Nothing if not hard-hitting, this interview in Le Figaro with the French social scientist Pierre-André Taguieff brings out the degree to which Anglo-Saxon — worse, Swedish — puritanism has invaded French political life under the mentorship of the Parti socialiste, where it has coalesced with the ever-raging war over “islamophobia”. The now modest “dead white poets” theme of the kaftan-covered Sixties, is followed downwards to the ideological limits of moral vanity. Continue reading “Moral Vanity & The Puritan Spirit”
Jean-Pierre Chevènement has been appointed president of the now revived Foundation for Islam, charged with the formidable task of constructing an Islam that is not just in France, but also of France. Here, Laurent Bouvet in Le Figaro defends Chevènement against the charge that he is innocent of all connection with the French muslim community, and therefore unqualified for the job. Continue reading “The Clientelism of The Antiracist Left”
FIGAROVOX/INTERVIEW : By no longer fulfilling its traditional function of transmission, the school of the Republic has become a mass producer of zombies and deracinated individuals, explains the philosopher Robert Redeker in The Fantom School, a trenchant essay in which he analyses the causes of this disaster and plots a course for the future. Continue reading “Postmodernism in Action”
FIGAROVOX : In an extended interview, Brice Couturier, who was host of France Culture’s morning programme for five years, deconstructs the world of the media-intellectual, where pluralism and real debate are in danger of disappearing. Continue reading “The Party of The Media”
Asked recently whether he thought Brexit was a pivotal moment in European history, the writer Alain Finkielkraut responded: “In order to put an end to the distinction — judged potentially genocidal — between an ‘us’ and a ‘them’, the European Union has sedulously drained Europe of all content. It has replaced civilization with values, it has dissolved identity in rights, norms and procedures. The English have said “no” to these developments: we [the French] don’t need to emulate them, but seize the occasion of Brexit to reconstruct the European Union.” Continue reading “Europe’s Auto-Immunity”
Islamo-gauchisme is an epithet hurled by the French Right at the far Left and elements of the Centre-Left. It provides a handy label for the sort of relentless political sycophancy towards Islam in France, typified by apologists such as Jack Lang and Edwy Plenel. Lang was former President Mitterrand’s Minister of Culture, and is now President of the Institute of the Arab World, in Paris. Plenel is a prominent French journalist.
Laurent Bouvet is Professor of Political Science at the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. He published Cultural Insecurity (Fayard) in 2015. In this interview in Le Figaro, he breaks the code behind the use of the term, islamo-gauchisme.
The fate of Europe is now fully engaged, as on so many occasions throughout its thirty or so centuries of prodigious cultural and economic development. Driven to a moral fervour in September 2015 by President Erdoğan’s migratory ‘push’ and Angela Merkel’s complementary ‘pull’, the neoliberals of Germany and Sweden briefly demonstrated their enormous capacity for humanitarian concern. The over-confidence necessary to carry off the first few weeks of mayhem seemed to be induced spontaneously by the enormity of the challenge itself: it could hardly have existed beforehand. Neoliberals have always insisted on diversity they can see; but this was on an altogether new and overwhelming scale.
Human Rights legalism already meets all the criteria of a religion, and the institutions of global capitalism are well on their way to meeting all the criteria of the superstate that the European Union sought unsuccessfully to become. Further, the Church of Human Rights, with its clergy of lawyers and its vast supporting laity both inside and outside national governments, is the established church and jesuitical instrument of the emerging global superstate. Continue reading “Bosnia-on-Rhine”
FIGAROVOX/TRIBUNE : For Pierre Rigoulot, the death-threat hanging over our liberal societies comes from islamist fundamentalism and not from “fanatical madmen”. Our history, distinguished by various forms of totalitarianism, should serve as our guide, says the historian. Continue reading “The French Left Lives In Fear”
Merah, Charlie, the Bataclan, Magnanville, and now Nice… How many times before our eyes are opened? How many savage attacks, blind massacres, before our leaders resign themselves to admitting that Islamist fanaticism has joined a fight to the death against our country and our civilization? How many more innocent victims — men, women, and children — before those who govern us decide at last to respond ruthlessly, as demanded by the barbarity of these madmen of Allah? Continue reading “The Terror Haunting France”