The Gallic Gadfly – Pascal Bruckner takes on Western guilt, self-loathing, and ‘apocalyptic propaganda’

“In Bruckner’s understanding, tiers mondisme (third worldism) was also a reaction, sentimental and misguided, to guilt over France’s colonial adventure, over its brutality in the Algerian war, over Vichy. Guilt became a guiding preoccupation. In La Tyrannie de la Pénitence: Essai Sur le Masochisme Occidental (2006) (The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism, 2010), he extended his analysis to political correctness, multiculturalism, anti-imperialism, and anti-Americanism—all contemporary manifestations of the guilt and self-loathing that Bruckner believes is crippling France. His description of multiculturalism as a form of “legal apartheid,” which “accords the same treatment to all communities, but not to the people who form them, denying them the freedom to liberate themselves from their own traditions,” became part of a high-profile spat in 2007, when he applied the term to the journalists Ian Buruma and Timothy Garton-Ash, after they expressed reservations about the work of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the outspoken Dutch-Somali critic of Islam—and a former Muslim. “There’s no denying that the enemies of freedom come from free societies,” Bruckner declared.”

h/t Nate

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