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Wednesday, 23 May 2007

The French Republic will meet its Waterloo

There is much more than the economy ailing in France. It is not a society at ease with itself. The cult of the fonctionnaire and the dead hand of the state is the poisoned legacy of 1789. A true national, cultural and spiritual renewal, in the challenging era of the 21st century, cannot be supplied by Nicolas Sarkozy. It was an unusually insightful American commentator, William S Lind, who recently prescribed the remedy: "A few of us, Americans and Frenchmen, know the new politics France needs is really an old, old politics. Its faith is in Christ the King, not cultural Marxism. Its banner is golden lilies on Bourbon white, not the hideous tricolor of revolution."

Most unusually for an American, Lind has divined the cultural trauma afflicting France and the radical solution. Although it may well take several generations yet, the most holistic assertion of national identity would be for France to summon the heir of its ancient kings to the throne of its ancestors.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The heir of its ancient kings to the throne of its ancestors"

Met her at Uni. She is also a cultural Marxist.

Cato

Theodore Harvey said...

Nice to see you guys branching out into non-Anglo royalism! Vive le roi!

There are two possible heirs to the French throne: Henri (VII) d'Orleans (b. 1933) and Louis (XX) de Bourbon (b. 1974. Since neither of them is a "cultural Marxist," and the French throne cannot be inherited by women, I have no idea what your anonymous commentator is talking about.

Beaverbrook said...

There is nothing non-Anglo about someone else meeting their Waterloo. That said, I would like nothing more than to see the Christian Kingdoms of Europe restored to their rightful place. I am not a monarchist from an intellectual perspective, only one from a deeply felt cultural bias. It would be more proper to call me a traditionalist than a monarchist, I think. It is only because Europe's tradition is unequivocally monarchical.

Arthur J. said...

I don't think French culture is really crying out for it; republicanism and all (or most of what) it typically involves - rebellion, self-idolatry, quixotic constitutionalism, etc - is written into the French psyche, and expressed continually in large and small-scale ways (note for instance their typical riotous response to crises).

El Jefe Maximo said...

Gerald Warner's piece is most excellent, and in general I agree with it, including Mr. Lind's close from which you quote, although I, unfortunately, doubt that will happen. I also agree with him about the generally pernicious effects of the French Revolution, but I don't think I agree with his lumping the Empire into that category also. The Empire is best understood as the first attempt to end the Revolution, albeit an unsuccessful one.

Theodore Harvey said...

"If the nation does not want a monarchy, change the nation's mind. If the nation does not need a monarchy, change the nation's needs."
--Jan Christian Smuts (1870-1950), Prime Minister of South Africa

Lord Best said...

As supportive as I would be of a French Restoration, I find the article dubious at best.
We in the English speaking world cannot preach to others about their problems without acknowledging our own. So the British economy is floating along better than that of France, at what cost? Traditional, British civil society has been annihilated in a wave of nihilism and greed. The French have managed to maintain a coherent and stable national culture, one that values tradition and respect. Let us hope they can fix their economic issues without losing their soul. Let us hope Britain, and the English speaking world in general, can regain its soul without destroying its prosperity.

Anonymous said...

If you people actually believe there is even an infinitesimal chance of France ever again becoming a monarchy, you are smoking crack.

I'm happy to be a monarchist and associated with the cause, but this kind of weed-smoking is just embarrassing.

Walsingham

Scott said...

Though monarchists are very much a specialised kind of hobbyist in France - rather than the mainstream, serious, worthwhile pillar and cause that monarchism forms in Anglo civilisation - I see no harm in offering support. Even if only with a winsome laugh.

I do agree it sounds a little like the noises someone might make after tripping head-long into a basket full of heroine needles, but why not?

Patrice de Montréal said...

To be quite honest, I hope for the return of French monarchy but will it really happen? In France, they have far more important problems like putting their economy back on track and get rid of a socialist system that goes absolutely nowhere. I'm a monarchist, my flag is that Fleurdelysée shown in that article (which means I'm a damned frenchie!). Long live the king, Henri VII or Louis XX.

Tom said...

Actually HE is not a Marxist. HE is a traditional Roman Catholic.

Thanks for playing, sports fan.

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

It would be nice to see restoration in France. While I am not an expert on French culture, I suspect the fortunes of the French monarchy or would-be monarchy will depend upon the strength of Roman Catholicism in the country. If there were a revival of Catholic piety, Republicanism might fall from favour.

Anonymous said...

I believe France's problems stemmed from the barbarism of the French revolution. Louis XVI was a good, Chrsitian man who I believed would have made a great constitutional monarch. He was well read and loved science and technology. Unfortunately no men of reason stirred the crowds in 1789. Hating,blood thirsty savages who ended up killing scores of innocent Frenchmen only to be followed by the great usurper Napoleon who killed millions. France would never be the same. The rag flag continues to desecrate the noble architecture of France. That most beautiful of flags, Les Lys de France is still flying in the hearts of French monarchists.