Dear France, America here. Hey, France, we’re sorry about this nonsense that just happened.
Actually we’re double sorry. Obviously, the ultimate cause here is the communist quisling government we inflicted on you in ’45. The communists imported the Arabs; the Arabs did what they did. We regret having to state the obvious, but that’s life under communism for you.
We’re doing what we can about our own communists. Which isn’t much right now. But why wait for us? Did Walesa wait for Solzhenitsyn? What, is Obama going to invade you? Like Brezhnev? Trust me, Obama is no Brezhnev.
Hey, France! Don’t let a crisis go to waste! Here’s another secret from America: always and everywhere, there’s no gradual or relative victory for the Right. There’s only absolute victory in one step. Catch the wave! You have to surf; you don’t get to just paddle in. Catch any wave you can, or keep on dying.
The Left, whose mission is destruction, can take as long as it wants to tear down civilization. It can even tolerate brief remissions. It toys with nations like a cat with a mouse. But Right, whose mission is preservation, restoration, creation, must work coherently in a single step.
There’s a kind of laser called a femtosecond laser. For one quadrillionth of a second, it’s brighter than the sun. If you are acting politically on the basis of reason and reality, rather than instinct and emotion, you are not starting a fire; you are building a femtosecond laser.
The last chapter of Maistre’s masterpiece explains the process of practical counterrevolution more or less perfectly. In theory, being French and not a barbarian, you have nothing to learn from us. But since your government is an American satellite state, we may know your enemy better than you know him.
Anyway, here’s my simple manifesto for practical regime change. In an ideal world, a million Frenchmen meet in Paris and enforce these demands, basically now. It’s not an ideal world and this won’t happen — but shouldn’t we know where we want to go?
One: the Fifth Republic has failed and is terminated. All state authority is transferred to a New French State run by the military, under the supervision of Mme. Le Pen. All power to the National Front! There is no need to wait for an election. Did Lenin wait for an election?
Two: the Fourth and Fifth Republics are declared the Fifth and Sixth. The true Fourth is Vichy. All the totalitarian 20th-century regimes, the fascist (Fourth) German satellite and the Marxist (Fifth/Sixth) American satellite, are declared equally criminal and treasonous. Collaborating with London, Berlin, Washington or Moscow is one single offense.
Three: France is closed for reconstruction. Her borders are sealed and will remain sealed indefinitely. All foreigners, including diplomats, are either deported or interned. Frenchmen stranded abroad, including diplomats, are either repatriated or expatriated. These measures will not be reversed until France is once again a nation, not a province of Globomerica.
Four: real borders are not just about migration. Political sovereignty is also compromised by financial, commercial, and intellectual dependency. Since France today is a cancer patient and only strict isolation can save her, all these links must be severed. Some future strong and healthy France may restore them.
All French securities held outside France are cancelled. All external trade is settled in gold at a single entry point. No manufactured goods are imported. All Internet links are cut. Only the New State routes packets outside France, only to Washington, and for only three purposes: offering French products for sale; purchasing strategic minerals; and negotiating real planetary issues such as ocean rights, atmospheric contamination, migratory bird protection and asteroid defense.
Five: thanks to the criminal acts of the communist regime, which aimed to entrench itself in permanent power by importing a new people, possession of a French passport issued by the Sixth Republic is not proof of French citizenship. Anyone holding a French passport, but without four great-grandparents born in France, must reapply for citizenship in the New French State.
Applications are evaluated by the police. Anyone both assimilated and civilized, without regard to race, is accepted. Everyone else is deported, or interned if Globomerica will not accept them. Internment is not a punishment and will not become one, but France is a sovereign nation and no one colonizes her.
Six: the New France is not just ruled by the National Front and the military, but governed by them. France is lucky; once the colonists are expelled, she has no enemies with both the moral and physical strength to attack her. Since she has no military need for her military, she can use it for the vastly more important task of restoring the nation.
All civil servants of the Sixth Republic are deemed communist until proven patriotic, and retired with full benefits. Initially, the new government is staffed entirely by former military officers. Where hiring is necessary, any experience in the official or para-official sector, security forces excepted, is an unconditional disqualification. When in doubt, the process of denazification used in Germany in 1945 is a good guide.
Seven: France is a Catholic nation and cannot be restored without the help of the Church. Unfortunately, this institution too has been overrun by communists. The Society of St. Pius X is the legal successor of the French Catholic Church. All clerics affiliated with the Novus Ordo Church are assumed communist until proven otherwise, and purged as functionaries.
The Church has full authority over all educational institutions from kindergarten to university; she gains ownership of all existing media and publishing firms. Freedom of speech is not infringed; communists can remain communists and keep trying to peddle their poisonous product, to adults at least. But no point of strength won under communism can survive its fall.
Eight: all philanthropic institutions, NGOs, foundations, etc, are transferred to the State for liquidation. Moreover, the ultimate power source of these pernicious institutions, the 20th-century financial oligarchy, cannot be allowed to survive.
Many wealthy Frenchmen came by their money honestly, even under the corrupt rule of traitors. Many did not. Without inquiring into the the affairs of the past, personal wealth of the rich must be declared and capped at the maximum needed to ensure a luxurious lifespan. Assets above the cap, deserved or not, are exchanged for titles of nobility. Thieves and traitors are relieved to escape with this small sacrifice; honest, patriotic businessmen understand the need for it.
Nine: all state secrets, except military blueprints, are unsealed. Using these documents, and any living sources still available, the New State will sponsor an intelligence-quality history of France in the 20th century, a reference document fully independent, patriotic and Catholic without apology, and contaminated by neither fascist nor communist bias.
Ten: France must be restored culturally, architecturally, and industrially. Any buildings built in France, of a Modernist, communist, Islamic or or other non-French character, are to be demolished and/or replaced in a French historical style.
To a degree consistent with the actual supply of labor, industrial production of food and clothing is banned. Since the New State has retired the whole government, many Frenchmen will need work. The only conceivable source of labor demand is artisanal production on pre-industrial patterns; honor and fulfillment can only be found in tasks equal to the worker’s human potential. Anyone can be a mason or a carpenter; no one should have to be a 19th-century industrial robot.
Eleven: the New French State is a temporary regime designed to cure France, not to govern her forever. Its last task is designing its own permanent replacement, almost certainly a hereditary absolute monarchy in the great French tradition. Of course, there’s not one Frenchman in a thousand today who would understand or support this plan. Yet half of France, at least, sees the same problem.
What’s stopping you, dear France, is the delusion that you have a simpler, easier, more painless cure. France has cancer. She even knows she has cancer. I prescribe chemo; but why not aspirin? It tastes a little bitter, so surely it is helping.
Why not just re-elect Sarkozy, with his Karcher? Maybe he will use it this time? He’ll certainly promise to. Or what’s with all this military dictatorship? Couldn’t we elect Marine, in a normal, constitutional election? She promises to deport the terrorists. She must have a list. Of course, they’ll appeal to Brussels, so there are a lot of legal issues to work through…
Alas, the truth is that France is addicted to communism, like an alcoholic to alcohol. This morning, she has a terrible hangover. She promises to quit drinking. Well, she’ll certainly drink less… France, I’m sorry. This is an intervention. Not another drop! In your heart, France, you know what to do. And you’re afraid of it. Aren’t we all afraid of change?