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France sees foreign threat: “out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses and its attendant cancel culture”

France sees foreign threat: “out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses and its attendant cancel culture”

There is a lot more at stake than a shout-down of a speaker, or banning of people from Twitter. It’s a national death spiral.

We have covered for a decade the campus shout-downs and shut-downs of speakers, the incessant thought policing, the political correctness run amok, and in recent years, the cancel culture and repression of free expression. We also have documented how the campus culture has migrated to the broader culture, reflected in Big Tech censorship and repression.

It’s not just us noticing the destructive impact of this campus-to-culture phenomenon.

French leaders are worried that the American campus culture poses a threat to the national cohesiveness not just of the Unites States, but of France.

The NY Times reports:

The threat is said to be existential. It fuels secessionism. Gnaws at national unity. Abets Islamism. Attacks France’s intellectual and cultural heritage.

The threat? “Certain social science theories entirely imported from the United States,’’ said President Emmanuel Macron.

French politicians, high-profile intellectuals and journalists are warning that progressive American ideas — specifically on race, gender, post-colonialism — are undermining their society. “There’s a battle to wage against an intellectual matrix from American universities,’’ warned Mr. Macron’s education minister.

Emboldened by these comments, prominent intellectuals have banded together against what they regard as contamination by the out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses and its attendant cancel culture.

The article goes on to note how France is going through a similar situation in its own universities:

Pitted against them is a younger, more diverse guard that considers these theories as tools to understanding the willful blind spots of an increasingly diverse nation that still recoils at the mention of race, has yet to come to terms with its colonial past and often waves away the concerns of minorities as identity politics….

The publication this month of a book critical of racial studies by two veteran social scientists, Stéphane Beaud and Gérard Noiriel, fueled criticism from younger scholars — and has received extensive news coverage. Mr. Noiriel has said that race had become a “bulldozer’’ crushing other subjects, adding, in an email, that its academic research in France was questionable because race is not recognized by the government and merely “subjective data.’’

There is a lot more at stake than a shout-down of a speaker, or banning of people from Twitter. It’s a national death spiral.



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When even 21st century French elitists become alarmed that Marxism is running wild in the US and is now in control of the government…

    To be more precise, Macron is pointing out that the US is the major exporter of the big ideas that are destroying Western Civilization. WE are the global virus. Instead of being insulted, we should wake up and face reality.

    We will soon be in a position where the rest of the world will be forced to unite to put us out of our misery in hopes of ending the madness. Or we could do something about it ourselves but no, that won’t happen. We are bound by our suicide pact constitution.

JusticeDelivered | February 11, 2021 at 9:53 pm

When I was a teen, I thought that De Gaulle’s name was apt, and was not favorably impressed by France’s history and their general attitude.

It is ironic that they see what the Left does not.

    Remember, the left is populated entirely by idiots.

      The Friendly Grizzly in reply to Ironclaw. | February 12, 2021 at 6:46 am

      Then, why do they keep winning?

        Because there are WAY more idiots than right-thinking people.

        Because they cheat!

        If these threads are any indication, it’s because we can’t win. The yellow legal pad geniuses keep “proving” that the US Constitution is a suicide pact rendering any “legal insurrection” to be illegal. You would think the next recourse would be to go back to our founding document, the Declaration of Independence, to find where our rights come from but no, that would be too harsh.

        We spend far too much time in pedantic value-signaling commentary here only too arrive at “we can’t win”. “WE” are our own worst enemy, the enemy within.

        I salute every single patriot who attended that Jan. 6 rally without apology. They should be proud for having the courage to be there. It speaks volumes that the swamp had to stage a violent false flag operation to recast that moment falsely. It worked because too many “conservatives” bailed AGAIN! Trump got even stronger but the self-appointed commentariat cowered away once again babbling again about Trump “going too far”, “jumping the shark” and other nonsense.

        So here we are again having to suffer through why the ONLY path will be to hold our noses to vote for another lesser of two evils. We have our champion. His name is Donald Trump. He is already forming a new party together with an new media. Poll show that there are already more than enough Republicans, Democrats and independents too dwarf the Democratic Party and put the GOP out of business.

        We are winning! Think it! Speak it! Do it! But you won’t hear that here.

          JusticeDelivered in reply to Pasadena Phil. | February 12, 2021 at 11:25 am

          There is a leadership vacuum right now. We are waiting on Trump. I sure as hell am not going to knuckle under to the monstrosity which Dems have become.

          Ideally, both parties should be sidelined, it is not clear to me that we have the numbers necessary to do this.

        People are not willing to make some sacrifices to get the children out of the government schools. They would rather wait for some kind of miracle in which the government changes itself.

Ironic too that France gave us our Statue of Liberty.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Whitewall. | February 12, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Reviewing it again, after 50+ years or so, might alter my opinion on those issues, but I just do not want to take the time to go over it all again.

Call this phenomenon what it plainly is — all manifestations of Dhimmi-crats’/Leftists’ self-congratulatory, pathological narcissism and their vicious totalitarianism.

