The book The Camp of the Saints was written by Jean Raspail and published in 1975. It’s a particularly foul piece of book-length bigoted polemic soaked in purple language, making it a far from pleasant read if you’re not part of the alt-right.
The basic plot is that Europe has been hollowed out by its loss of faith, loss of civilizational will and loss of white pride while being ashamed of its racist and genocidal past. Then 1 million Indians turn up in a sea going version of Genghis Khan’s horde and proceed to conquer the continent (i.e. France because we all know France represents Europe) while raping every white woman in sight and eating as much shit as they can, all the while grubbing in the dirt like animals.
Here are some quotes.
“The old professor understood. That scorn of a people for other races, the knowledge that one’s own is best, the triumphant joy at feeling oneself to be part of humanity’s finest — none of that had ever filled these [white] youngsters’ brains, or at least so little that the monstrous cancer [of treating people with a different skin colour as individuals] implanted in the Western conscience had quashed it in no time at all.”
“Retaliation took many forms. … A hundred nice French girls, teaching school in Algeria, were suddenly hauled into the hospital and spread on the stirrups to be plumbed and explored by a squad of medical student commandos, whipped up to a frenzy. Two of them died as a result…”
“But in time, very slowly, the flesh [aboard the ships] began to seethe. … Perhaps it was the heat… . Most of all, the natural drive of a people who never found sex to be sin. … [E]verywhere, a mass of hands and mouths, of phalluses and rumps. … Young boys, passed from hand to hand. Young girls, barely ripe … waking to the silent play of eager lips. … Men with women, men with men, women with women, men with children… . And so, in a welter of dung and debauch — and hope as well — the Last Chance Armada pushed on toward the West.”
“Sure ‘nough boss,” one red-spattered black said, “we can sure ‘nough do one more at least…” The white man felt no more pain than any of the other pigs on the line. Stunned, hoisted, slaughtered. … [Hung from a hook, the murdered boss’ body] caused … no special disgust [among the black workers]. They had seen such things before, after all. At market, in the Congo.”
“Lydie … died in Nice, in a whorehouse for Hindus… . At the time, each refugee quarter had its stock of white women, all free for the taking. (One of the new regime’s laws, in fact. In order to “demythify” white women, as they put it.) … [In the end, Lydie, along with other white female sex slaves, is confined by the “Hindus” to their] “White Female Practice and Experimentation Center.”
“[F]irst to land were the monsters, the grotesque little beggars from the streets of Calcutta. As they groveled through the wet sand like a pack of basset hounds, or a herd of clumsy seals exploring an unfamiliar shore, with their snorts and grunts of joy, they looked like an army of little green men from some remote planet. … Yes, the country [France] would suit them fine. No question.”
Many people on the Far-Right/Alt-Right love this book and use it as an allegory for what has been happening in Europe since the upsurge in migrant flows in 2015 (these flows have been coming for years, 2015 was just a peak). They see Europe’s identity – and by extension the whole West’s – as tied to the superior characteristics of the white race, which is now under threat of being swallowed up by a brown skinned tide of dirty sub-humanity who are invading the white ancestral homelands to fill in the spaces left by Europe’s declining birth rates, hammering the final nail in the white coffin by screwing every white girl they can find to produce lots of mixed race children.
The problem with this view is that not only is it undoubtedly xenophobic, nihilistic and over-simplified, it actually harms the debate on immigration, multiculturalism and integration that we in Britain and Europe need to have.
First of all, the book and its adherents tie race and culture together completely, never allowing for any nuance and leaving no room for facts to get in the way.
Some of these facts include the fact that not all white people are heroic individuals endowed with god-like mental and physical abilities. Who knew? Neither are all British or European people of an ethnic minority background all hate filled barbarians who refuse to integrate, who instead want to take the white man’s birthright by force if necessary, in the meantime leeching off the welfare state, rioting or abusing white people. Really? I would never have guessed.
For example, Nigerian immigrants to the USA do better economically than both black and white Americans. What happened to the barbarity and lack of civilised behaviour that all black people are supposed to have? Why aren’t they turning America into a 3rd world hell-hole? Aren’t they all meant to perform sacrifices or something?
