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Les Intellos Speak: For French elites, Bush’s re-election signals the start of fascism in America.
City Journal ^ | November 11, 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple

Posted on 11/11/2004 5:43:19 PM PST by quidnunc

The French press has greeted the re-election of President Bush less than enthusiastically. On the morning after the result became known, the left-wing daily Liberation’s headline was L’EMPIRE EMPIRE: THE EMPIRE GETS WORSE. (The day before, it ran a picture of George Bush on its front page, with the headline, THE MAN TO BEAT.) The liberal Le Monde’s reporting was more measured, but its editorial began: “It goes without saying that the re-election of George Bush is bad news.” These are the only two newspapers that count for les intellos, the intellectuals, in a country with the lowest readership of newspapers in the western world.

The choice before the American public, according to the commentary in the two newspapers, was between reason and religion, tolerance and bigotry, cosmopolitanism and xenophobia, openness and close-mindedness, modernity and reaction. There are no prizes for guessing which of the candidates represented the former, and which the latter. For intellectuals, everyone’s mind is closed but their own.

An interview with Olivier Todd, published in Liberation, was typical. Todd is a highly intelligent and well-informed commentator, a demographer by training who predicted the downfall of the Soviet Union in the early 1970s, when most people thought of that nation and its bloc as a permanent fixture of the geopolitical landscape. It took some courage on his part to swim so strongly against the current of the time, and he proved one of the select few to understand the Soviet Union’s weakness. Now he is predicting the demise of the United States as the only great power.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: anthonydaniels; dalrymple; france; french; theodoredalrymple

1 posted on 11/11/2004 5:43:19 PM PST by quidnunc
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To: quidnunc

Of course the average Jacque is not a bad feller. But they have allowed the elite, effeminate, socialists to dominate their civic life. They have been in decline since Waterloo.


2 posted on 11/11/2004 5:49:54 PM PST by pissant
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To: quidnunc
“In deepening inequalities, ultra-liberalism has profoundly transformed American society, fragmented and atomized it, filling it with uncertainties and fear. It has prepared the ground in which Bush’s nationalist, xenophobic, religious and militarist discourse can flourish.”

Suspiciously sounds like France.

3 posted on 11/11/2004 5:51:21 PM PST by Shermy
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To: quidnunc

Someone email Germany. Tell them they can go ahead and HAVE France.


4 posted on 11/11/2004 5:55:36 PM PST by weegee (WE FOUGHT ZOGBYISM November 2, 2004 - 60 Million Voters versus 60 Minutes - BUSH WINS!!!)
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To: quidnunc

These french Hyper-Neo-Nazis are pissing me off.


5 posted on 11/11/2004 5:58:00 PM PST by Porterville (IT'S GOOD TO BE REPUBLICAN- ASK ME HOW)
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To: quidnunc
a country with the lowest readership of newspapers in the western world.

Didn't know this about the French. Sweet.

6 posted on 11/11/2004 6:00:37 PM PST by T. Buzzard Trueblood (“Our country will be back in our hands in a very short time." Michael Moore, June 2004)
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To: quidnunc
For French elites, Bush’s re-election signals the start of fascism in America.

If we're truly turning fascist, then we should expect the French surrender in about, oh...4...3...2...1...

7 posted on 11/11/2004 6:01:18 PM PST by Prime Choice (Hey-hey! Ho-ho! Arlen Specter's gotta go!)
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To: Shermy; quidnunc; weegee; Porterville; Grampa Dave; Happy2BMe; MeekOneGOP; devolve

France: "Fascism? No problem."

8 posted on 11/11/2004 6:01:57 PM PST by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: quidnunc
Funny, I never heard that this guy predicted the Reagan Revolution. IN FACT. I would bet you this guy would have voted against Reagan, if he had the chance
9 posted on 11/11/2004 6:09:07 PM PST by Cutterjohnmhb
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To: quidnunc

Liberation is a communist newspaper.


10 posted on 11/11/2004 6:11:02 PM PST by expatpat
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To: quidnunc

Whooee...I'd say certain intellectualoids are just a little bit overwrought here. They ought to get out more.


