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Commenter Wilkey points out: America has a lot of ways of enforcing blasphemy taboos as well, such as being forced out of your job (e.g., James D. Watson, Jason Richwine, Brandon Eich, etc.), public humiliations, leaking confidential conversations, and so forth. A belief in magic is almost mandatory these days.
Since there doesn't seem to be much in the English language press yet on French exit polls, and because France is, whether Jonah Goldberg likes it or not, a big deal, here are some polling results. A commenter writes:The important stuff: Sarkozy got 59% of the Catholics and Hollande got 93% of the Muslims. The article... Read More
A French reader writes:Source :
The WikiLeaks' State Dept. cables revealed so far have been mildly entertaining. For example, American diplomats reported on President Sarkozy of France (according to the NYT):“Combined, these stories have bolstered the impression that Sarkozy is operating in a zone of monarch-like impunity,” said an Oct. 21, 2009, cable. In December 2009, Mr. Rivkin told Mrs. Clinton:... Read More
Christopher Caldwell's Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam, and the West is an important and surprising book. Granted, readers won't see much that's new. In essence, Caldwell's Reflections is a Brimelovian vindication of Enoch Powell, the brilliant Tory who warned against immigration in a prescient (and thus notorious) 1968 speech that began... Read More
A half dozen or so years ago, during the debate over which city should host the 2008 Olympics, I was against China getting it, for all the reasons being bandied about today -- lack of free speech, lack of democracy, oppression of Tibet, and air pollution. If the Chinese government wanted the Olympics so much,... Read More
The endemic disorder in France's North African and sub-Saharan African suburbs (unlike Americans in the 1960s, the French refused to flee their beloved cities) is peaking once again, with rioters now using shotguns to blast away at the police.It's hard to get a straight story out of France about the riots. It was widely assumed... Read More
The French have so assiduously cultivated their knack for glib philosophizing that most Americans less credulous than professors of English literature have lost all interest in French intellectual life. They sense that the French are more interested in expounding noveltiesthan truths. This state of affairs is doubly unfortunate. That handful of contemporary French thinkers who... Read More
In the NYT, Elaine Sciolino explains "New Leaders Say Pensive French Think Too Much." "Pensive" isn't the right word, since it implies the French have unexpressed thoughts, but it is pretty funny: In proposing a tax-cut law last week, Finance Minister Christine Lagarde bluntly advised the French people to abandon their “old national habit.”“France is... Read More
A number of readers have sent in this article from Der Spiegel: New [French] immigration minister, Brice Hortefeux, confirmed on Wednesday that the government is planning to offer incentives to more immigrants to return home voluntarily. "We must increase this measure to help voluntary return. I am very clearly committed to doing that," Hortefeux said... Read More
Everywhere you read that the North African and black thugs who have been rioting in France for the last fortnight are the victims of French"racism" and "discrimination". For example, in the New York Post (November 8, 2005), the neoconservative columnist Ralph Peters declaimed: "French abuse of Arab and African minorities — mostlyMuslims — made it... Read More
I have numerous correspondents of South Asian descent. One of the most perceptive and independent-minded sent me his thoughts on Jean-Marie Le Pen's defeat of the Socialist Prime Minister Lionel Jospin in the first round of the French Presidential election. He points out that Le Pen's long opposition to Muslim immigration has been proved prescient... Read More
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Steve Sailer is a journalist, movie critic for Taki's Magazine, columnist, and founder of the Human Biodiversity discussion group for top scientists and public intellectuals.

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