Let’s take another example, this time from the UK. Many Indian immigrants to the UK actually do better economically not only than the white British population, but also many other immigrant populations. Same with East Asian immigrants, and now also black Britons in school, who do better than white working class boys. What happened to the inherent superiority of the white people? What happened to the supposed moral turpitude and deviancy of the Indians portrayed in the novel? Weren’t they supposed to take over Britain? Why did they integrate and become upstanding members of our communities? Weren’t they meant to destroy all that?
Of course, there are also examples of immigrants from successful groups that don’t do so well and cause problems for society. Just like with most other groups. Again, who would’ve thought?
It seems to me that what is most important is culture, not race. The idea that people of a different skin colour will never fit into British or American life and never hold their values because their skin colour is a clue to their intellectual, moral and behavioural deficiency is just plain wrong, intellectually and morally.
The problem that this book represents, and the rhetoric from like minded people who hold similar views on race and immigration, is that it and the rhetoric that stems from these views are used as a club by the regressive Left to tar anyone who has questions about immigration as it currently stands in Britain and Europe today.
Even today, to question the numbers of people from different cultures to our own moving to Europe or the UK is still seen as a sign of secret bigotry that says you don’t want a lot of brown skinned people moving into your country because they’re brown. For a few this may be true, but for most people, the concern is not necessarily the colour of immigration itself but the speed and scale. Indeed, many immigrants to the UK also say how concerned they are with the speed and scale of the influx. Human societies are bound together through strong feelings towards the Oikos, or your local community, starting at the level of the family, moving up to the tribe, then the region, then the nation, which is the largest group size we as people can still feel some level of kinship and loyalty to.
These feelings of preference for people like you, in terms of values and ideas and beliefs, is built into us on an evolutionary basis, and should not be discounted lightly. Of course, this idea directly flies in the face of the “blank slate” theory on human nature popular among the Left, that states that everything about human behaviour is learned rather than evolved, and thus there is no human nature. Steven Pinker destroyed this idea in the book The Blank Slate, but still, it persists.
The fact is that the nation-state is the largest social entity to have existed that successfully binds people together through the bonds of mutual attachment, understanding and cooperation while facilitating their existence and growth as sacrosanct individuals. These bonds, even at the level of family, clan or tribe, are an extremely fragile ecosystem that binds us together and gives us a sense of belonging. If something drastic happens to disrupt this, then everyone feels like the ground is shaking beneath their feet and that the world is tipping over into the chaos unknown. This is the major downside to globalisation and the increased immigration that accompanies it.
This is the biggest problem with the speed and scale of immigration that Europe and Britain have experienced over the last 20 or so years. It has happened so fast and on such a scale that a lot of people (including immigrants themselves) haven’t had time to completely come to terms with how the social dynamic of the nation-state, their largest conception of what community is, has changed, and as such they feel like everything’s shaking around them. This is arguably why you’re seeing the regrettable and potentially worrying rise in nationalism across Europe, because at one level it is a reaction against the problems that stem from the amorphous entity of the EU which many people feel little to no attachment to, and at another level it is a reaction against the “global community”, an idea so vast and amorphous in scope that most people cannot truly comprehend it and feel no attachment to it whatsoever.
Unfortunately, in reaction to the sense of chaos that globalisation brings, nationalism leads to a lack, ultimately, of intellectual diversity through homogeneity, thus sacrificing any dynamism and opportunities to learn from those different from you. A totally nationalist state is a dead entity; it never evolves or progresses. Globalisation and Nationalism are both sides of the same coin; each brings their own problems, but the trick is not to fall into the trap of excess chaos (total globalisation) or excess order (total nationalism). Both are catastrophic paths to follow.
Multiculturalism is arguably part of this path towards chaos. Along with the questions about the size and scale of inflows of immigration that result from the increased globalisation of our world, there are serious questions about the policies and attitudes towards multiculturalism as it has been practised since its height in the 1990’s. As we have seen, it has encouraged ethnic or religious minority groups to cluster in their own cultural enclaves, having little contact with the outside world and with people of different worldviews and beliefs, leading to a country where different communities lead parallel lives. This is no good for anyone, as it breaks the bonds that hold a nation together as the people inhabiting its borders revert to a form of tribalism, a tribalism originally from good intentions and enforced by political correctness.
