2017 has been the year of the hit piece. From cultural figures like Pewdiepie and Milo Yiannopoulos to political figures like Micheal Flynn, Jeff Sessions, and now, Steve Bannon. It now appears that the United States, and perhaps the West as a whole, is done being civil or even attempting to tell the truth about ones political opponents. All things are not equal here, it is the Left who have been using their power in the press to go after and smear those that they disagree with or find offensive.
The latest victim of these hit pieces has been, as I mentioned, Steve Bannon. In a hit piece that was put out by the Huffington Post and then repeated by all of the progressive press, Steve Bannon is quoted as comparing the 2015 migrant crisis to the scenario depicted in the book “The Camp of the Saints” by French author, Jean Raspail. Now, unlike 99% of the progressives reporting this story, I have actually read some of the book “The Camp of the Saints” and I am pretty sure I know exactly what Bannon is talking about. Bannon, who has also probably read this relatively obscure book if he is referring to it, was probably shocked, as I was, by the similarities between the book and what actually happened with the migrant crisis.
The mass migration of non-Western immigrants to Europe in the book, is shockingly similar to what actually happened in 2015. Right down the method by which they would come to Europe, on boats and the number of people coming all at once, 800,000. The real number in Germany in 2015 was about a million but it is amazingly close. So when Bannon refers to the migrant crisis as being an “almost camp of the saints like invasion”, I can only assume that he means the fact that they seemingly all showed up at once in boats and proceeded to invade Europe.
Now most of the criticism I have seen of Bannon is not that he supports all of the ideas of the book, which include killing the immigrants instead of letting them in, but that he would even reference a book that is so widely considered to be “racist”. Now, of course, there is an extra layer of innuendo added where it is implied “why is he even reading or referencing this book, he must be a racist too.” My problem with both of those is that there is an imposition of censorship and thought policing that is inherent in those criticisms.
If I think that 90% of what someone says is nonsense but they have an idea or a plot that fits almost perfectly with something that is happening now, am I not allowed to reference it? Marx had some interesting things to say about globalization and the disappearance of the traditional world, am I not supposed to quote him, even if I and most others find the rest of his ideology to be morally reprehensible and to have led to so much human suffering? If Hitler makes a comparison that is really true and incitful, does that comparison become false merely because it is Hitler who has said it? Let me say this another way, to quote “A man for all seasons”, “Some men think the Earth is round, others think it flat; it is a matter capable of question. But if it is flat, will the King’s command make it round? And, if it is round, will the King’s command flatten it?”
Something is either true or it isn’t. Mr. Raspail’s description of a third world invasion of Europe is, in general, true to what actually happened in 2015. Except the government in his novel responds with troops to repel the invaders and the Europe of reality responded with troops to help them come in. If merely noticing that something is true makes one a racist then all free thinking men and women are racists now. And so be it, for observe how little value that word now holds. We might as well be “philanthropists” and “optometrists” while we’re at it.