“I use the term, “The Beast,” to describe the moral-induced inability to confront something like an unarmed invasion.”
Jean Raspail; Camp of the Saints
NOTE: This is an updated version of an essay I had previously published. Its message provides one of increasing importance as illustrated by the headline stories below.
Headlines (11/23/23) offered:
“Can Europe Become Western Again?”… Victor Davis Hanson
“Gang of African migrants goes on a stabbing spree in rural France.”
These types of moments were not lacking in a literary history. Fifty years ago, almost to the day, the Frenchman, Jean Raspail, published his controversial novel, The Camp of The Saints. His book was meaningful then and has maintained its impact. Renaud Camus wrote in The New York Times, “People now buy ‘The Camp of the Saints’ because they want to read the book written by the writer who saw what would happen before everybody else.”
Raspail offered a prescient warning of the world that he saw just ahead. A world that is now emerging all around us. It is disturbing and challenging and can, perhaps, be only compared to Orwell’s, 1984, in its purpose of message…a message of warning.
Raspail’s story is about an invasion of France by boat loads of millions of illegal immigrants, and the small group of Frenchmen who defended against them. The migrants forcibly occupy houses owned by French citizens, kill factory owners who had hired them, and rape women and girls. The plot extends beyond France: In London, the existing population leaves the city in droves while millions of illegal immigrants, camp in the streets. In New York City, the mayor had to share his official residence with migrant families. Millions of others in the East, wait for their moment to enter the porous borders of Europe.
But as Raspail notes in the introduction, his story is a parable- “A parable of the destructive Third World immigration in the West that has been going on since the latter part of the 20th Century.” More importantly, it is about the West’s lack of will to resist. The novel clearly states that being a Westerner is NOT a matter of race, but a “state of mind;” a matter of culture.
“The Camp of the Saints” gained attention in the United States when, as a Senate aide before Mr. Trump became president, Stephen Miller, who became the president’s immigration adviser, wrote often of the novel’s importance. The former Trump strategist Steve Bannon also once asserted that European countries were being confronted with an “invasion” that resembled the one described in “The Camp of the Saints.”
In fact, there is no other book like this—no other book that explores the all-to-real possibility…no, likelihood… that has either been ignored or misunderstood by the Western World. It is a vivid portrayal of a deepening future scenario — an enormous clash of the world’s cultures that would occur, is occurring, through mass, unchecked, immigration.
You are aware that despite the laws and regulations of the United States, over the past fifty years, 40 million immigrants have illegally crossed the border from the South. They have overburdened our schools, medical services and social safety nets. They openly march in the streets demanding citizenship and more benefits as if it was their right. While all these events take place, it is dangerous for anyone to speak out…dangerous for fear of being labeled by the government, ones’ neighbors or the media… as a right-wing racist or person devoid of compassion. Europe will be the first to fall, as it always has in times of world-wide chaos. North America will be the last because of its isolation…but it too will fall. This is a complex book that deals with, not just one, but many of the immensely perplexing issues of our time…race…ethnicity…class warfare—politics… but, most importantly, culture.
By the end of Raspail’s book you should find yourself focused more on culture than ethnicity. In fact, as the story climaxes, one of the more heroic defenders of France against the invaders is a Frenchman of Indian ethnicity. He is simply a French patriot defending his country, and the fact that he has dark skin matters not at all because he is French first. Why should he not defend his country against an invasion? Why shouldn’t we?
Most Frenchmen, of course, could never do this, feeling a strange guilt at the very idea of fighting “poor third world people”…even if they are conquering France. The author uses the term “The Beast” to describe this moral-induced inability to confront something like an unarmed invasion, even when it is evident the result will be much worse than what the Third Reich brought with their panzers and Luftwaffe. Raspail certainly could have been describing 21st century America.
Not surprisingly, from the book’s first printing in French, Jean Raspail was vilified with the usual “ist” words: racist, fascist, capitalist, and extremist. But as the increasing number of migrants heading for Europe, and now America demonstrates, the “ist” phrase that best describes Raspail’s critics may prove to be… “ceased to exist.”
The hordes coming through Mexico are merely a probe. They are an organized attempt to explore our willingness and ability to defend our borders. If they are increasingly successful there should be little doubt that their current flood will turn into a tsunami; a tsunami that threatens to sweep away all that America has ever represented…. its culture…its values…and then…its future. For emphasis…this has nothing to do with race. It has everything to do with culture.