PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron was at an Elton John concert as France burned. Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting, ‘dancing’ and jihad. And of course he lied about the actual cause of the rioting and the violence. He blamed video games and parents. The ‘children’ destroying things, assaulting Frenchmen and robbing Louis Vuitton should have been kept at home, he said. Close but no Quai d’Orsay Clemenceau. If their parents had been kept at home – in Africa and the Middle East – he might have both a point and a recognisable nation. Tyrannical subjectivism and brazen gaslighting to pardon its destructiveness have become the couplet of unreality that defines the age. M. Macron knows that years of immigration from Islamic cesspools has brought nothing but cultural ruination to France. The institutionalised lie, however – that Diversité has joined the national motto’s older trio of watchwords with unfussed aplomb – is too sacred to endanger.
It is rare for Kamala Harris to say something worth heeding but “don’t be that first frog” applies to the French presidency and modern Frenchmen perfectly. The latter were slow-boiled in a pot of Brussels-coordinated social engineering and Élysée-endorsed penance for colonialism. A few registered the deadliness of gradualist malice but were dismissed as ‘right-wing.’ Applied to civilisation today, however, the big problem with the froggy apologue is this: it is already too late for its lesson to save the day.
So-called conservatives in Europe and elsewhere are caught in the quixotic rut of proclaiming that all will be lost ‘if something isn’t done’ starting now. But Western Civilisation has already collapsed and those who think otherwise are deluding themselves and bedevilling counter-revolution. Many of them – ratcheted accommodationists – don’t even understand, for example, that feminism and ‘Pride’ were not benign movements corrupted, but progenitors of the corruption. Left-wing moral vandalism works – as the French know better than anybody – because re-establishing obliterated ideals is difficult. What foundation, then, can undergird an existential answer to the ennui of stasis that followed the Charlie Hebdo murders in 2015 and the covid liberty massacre of 2020-2022? In a Word: God. In a sentence: the moral objectivism that inheres in man, as in nature, and which is the fount of all reason. It’s a big boulder to roll.
Big and noble but not Sisyphean. In his sermon for the coronation of King Charles III, Archbishop Welby observed that the Kingdom of God “sets the aims of all righteous government, all authority.” This enormously consequential dogma – for such it is – rhymes splendidly with Saint John XXIII’s Pacem in Terris, whose 60th anniversary was marked in April. All political leaders, the Pope wrote, “are still bound by the natural law, which is the rule that governs all moral conduct, and they have no authority to depart from its slightest precepts.” It follows ineluctably that the West’s current religious mission – forcible conversion of entire nations to a ‘woke’ cult, backed by endless war – is counterfeit, Godless and barbarian. The fact that those three adjectives describe Russia and China at any given time is not an excuse. A week ago, strangely triumphant neocons used the Prigozhin mutiny to round on imaginary foes they claimed had lionised Vladimir Putin as the arch-defender of civilisation. The uprising in France right now is a thousand times worse and is a direct corollary of precisely the cultural nihilism they themselves labour to universalise. Bringing these dangerous cynics to heel is a good way to start fighting back. As for France, it will never Isabella its way out of Islamic chaos. Its best hope – paradoxically – is a blasé majority yearning for the Way, the Truth and the Life. There is no other genuine way out of the rubble.