"On quitte le grand air qu’on respire dans le vaste champ de l’humanité pour s’enfermer dans des conventicules de compatriotes. Rien de plus mauvais pour l’esprit; rien de plus fâcheux pour la civilisation."
Might Brexit have been the UK's Boxer Rebellion? An inchoate rejection of all things foreign, fueled by a deep sense of crisis, powered by magical thinking, and egged on by the most reactionary elements of the ruling class in order to redirect popular anger away from them. And which eventually crashed head on against the brick wall of reality.
Me again. Can you recommend me a good book about Josephine Baker? What she did for La Resistance was great. This came unexpected (for Marcel Marceau too) - they aren't as famous for it as they deserve, compared to people like e.g. Sartre and his partner who became antifascist icons.
I don't know whether you ever recommended "La Presidente", but recently I read the German translation. Sure, I don't know many French politicians besides the big names, but at least have heard of Raspail and Hellbaker, as I insist calling him. Yeah, not a fan.
How did you like it? How realistic do you think it is?
"It cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilization. The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history." (Ludwig von Mises, 1927)
One day somebody will explain to me why it is that, at a time when science has never been wiser, or the truth more stark, or human knowledge more available, populists and liars are in such pressing demand. (John Le Carré)