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The New Vichy Syndrome: Why European Intellectuals Surrender to Barbarism Kindle Edition
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Robert A. Hall
Author: "The Coming Collapse of the American Republic"
On the cover, one reviewer notes that Dalrymple is "erudite, witty, unfashionably blunt and, above all, wise." This is a perfect description of the author and cannot be improved upon. It is important to understand the author to understand the book because he writes from a highly personal perspective without the usual citations of sociological works. Some would criticize this perspective, but Dalrymple never claims to be scientific; he only claims to be so self-evidently right that his positions require no supporting footnotes.
So what perspective can you expect from this book then? On page 83, while discussing his dual role as a Brit and as a member of the the European Union he admits "my nation now specializ[es] in the breeding up of charmless drunken screaming vulgarians." That's pretty blunt. He calls tattoos a "savage and stupid form of self-mutilation". He notes that all four groups of Sunni Muslims sentence converts to Christianity to death. (And that's the moderate Muslims?) He condemns political correctness saying we are "pass[ing] laws to preserve sensitive bigots from hurt feelings."
Excellent and forthright sentiments, I know, but this book actually has less of that than his previous books which I found to be better and more straightforward. The author has retired and so has less anecdotes from his suicidal, promiscuous, felonious slackers in his practice making this book drier than his previous efforts.
As you read the current European headlines from the economic troubles of Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Great Britain - and as you read of the re-assertion of Russian control over Eastern Europe with events like the Katyn Forest II massacre that killed nearly every anti-communist Pole, all of whom just happened to be carrying zip drives with the codes allowing Russia to know the location of every single NATO asset - you can only be amazed at the prescience of the author noting the fall of his civilization.
The author notes multiple factors that are making the Europeans surrender just as the Vichy French did in WWII (thus the title). They include demographic changes like unregulated immigration of Muslims and a failing birthrate of the native Europeans, loss of religious belief, loss of nationalism, loss of work ethic, loss of historical perspective, Marxism and the like. None of these are new, but Dalrymple states them with a certainty that avoids trying to not offend every possible reader. Dalrymple is not religious, by the way, but his brand of secular humanism is quite conservative in many ways.
Another aspect that the reader may or may not find interesting is that the incredibly literate author often uses literature from Shakespeare to Bertrand Russell to make his points. Your average college-educated American would be completely lost trying to understand his allusions unless they avoided Psychology 101, Feminist rantings, and Appreciation of Television and actually studied some real literature and humanities.
All in all, not his best book, but certainly thoughtful reading given the current news from Europe.
Dalrymple assails many myths and fallacies but I enjoyed the brutal tear down of the population bomb where a majority posits usurpation by a minority due to disparity in birth rates. The author discredits this view by sighting his own experiences prognosticating in scholarly journals on similar matters, then after a few decades, seeing that the variable changed and the feared outcome never arrived.
Common sense answers to apocalyptic visions of societal change coupled with a deep sense of history and Dalyrmple's own understanding of humanity imbue this work with clarity and, at least in my first take, a sense that the rumored clash of civilizations requires intellectuals to stand up and point out errant practices as such in order to maintain our civil society. Doing so, and necessarily abandoning cultural relativism, will not resurrect aberrations in spite of the specters of colonialism and fascism that populate the history of Europe and the fears of the elite.