On February 3, 2011, Jean Raspail, author of The Camp of the Saints was interviewed by Frédéric Taddeï on France 3 Television. The interview was recorded on two YouTube videos of about fifteen minutes each. The Camp of the Saints has been re-issued with a new preface : “Big Other”, a pun on “Big Brother”, and an obvious reference to the massive immigration of the past thirty years.
The videos, posted at François Desouche, are too long to translate, but here are a few highlights from the first half:
In truth The Camp of the Saints is a parable, written in 1972, published in 1973 about a million people from the Third World. They’re weak, they’re unarmed, women and children, they’re poor, and they come in search of paradise. But, there’s a million of them, they land on the Riviera, and behind them there are other flotillas with more millions ready to land according to whether or not France’s response is positive or negative. The problem of The Camp of the Saints is very simple – there is unity of time, place, and action. Everything happens in twenty-four hours. What happens is they have a shipwreck, a million of them, unarmed, weak, they inspire sympathy, pity. But a million… and if the response is positive, there are a million more waiting. What do we do? That’s the question posed by The Camp of the Saints.
Political correctness has defined those arriving as the Other – you know, welcome the Other, smile at the Other, the look of the Other. It becomes a kind of awesome power like Big Brother. I entitled my new preface “Big Other”. We are faced with – not a conspiracy – but on the whole, with false or true feelings, false or true pity, false or true Christian charity that says we must, a priori, welcome in the Other, the Big Other.
Today, the influx of immigrants has completely exploded and in addition, the statistics are falsified. Now, you want to know how we should react? A civilization of “métis” (mixed blood) could function very well, but it would no longer represent the eighteen centuries that made France. It could work, but who would make up the population? In 2050 – I won’t see it, but you will – in the urban zones of France, I stress “urban”, the active population of young persons, between 5 and 50, will be more than 50% non-European. We could accept it, but you have to realize what is at stake. There are some who might find it normal, even generous, to live in a mixed civilization.
I’ve been French for eighteen centuries, and I would like to stay that way completely. I can accept a certain number of invitations, if you like, but I don’t want a total mixture. I don’t want it.
“Big Other” is a witty term for “political correctness”. Elsewhere, Raspail warns of France turning into “a country of hermit crabs”. Whites under-three are already a minority in the US; is America destined to become a hermit crab country? Robert Putnam has similarly warned that diversity causes people “to pull in like a turtle”.
Reg. Christian morality and mass immigration, David Opperman has written an excellent Biblical defence of “ethno-nationalism”.
My thanks to GalliaWatch for translating from French to English.