I can’t argue with the analysis. I guess there’s still some hope for France.

Hillary, the trumpet, has been hacked and taken suspended

“Emboldened by these comments, prominent intellectuals have banded together against what they regard as contamination by the out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses and its attendant cancel culture.”

Yeah, good luck with that. They were so successful in the ’60s and ’70s from keeping their precious language inviolate from pollution by Americanisms. Hand me un hot-dog to eat with mon pop-corn.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to henrybowman. | February 12, 2021 at 6:49 am

    Will you be wearing le bleu-jeans, and enjoying un hot dog on le weekend?


    Excuse moi for le down-ticque, mon amî.

When the French ‘get it’ and you don’t, you are in very, very big trouble.

For the umpteenth time: we have no hope of co-existing as citizens of the same nation as almost half the nation – unless you want to live under a Maoist government.

The time for secession discussions is way, way overdue.

Don’t stress about it: we’ll have a period of adjustment, but we’ll wind up happy as clams. And we’ll witness the dummies who stay behind slaughtered.

The French have a different balance of public (e.g. welfare) and private smoothing functions; but, they are not woke and drowsy (i.e. diversity [dogma]), and they have their experience with the communist-socialist-fascist axis.

I’ve no idea what impact cancel culture has on France but it’s good that there is genuine debate about the merits of the research underpinning some of the themes. An honest and rigorous debate about those underpinnings and how the consequences are framed is vital. Whilst I am clearly on the left compared to many here it is pretty obvious that calling people racist on the basis that they don’t accept your view alongside the cancel culture has a chilling effect on genuine debate. Let along the consequences for individuals who don’t share the viewpoint on an increasingly narrow and tribal doctrine that seems to create a linguistic minefield for everyone no matter the intent of the individuals involved.

    Antifundamentalist in reply to mark311. | February 12, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Sorry about the down vote. I was trying to reply.

    The entire point of calling everything racist is designed precisely to shut down debate. They want to control the narrative and silence all dissenting arguements.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to Antifundamentalist. | February 12, 2021 at 12:39 pm

      While I am not running down all blacks, the truth is that their dominate culture is bad for them and everyone else.

      I would like to see all people succeed, I cannot see how that can happen as long as they collectively refuse to address issues like fatherless children, sky high crime and a large scale failure to nurture children. The only other group that comes close to doing as bad with their children are Muslims, who drive them in becoming homicidal, suscidial, psychotic mass murderers.

      No worries, tis all good kinda used to down votes lol.

When you lost France, your movement is going backwards.

If they still taught history in schools, everyone would be comparing the US Left today to China’s Cultural Revolution, everyone hearing this would immediately understand the dangers, and those that continued on this path would be shunned.

Sadly, few even understand the reference at all, and fewer get why it is such pure evil.

It’s not so much out of control as no adult supervision.

It looks like we may need France to come to the aid of the Patriots in this country once again.

I wouldn’t put to much stock in the theory that one of the “woke” nations in the world, France, now haws reversed itself.

France is the home of the original cancel culture, though it ws based as much on religion as on race. It gave us Muslim No-Go zones. Muslim jihads, a la Charlie Hezbo. Unfettered Muslim immigration. Government and societal cow-towing to Muslim interests within the country. They have embraced a communist party, for years, and seen it grow. They were the poster child for the rising international Populist movement. And, now, with Trump gone, the Deploribles under attack within the US, they are suddenly worries about the Progressive take over of American college campuses and cancel culture? Really?

This is just what the French do best; use anti-American sentiment to their advantage. They were reluctant to do so, during the Trump administration, because he would not have folded like wet cardboard. But, now Macron’s masters are in charge of the USA and he knows that no nation is safe.

This has already been the unwritten rule throughout the industrialized world for decades now.

The deluded younger generations of the industrialized world seem to buy into these lies so easily but no wonder, they have been indoctrinated through public education into every aspect and nuance of these lies. Humanistic philosophy and science, child sacrifice (abortion), pedophilia, sexual deviancy, transgenderism, dependency on government and the panic over climate change are the tenets of this new religion and our institutions of public education are the temples. This fabricated, anti-Bible religion of progressive ideology has already taken over the last two or three generations through the public education systems of the industrialized world. The faculties of which have increasingly been made up of the “priests” of this new morality (against all that is Bible Based) and have proselytized children and young adults into their “progressive religion” right under our noses.

These latest generations are largely reprobate as God describes in Romans, Chap 1. The “Godless” new religion that public education has brainwashed into them has taken strong root and has replaced the God of the Bible completely in their minds. They have been raised by public education to reject the Bible and any Bible-based ideology as racist, homophobic, trans-phobic and xenophobic. Therefore evil and must be done away with.

You see, the left’s fake morality was designed ONLY to provide the wicked with a cloak for their sins. This cloak only hides their deeds from men, never from God and He will recompense.

By the way folks, Your very life is a constant reminder to the wicked of their wickedness and they will either force-convert or eliminate you soon. Prepare yourself.