You'll never guess which major European country's scholars and political officials are attacking woke identity politics (

If you’d asked me to identify which major European country was seeing powerful intellectual and political forces attacking woke racial ideology and the American campuses pushing it, I would have guessed Poland or Russia.  Nope, it’s a country American conservatives generally mock and resent: France.  The very same France that conservatives regularly deride as “cheese-eating surrender monkeys,” picking up a line from The Simpsons that was popularized by Jonah Goldberg (who has since gone full NeverTrump).

But Norimitsu Ohnishi of The New York 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. (snip)

Mr. Macron’s education minister, Jean-Michel Blanquer, accused universities, under American influence, of being complicit with terrorists by providing the intellectual justification behind their acts.

A group of 100 prominent scholars wrote an open letter supporting the minister and decrying theories “transferred from North American campuses” in Le Monde.

If you have access to material behind the Times’ paywall, by all means, read and savor the unexpected alliance that France’s movers and shakers are implicitly forging with American conservatives.  The article does include critics of the move, but it leaves the definite impression that the ideas that we loathe are facing greater pushback in France than anywhere else in the advanced economies.

Why on Earth would a country that in the past has been held out as an example of progressive social policies turn against wokism?  Onishi supplies part of the answer:

France has long laid claim to a national identity, based on a common culture, fundamental rights and core values like equality and liberty, rejecting diversity and multiculturalism. The French often see the United States as a fractious society at war with itself.

France’s power elite (and in France, intellectuals have far more influence than in the United States — one reason why lefties here tend to adore it), struggling to maintain the fiction that French culture is a global peer of the Anglosphere, do tend to reject anything American (even as the popular culture embraces American phenomena from McDonald’s to rock ‘n’ roll).  And since the leftist takeover of American campuses outdistances  their victories in other advanced countries, wokism is identified as a Yankee import and thus raises nationalist hackles.  The protective fervor that French people feel for their culture is now being directed against a foreign (American) ideology that threatens French identity….[    ]

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new age
9 months ago

I applaud the French … wish our president and academics would wake up and see how toxic this equity nonsense is to our society, economy, and culture.

9 months ago

Don’t laud the French too much for accidentally being right in this instance. They are the ultimate “collectivists” going back long before Derrida to Rousseau. Only individuals taking individual responsibility for their actions can save us from this woke mess.

9 months ago

This is beyond ironic as the French are the ones who started this whole mess. Postmodern, NeoMarxist French philosophers such as Derrida began this effed-up wokism rooted in identity politics. Now, they are bailing after causing this societal crisis. Typical.

Thanks for nothin’.

9 months ago

Pedo Joe is a weak woke loser. You can expect Muslim extremists to be given a home here in the new Halal America

9 months ago

BS. They created 1930’s socialist Germany: Volkisch Equality

9 months ago

When the French and Russian president make more sense than American politicians, you know we are in trouble. 



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