The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come

Comment One of the objectives of The Europeans is to republish in English translation articles written originally in French or German by or about people who know what they’re talking about. One such is Stephen Smith, the American journalist, academic, Francophone, and Africa specialist. Smith’s view on migration from sub-Saharan Africa to Europe might be summarised in the American vernacular as: you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! The richer Africans become, the freer they will be to migrate to Europe. Both development in Africa and “co-development” of Europe and Africa through one-way migration — a sly form of practical progressivism — will contribute to stalling their own ostensible objectives by actually promoting an African middle-class exodus, rather than rendering it unnecessary.

Managing the now rare trick of scholarly detachment, Smith simultaneously keeps in mind the three contradictory paradigms at play in the migration ‘debate’: the progressive, the conservative, and the third that always imposes itself on the other two: objective reality. The spectre of sustained mass migration from Africa hangs in Europe’s future as a portent of the great demographic substitution: Le Grand Remplacement, as described, feared and resisted by the French writer Renaud Camus. As Camus never ceases to point out — in a continual da capo made necessary by constant references to the Great Replacement as a mere theory that remains unsupported by “statistics” — the substitution is already well advanced in western Europe and clearly visible to every naked eye. And there is another perspective to be recognised here: whereas the contemporary Islamisation of Europe and the continuing threat of Islamist terrorism have taken the lion’s share of media attention, these are merely aggravating factors that serve to eclipse the main theme: the extinction of European civilisation through the replacement of European peoples by exotic populations, principally from Africa. It is not obvious that Stephen Smith and Renaud Camus would disagree on any substantial point.

FIGARO/INTERVIEW : According to the American journalist Stephen Smith, migration from Africa, which weighs so heavily on Europe, constitutes the grand challenge of the 21st century. He says that the scale of the migratory pressure will submit our Continent to a trial without precedent, leading to the final rupture between the cosmopolitan elite and the populations who are attached to their identity.

The French-speaking American journalist, Stephen Smith, directed reporting on Africa at Libération from 1988 to 2000, then at Le Monde from 2000 to 2005. Since 2007, he has been professor of African studies at Duke University in the United States. He has just published La Ruée vers l’Europe [The Stampede for Europe], Editions Grasset .

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Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift

CommentA few years ago, a contributor to The London Review of Books wrote, “For the first time in its history, the European Left no longer has a project“. Not so: the Left has never lacked a project. When it divorced its white working-class constituency, it did so in order to channel its passion into the greatest of all social projects: to make amends for colonialism and WWII by declaring all accidents of birth, wherever they might be found, null and void. Redress could be had simply by migrating to Europe. Not only would the European taxpayer provide all the necessary resources, he would also be disciplined to erase all cultural references to his colonial past, lest they give offence to the rescued, and to modify his comportment wherever necessary, for the same reason. Some of the visible figures behind this settlement were Mitterrand, Blair, Soros, Juncker, Schulz, Merkel, the hapless Hollande, and now Macron and Pope Francis. This was to be ‘The End of History’ and the beginning of ‘Otherly Love’. The great migration crisis duly followed in September 2015, with everyone from Hollywood to the captains of global commerce chiming in with adulatory support for Angela Merkel.

Three years later, things are different. There is a sustained shock of belated recognition that the fate, not just of the European Union, but of European civilisation itself — hitherto a defunct concept — is now definitely engaged. This has translated, most recently, into the election of the new Italian ‘populist’ government.

The Left’s ultimate project and raison d’être is now being challenged relentlessly from every angle, the principal focus being on immigration from Africa and the Middle East. There is scarcely an issue of public policy or private thought that remains untouched by the spectre of mass-, or even of long-term trickle-immigration. The European media are full of it, all day and every day. The cost to Europe of this stubborn and rudderless Chancellor is incalculable, but it can be curtailed with one simple and effective formula: Stop the boats! The Australian solution. Europe cannot assist Africa in any way at all, while she remains under extreme migratory pressure. The necessary paradigm-shift is at last on the move: from Human Rights to Common Sense.