11 posted on 11/11/2004 6:15:21 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: All; aculeus; general_re; Billthedrill

IIRC, "The dark night of fascism is always about to descend on America, and always lands on Europe."


12 posted on 11/11/2004 6:23:50 PM PST by dighton
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To: quidnunc

Strange comment from Vichy France, supporters of Saddam Hussein and Arafat - but to be expected from a bunch of collaborators.


13 posted on 11/11/2004 6:33:26 PM PST by DianeDePoitiers
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To: dighton

Forget "Liberation", what did "Paris Match" have to say about Bush's reelection?


14 posted on 11/11/2004 6:33:55 PM PST by Ciexyz (Bush still rules. The sun shines over America.)
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To: Ciexyz

http://www.parismatch.com/site/indexfs.html


15 posted on 11/11/2004 7:47:20 PM PST by aculeus
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To: dighton; general_re; Billthedrill
IIRC, "The dark night of fascism is always about to descend on America, and always lands on Europe."

Not to mention their racism, anti-semitism, inter-class hatred, etc.

16 posted on 11/11/2004 7:49:58 PM PST by aculeus
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To: quidnunc

"Bush’s re-election signals the start of fascism in America"

If this is true, then I guess our relations with the froggies can be expected to improve dramatically, soon.


17 posted on 11/11/2004 7:56:27 PM PST by hinckley buzzard (I, the Jury)
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To: weegee

Nah, it will be so much fun watching the frogs plant trees for "Our " boys so that we can march in the shade!


18 posted on 11/11/2004 8:06:13 PM PST by weshess (I will stop hunting when the animals agree to quit jumping in front of my gun to commit suicide)
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To: dighton; aculeus

It's times like this that I actually kind of sort of miss LaBelleDameSansBrains - there's just nobody left to stick up for the frogs any more... ;)


19 posted on 11/11/2004 8:07:49 PM PST by general_re (Drive offensively - the life you save may be your own.)
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To: quidnunc
Bush’s re-election signals the start of fascism in America.

So we should look forward to France's military surrending within the next few weeks and full collaboration by the French nation as a whole?
20 posted on 11/11/2004 8:10:01 PM PST by swilhelm73 (I voted for Bush. You're welcome.)
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To: quidnunc
Uh huh. That is why Buchanan is so much more successful at the polls than le Pen is, and why Heidegger and his children have so much more influence on intellectual life in the US than they have in France.
21 posted on 11/11/2004 8:18:20 PM PST by JasonC
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To: aculeus

Thanks for the Paris Match link. I didn't find any opinion on Bush's reelection, but I did find an interview with him. It was too much like British journalism, all chit-chatty with very little substance (at least the pre-interview part of the article).


22 posted on 11/11/2004 8:26:39 PM PST by exDemMom (Victory! Victory! Victory!)
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To: quidnunc
Assclowns. This from "Vichy".
23 posted on 11/11/2004 8:29:32 PM PST by Dan from Michigan ("No time for losers, cause we are the champions...of the world!!!")
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To: PhilDragoo

Exactly.


24 posted on 11/11/2004 9:09:09 PM PST by Sabatier
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To: quidnunc
Of course since France is a one party state where a corrupt oligarchy is propped up by a State Run Media, I guess they would be far more expert on what a Fascists state looks like any American would.
25 posted on 11/11/2004 10:19:07 PM PST by MNJohnnie (We got the mandate, now let's GOVERN!)
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To: quidnunc

Aw geez, now we are going to have them trying to collaborate.


26 posted on 11/11/2004 10:21:26 PM PST by Natural Law
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To: quidnunc

Hasn't Sharia law taken over there yet?


27 posted on 11/11/2004 11:01:59 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: PhilDragoo

That picture throws the Fascism charge back into the Fascist Frogs Faces!


28 posted on 11/11/2004 11:36:27 PM PST by Grampa Dave (FNC/ABCNNBCBS & the MSM fishwraps are the Rathering Fraudcasters of America!)
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To: quidnunc

In about twenty hyears the Frenh intellos will be useful aa homsexueal catchers for the Islamic team.


29 posted on 11/11/2004 11:38:24 PM PST by FreedomSurge
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