November 10, 2005
FRANCE, NOT FRENCH, IS THE PROBLEM:
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.Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2005 6:17 PM
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.