[Marxism] Fwd: The French Origins of “You Will Not Replace Us” | The New Yorker

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Dec 1 06:23:35 MST 2017

[Renaud] Camus has become one of the most cited figures on the right in 
France. He is a regular interlocutor of such mainstream intellectuals as 
Alain Finkielkraut, the conservative Jewish philosopher, who has called 
Camus “a great writer,” and someone who has “forged an expression that 
is heard all the time and everywhere.” Camus also has prominent critics: 
the essayist and novelist Emmanuel Carrère, a longtime friend, has 
publicly reproached him, writing that “the argument ‘I’m at home here, 
not you’ ” is incompatible with “globalized justice.” Mark Lilla, the 
Columbia historian and scholar of the mentality of European 
reactionaries, described Camus as “a kind of connective tissue between 
the far right and the respectable right.” Camus can play the role of 
“respectable” reactionary because his opposition to multicultural 
globalism is plausibly high-minded, principally aesthetic, even 
well-mannered—a far cry from the manifest brutality of the skinheads and 
the tattooed white nationalists who could put into action the xenophobic 
ideas expressed in “Le Grand Remplacement.” (At a rally in Warsaw on 
November 11th, white-nationalist demonstrators brandished signs saying 
“Pray for an Islamic Holocaust” and “Pure Poland, White Poland.”) When I 
asked Camus whether he considered me—a black American living in Paris 
with a French wife and a mixed-race daughter—part of the problem, he 
genially replied, “There is nothing more French than an American in 
Paris!” He then offered me the use of his castle when he and his partner 
next went on a vacation.


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