him and he was struck with numerous legal trials which he had to face.

But Dieudonné didn’t back down. He actually doubled down and reaffirmed his stances. This is probably best exemplified by his stand-up comedy act ironically titled Mes excuses, i.e., “My excuses” (2004), where he went on to once again complain about Zionist power.

Dieudonné was thus Ye before Ye was Ye. He was the original Black celebrity artist to have gone from being a darling of the liberal media to instead being despised as an antisemite apostate.

For the rest of the 2000s he continued with his anti-Zionist activism. This then reached its apex in 2009 with the formation of the Parti antisioniste (“Anti-Zionist party”), which he co-founded with Alain Soral.

Alain Soral: Proletarian Philosopher and Father of the Redpill

Alain Soral was born during the ’50s. He’s a decade or so older than Dieudonné.

He grew up within a dysfunctional household. His father basically lost his generational wealth and used to beat him. His mother was indifferent. His sister became an actress and later an enemy. Despite all this, Soral is proud of his “humble upbringing.”

He often reminds us that he didn’t gain his knowledge of philosophy and sociology in a classroom setting (he has no high school diploma), “the bourgeois way,” but instead as an autodidact, through reading books when he was not out in the streets.

During the ’80s, Soral was mostly involved in the world of fashion design and even co-authored a book on the subject, which has been translated into Japanese. He mentioned this within his first solo book, an autobiographical novel released in 1991, La vie d’un vaurien, i.e., “The life of a nobody.”

During the latter part of the ’90s, Soral opted for a new avatar, one that embodies much of what is known today as the Redpill: an antifeminist pickup artist or dating coach.

His criticism of feminism, for which he was most famous during the early 2000s (due to his numerous TV appearances), was in fact linked directly with his role in the seduction community. This is because according to Soral, seducing a woman defuses her feminism, which he believed to be a product of capitalist manipulation and sexual frustration.

The ’90s Soral is best encapsulated by two of his books in particular: Sociologie du dragueur, i.e, “Sociology of the Pickup Artist” (1996); and Vers la féminisation, i.e., “Towards Feminization” (1999).

As already mentioned, all of this is significantly reminiscent of the Redpill movement. The Redpill movement places emphasis on going against the “system” by mainly combatting feminism and rejuvenating relationships with women. It should of course be made clear that this ideology is not something that is 100% compatible with Islam.

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The basis for Soral’s criticism of the system derives mainly from Michel Clouscard, who was a “proletarian philosopher” (or a thinker with humble origins). He conceptualized the idea of liberalism conflicting with liberties. For Clouscard, the post-industrial or services-oriented form of capitalism promoted unregulated consumption and demonized production (as there was nothing to really produce with no industry), with the result being that individuals were pushed to consume but not to produce.

Thus in Clouscard’s view, who looked at it from a psychological perspective as well, it generated anxious and depressed individuals because there were too many objects of consumption but not everyone could consume them. Clouscard described it as the “neo-fascism of desire.” The desire was “produced” everywhere through soft pornography in advertisements, media, etc., in order to attract brainless consumers, but the average individual couldn’t “consume” it. For example, how many men can actually date their favorite actress or celebrity?

Soral supplemented this with an antifeminist angle, opining that within a services-oriented economy, the workforce is dominated by women (think of the receptionist and the cashier). Whereas in an industry-based economy, men are preferred, if anything for their physical superiority. Thus within a services-oriented economy, women occupy more and more spaces. This eventually leads to them taking over other fields as well (such as politics) and inevitably gives rise to the overall “feminization of society” and feminism.

He continued criticizing capitalism and feminism throughout much of the 2000s, describing himself as a socialist and even a Marxist, and towards the end of the decade, he gave his thought a wider geopolitical angle by blaming a great number of these ills on Zionism.

Soral has other masks too (director-actor, boxing trainer and so on) and in fact, like Nick Fuentes, he was also accused of “White nationalism.” But that probably sums him up, and readers probably won’t be aware of exactly how influential he was during that period, especially among the immigrant communities.

His rise from humble origins somehow made him a bit boastful, and he would enjoyingly throw around the names of philosophers, movie directors, or musicians in his many videos. And you, as a teenager were curious enough to go and look into who these individuals were, eventually ending up reading some philosopher in the process, something you otherwise may have never done.

It’s within this context that he eventually allied with Dieudonné. Aside from the context, Fuentes’ alliance with Ye is not too different.

We must clarify that we, of course, don’t endorse Dieudonné and Soral⁠—especially given their geopolitics of the 2010s when, in order to go against the “American-Zionist axis,” they openly supported other tyrants (such as Syria’s Bashar Al-Assad) in the name of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”

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Similar to Dieudonné, Soral also no longer has the right to free speech within a country that prides itself in universalizing free speech.

But looking at Ye and Fuentes in the US and Dieudonné and Soral in France, it’s intriguing how anti-Zionism seems capable of bringing together individuals that are so vastly different from each other, with widely divergent ideologies and even beyond race.

So maybe the best form of anti-racism, the last religious ideal of the otherwise secularized postmodern West, is actually anti-Zionism?

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This was an incredibly interesting read! Jazakkulahu khairan!