Part of the failure of the liberal-international elites that have been in power over the last 25 years in many Western nations like Britain is their failure to fully articulate what our values are. To my mind, these include property rights, the division between Church and State, the rule of the common law before which everyone is equal, freedom of speech, freedom of association, freedom of religion and freedom from overt governmental imposition in our lives. If our leaders articulated this and created an atmosphere that allowed civil society to do the same, they would give the new incomers something to join and assimilate to, which would be better for everyone, immigrant and non-immigrant alike.
In the case of those who come to our countries and don’t wish to assimilate at all while holding on to their extremely culturally regressive attitudes, our elites have failed not only to articulate the values that we used to take for granted but to be firm in defending those values in the face of those who view them with scorn, distrust and outright hostility, as recent surveys showing large value discrepancies between a proportion of the British Muslim community and the rest of the country demonstrate. The problem is that many of our elites no longer take the values that grew with Western civilisation seriously anymore, instead viewing them as relics of a past based on oppression and exclusion, and view the propagation of these values as a form of racism in itself, as it is a form of cultural imperialism. Instead, our elites want to govern based on moral compulsion under the law backed up in civil society by fear of seeming culturally insensitive. The fact that this displays a shockingly condescending view of non-white British and European people is seldom mentioned.
The approach to multiculturalism that we’ve seen in the West these last 25 years has led to a breakdown in assimilation, as it has been viewed as racist to insist that some elements of some cultures do not fit our Western way of life. One cultural practice that springs to mind and which is seldom talked about let alone condemned is female genital mutilation. After all, if hacking off a girl’s clitoris is “their” culture who are we rich, cultured, sophisticated white people to say otherwise? Never mind the pain and suffering it causes to those who go through it, it’s their culture so we can’t interfere. This abdication of responsibility is disgusting because it is basically a statement of the belief that those with brown skin aren’t able to enjoy the benefits of our culture because that is not their culture and to protect them with the benefits of our culture would be neo-colonialist. This is the horrifying bigotry of low expectations.
These questions have only become more pressing in the last couple of years since the sharp uptick in migrant flows entering Europe from Africa and the Middle East in the summer of 2015. The scale and speed of the migrant flows were so large and fast that no country that has taken in significant numbers of migrants and refugees has been successful in integrating them. Germany suffered mass sex attacks in Cologne over New Year’s 2016 and continues to see social problems to the present day, as does Sweden which has seen the number of rapes and violent crimes go through the roof, with unrest in migrant areas of the big cities continuing to this day. Meanwhile, Paris suffered a terror attack in November 2015, where one of the perpetrators had come into Europe on a fake passport specifically to carry out the attack, has suffered more terror attacks since and still remains in a state of emergency.
The societal problems that we have seen over the last year or so have been bubbling underneath the surface for a long time now, and the migrant crisis was just the catalyst that brought them to the surface. Recent events have shown that our leaders and elites have failed in pursuing their policies of multiculturalism in response to mass immigration. They still refuse to see the problems that have come from their unwillingness to look the problems of cultural segregation in the face and deal with them honestly, instead preferring to label anyone who raises doubts or questions the wisdom of their actions as racist, xenophobic and bigoted.
The Camp of the Saints was written by a racist who saw culture and skin colour as inextricably linked. If our leaders don’t want the people of Europe to start looking for answers to their legitimate questions by looking to the fringes of politics where the answers to these issues range from unsavoury to borderline or downright fascist, then they need to wake up.
If they don’t want political leaders who embody the spirit of The Camp of the Saints then they must confront the issues that they have avoided for too long. For the good of everyone, both indigenous European and immigrant. Otherwise, because of multiculturalism and the growth in identity politics on the Left and Right, we are on the road to tribal violence based along ethnic, cultural and religious lines. And it will be horrific for everyone, no matter their race, religion of culture.