According to Jacques Attali, cosmopolitan social theorist, and bête noire of cultural conservatives, “Every country should think of itself as a hotel and of its people as hoteliers”. This is indeed the era of the Idiot Sage, and of the policy-vacuum that delivers reality to their prescriptions. Attali might have noticed that it is the discriminating guest who is now being paid by the hotelier, as the following analysis from Le Figaro bears out. In Attali’s world, migrants — Homo electans — are encouraged to choose between countries because choice is a philosophical and practical Good in itself; one that creates new and powerful economic combinations. Ceteris paribus. And yet Attali, doyen of ‘influential thinkers’, and for all his attachment to the arts, remains merely a more-than-ordinarily conspicuous example of the cosmopolitan crank who lacks the deep personal culture that can be acquired only through residence, allegiance, and the painstaking curatorial mentality that goes with them. Limitless cosmopolitanism evacuates the mind.
FIGAROVOX/TRIBUNE : In declaring that asylum-seekers compare the various legislative regimes on offer before choosing a country to go to, the Minister of the Interior, Gérard Collomb, has merely stated the obvious, explains Jean-Thomas Lesueur, delegate-general of the Thomas More Institute.