A rally took place yesterday in support of Anasse Kazib, the railway worker and revolutionary candidate for the presidency of France who was summoned by the police for organizing a rally against direct threats from right-wing extremists. Famous French actress Adèle Haenel, star of Portrait of a Lady on Fire and other films, wanted to be there but couldn’t. Instead, she sent a letter which was read to the crowd.
Unfortunately, I cannot be with you this afternoon. I hope there will be a good turnout.
Anasse Kazib’s campaign endured intolerable levels of harassment and invisibilization. A year ago, I would not have considered myself an anti-capitalist. But thanks to Permanent Revolution and Anasse, these ideas not only stuck in my head, but also in my heart. It is clear to me now that no real freedom is possible without destroying the capitalist system and replacing it with something else. Your vision is full of hope and radiance. I am 100% on your side. France would be very different today if the policy of Permanent Revolution and the intelligent sensitivity of Anasse were as publicized as the words of the extreme right. We wouldn’t be in this mess, because your ideas are powerful and contagious.
Thank you for making us collectively smarter.
Honestly, you are the hope of this world.
First published in French on March 3 in Permanent Revolution.
Translated by Emma Lee