November 10, 2005


France In Flames: Immigration, Not “Discrimination”, Is The Problem (Steve Sailer, 11/09/05, V-Dare)

To an extent that would surprise many Americans misled by immigration-enthusiast propaganda, France too sees itself as a “Proposition Nation.” Its national self-image is built not around race, but around mastering French language and culture.

Much as we hate the French, it's unfair to reduce their national proposition to the lowly level that Mr. Sailer does: all Frenchmen shall speak French. More important, it seriously mistates just how destructive their actual proposition is.

When Mr. Sailer says "too," he is referring first to the American proposition, which is faith-based:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. --That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The true French proposition is secular rationalist, as befit its Revolution, and called initially for liberte, egalitie, fraternitie, but quickly devolved to only equality (the other two stated values being incompatible with equality). So the French proposition is that humans can rationally design a state such that it will make all men equal. Nearly every ill of the past two centuries proceeds from this proposition; the Terror, Marxism, Darwinism, Communism, Nazism, Islamicism, etc.... And you don't have to speak French to have bought into the proposition.

The immigrant poor are an obvious repudiation of the efficacy of the French proposition and are therefore despised. Going forward, all you have to do is add in a dash of Darwinism, a denial that these Africans and Arabs are in fact the same species as the ethnically French, and the inequality will be explained and the rational solution obvious.

The New Old Europe (David Warren, 11/10/05, Ottawa Citizen)

[S]ince long before they were born, the Muslim young raised in these ghettoes were in fact prevented from getting the usual sorts of jobs, and thereby insinuating themselves into bourgeois French society. And this because the powerful, leftwing unions of France -- themselves quite willing to riot for results -- have long since achieved 30-hour weeks, high pay, and perpetual employment for three-quarters of the labour force. It is an arrangement, secured in a form of “social contract” with the French state, that shuts out everyone else. Tamper with THAT, and the rest of France will be back on the streets.

The story is roughly similar through the rest of what Donald Rumsfeld acutely called “Old Europe”. Not exactly similar: the postmodern German economic model, for instance, welcomes Muslim immigrants as “Gastarbeiters” -- people to do the kind of work that Germans feel too good for. What has made France the seat of the Islamist Revolution in Europe, is the sheer number of unassimilated people, their explosive birth rate, and levels of unemployment that leave the young free to imbibe contemporary Islamism.

Their ostracism from French society is completed by overt racialism. The contrast between the hypocritical liberalism of French public speech, and the overt racialism of private behaviour, is such as no North American will fully comprehend. We come from the society of the melting pot. The European melting pot froze and hardened -- quite literally, more than a thousand years ago. And that racialism is mutual. What the Muslims feel for their aging French “hosts” -- whom they consider to be perverts, by every Islamic standard -- is expressed by the way they torch their cars.

Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2005 6:17 PM

The core of Sailer's entire essay is that the genetically inferior, by which he means people who do not look like Sailer, do poorly in France because of that country's social and economic intitutions, which he holds are less forgiving than our own.

I cannot stomach Sailer's racist propositions. He holds that "IQ" variability among racial groups is relevant to the dignity to be afforded the human citizens involved. Over the many years I have known many, many individuals of whom it could be said,

"For all 'is dirty 'ide,
He was white, clear white inside."

The people at VDare to not understand this, and they demean what they pretend to extol.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 10, 2005 7:15 PM

Terror, Marxism, Darwinism, Communism, Nazism, Islamicism

I really don't see how you can shove Darwin in with that lot. I mean it's a scientific theory of evolution, it has nothing to do with political systems that seek absolute power to control peoples. It might get misused for nefarious purposes, but that reflects poorly on the misusers, not on Darwinism. Why don't you throw in nuclear physics as well? It did after all give rise to nuclear weapons. And now we're on a roll you could include the wheel................

Posted by: ligneus at November 10, 2005 7:24 PM


Datwinism necessarily denies that all men are created equal, though Darwinists have generally had the good taste to play that down since the Holocaust. Mr. Sailer just writes more honestly about where belief in Darwinism leads.

Posted by: oj at November 10, 2005 8:19 PM

All men are created equal? That's funny.
Funny that something that is so obviously wrong is the crux around which the proof of the virtues of Theistic Democratic Capitalism rests.
Which is exactly why, we have such rabid Darwin-haters on the Right, who feel so threatened by the observations of nature that could prove them wrong.
Any ever read Things Fall Apart?

Posted by: Jarhead at November 10, 2005 9:28 PM


Sure, it's a great book:

And, you're right, Darwinism is anti-American.

Posted by: oj at November 10, 2005 9:35 PM

Jarhead: That all men are created equal is self-evidently true. Necessarily, then, anything that suggests otherwise is false.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 10, 2005 10:24 PM


The idea that all men are created equal is completely ridiculous; the myth of its possibility is king of lies that has been a tool for power since the dawn of civilization.

Maybe I'm being a little too abstract; are you guys saying the each person is born in exactly the same circumstances, genetic and cultural, as every other person on the face of the earth?

Is a girl born diseased, and into prostitution equal to the lawyers who have the leisure of writing on this blog?

Equal in the eyes of what transcendent authority? (Don't tell me, I think I know what you're going to say.)

The promise of eventual equality, it messianism the carrot thrust in front of the faces of all of us who trudge on in a system that all data would show to be far from fair for everyone.

Posted by: Jarhead at November 10, 2005 10:56 PM

"Equal" meaning that each person is endowed with certain inalienable rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. As these rights are not self-enforcing, governments are instituted to secure them. However, in this pursuit government may justly use only those powers that are granted to it by the people.

Posted by: David Cohen at November 10, 2005 11:22 PM

i was kind of hoping one of our leftist brethren would drop in to provide a little unintentional humor. for some reason they never stick around for very long...

Posted by: lonbuds toe at November 10, 2005 11:26 PM

David, Lou

Equality? Yes, moral worth, but with differing talents, and inclinations. In the same Declaration of Independence Jefferson refers to "the merciless Indian Savages", hence ascribing to a specific people attributes which differ from other people.

As far as I know, Sailor hasn't written anything that contradicts the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or commonsense. I'm not addressing the confusion of the French.

Posted by: h-man at November 11, 2005 4:46 AM


The promise of eventual material equality is the French proposition and is anti-human.

God gave us only spiritual equality and then left it to us to do something with it.

But I'm confused, your comments suggest you think youself superior to the poor black child for Darwinian reason, no?

Posted by: oj at November 11, 2005 7:57 AM
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