The novel “The Camp of the Saints”, the movie “Purge: Election year”, and the Future!
Camp of the Saints
Sailing from the country of India is a flotilla of a 100 ships filled with 1,000,000 immigrants who are seeking a better life beyond. That “beyond” ends up being France. After several weeks sailing, eventually they finally land on the shore of southern France and embark in mass upon a nation ill-prepared to handle it. So is the premise of the novel “Camp of the Saints”, written in 1973 by Jean Raspail. Considered an apocalyptic type book, the message resonated with many who saw unchecked immigration as something which would be detrimental to Western Civilization if allowed.
This book is a gritty, no-holds barred fictional analysis of a phenomenon which actually could take place in today’s world. It made leaders in that fictional world fearful over the possibility of mass migration on such a large scale! Fast forward to present day and much in the novel became prophetic, especially for France! In the book, there was not a clear sense where this flotilla was heading. Many nations in its possible path had to reckon with two things: how can they be stopped, or, how can they be absorbed into a foreign culture! Those two questions still resonate today as many countries face their own immigration troubles.
When it became clear that France was the destination the nation became paralyzed in its response. A military option fizzled as many left their posts and refused to mow down boatloads of innocent people. That left the locals in those southern regions to handle the hordes as they disembarked. That proved untenable and so the response of southern France was mass evacuation. That whole area was overrun, literally, by the immigrants when they landed and any citizens who were still remaining behind, was at the mercy of the immigrants. For one of the things the book explored was the breakdown of law and order which accompanied this migration. As the nation’s authorities retreated that left a vacuum to be filled. The 1,000,000 immigrants in a sense had become a law unto themselves and thus when they landed Western law had no place.
France, in the book, was totally transformed. One of the lessons the novel was trying to illustrate is that the Western world, no matter how strong the traditions and history, was vulnerable. The immigrant numbers in the book represent 2% of what the population of France was in 1973. But 2% went a long ways when it was all of a sudden dumped on shorelines and became a mass of humanity literally charging forward into the land! Immigration, when unchecked and improperly absorbed, is detrimental to any nation’s values, culture, and systems. This book fictionalized that—and it came true to a large extent! In France today, the problem may not be illegal immigration, but unassimilated immigration, specifically the Muslim populations! France is now having trouble justifying its way of life to those newly arrived who want to maintain their own traditions.
And look at the United States, with estimates of 10-18 million, or so, illegal aliens within these borders. How much more can we survive? And has this nation started to change? Important considerations especially in light of the fact that in just a few years the combined amount of legal and illegal immigrants will surpass the population of whites. What then? Do we need another novel today acting as a prophetic voice, fictionalizing the scenarios this demographic change will force on our traditions? Do we care to preserve those traditions anymore? Do we have any choice now or have we crossed the Rubicon in a sense?
As I read this book, especially the embarkation of the ships upon arrival to France’ shores, the picture formed in my mind was the Syrian refugees, scores of thousands literally making a trek across the EU, hordes if you will, going somewhere, towards whoever would take them. Consider how difficult it was and still is, incorporating them within various nations. Were there terrorists among them? What about the quickness of “change”? Can assimilation take place under these conditions? Are they to be received permanently? Wholescale populations moving from one nation to another is a logistical nightmare in many ways—is the Western world able to still maintain those things which made it a “civilization” if more mass migrations take place, which very well could happen!
One final picture to this part of my account—if 1,000,000 people from down south of the border all of a sudden showed up along the border, what would we do?
The Purge: Election Year
This movie, 3rd in the series, is a satire built around this election season. The poster title includes the phrase “Keep America Great”, an obvious reference to Donald Trump! The movie has a lot of language and violence, a gratuitous amount, but due to the nature of the plot, that is the point! For one night America undergoes a time of anarchy when anyone can do anything with no fear of consequence. The purpose of this “Purge” is to winnow out the population and also give vent to built-up passions.
Even though this is satire, beneath all the gratuitousness, there is a slight social warning. If law and order is removed, what takes over? Violent passions, of all kinds, is what emerges! Not from everyone but it doesn’t take many bad actors to create social havoc. The producers of this movie may not have had social events in mind, beyond the election that is, but the idea of anarchy is something which should be recognized as subtly affecting this nation the last couple years!
Just in the past, with the email controversy of Hillary Clinton and her eventual reprieve, many feel that the law is only for the masses and elites have a different standard. That is a subtle form of anarchy wherein those well-to-do get to do what they want!
Consider the Baltimore riots in 2015 over Freddie Gray in which the Mayor of Baltimore said,
“While we tried to make sure that they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on,” the mayor said of the protesters. “We also gave those who wished to destroy space to do that as well”.
“Those who wish to destroy space to do that as well”—or in other words a time of anarchy! And destroy they did, in neighborhoods which were poor to begin with and was made much worse afterwards. And following those first few days, murders and other crimes went up as others used that time to “do their own thing” as well! Supposedly the riots were also “fueled” when the idea of “purging” Baltimore made its rounds on social media and possibly helped mobilize various groups. Levels of anarchy are not that far underneath society’s skin!
We should also consider illegal immigrants and the Governments unwillingness to hold many of them accountable for crimes. The most egregious actions relates to the release of thousands of illegals from jails who were either convicted or were awaiting trial. A lot of legal gymnastics took place to achieve that and to the dismay of many, deportation wasn’t even attempted. Just a return to the streets. A high profile case involved Kate Steinle, by an illegal immigrant who had been deported many times and should have been held by the federal system after being jailed for 4 months under a marijuana charge. But he was let go! And then he killed Kate! A subtle kind of anarchy at work here as well, people getting away with too much!
Unchecked immigration will change us! The question is whether or not we think that is important. Western Civilization is under assault on many fronts, illegal immigration is one such front. When millions are inhabiting our lands and are unassimilated, what is the cost? We will find out. To some, Western Civilization has been too privileged, and so a new order needs to arise. For those, illegal immigration does not pose much of a threat but a kind of diversity which will help start a new society. The problem is that the fruit of Western Civilization, which has brought many positive things to the rest of the world, is based on certain principles, which if done away with or ignored, may not be able to be replaced. What then? Start over? I doubt that is possible, once gone it will probably stay that way with minimal influence. France has been changed by its stance on immigration, we will too. The question is how much will we change!
Law and order are also under assault! There is a law for the elite and another one for the rest of us—no doubt! What kind of attitude will that slowly build within the citizenry when they see so many rich and powerful get away with things? Social media only amplifies that perception. Will the lower classes seek ways to cheat the system and do things which may enrich themselves but will slowly destroy the fabric of this nation. And what will statements, such as the one by the Mayor of Baltimore, do to encourage future protestors? That given the right circumstances there will be space to destroy? Will that be a strategy of dealing with mass dissatisfaction, a kind of “purge”! Society has really become lost with many mixed messages being displayed. What will count will be the perceptions that everyday Americans pick up from these messages and what is their breaking point. If our elites evolve to a more stratified aristocracy, then aspects of the French Revolution may be repeated here. If people finally get to the place where they finally have enough—what then? That is the question that hopefully will never have to be answered!
Corporate Blackmail—NBA Style!
ESPN some time ago morphed into a mouthpiece of liberal and left-wing politics—giving their announcers the boot if any kind of anti-liberal viewpoint was evidenced in their communications.
The NBA showed their true colors with the horrid treatment of Donald Sterling, owner of the Clippers, over a private conversation. While we may disagree with his sentiments, taking the team from him was over the top. But that is the PC world!
Now the NBA has continued its diatribe against North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law by removing the all-star game from Charlotte in 2017. A lot of responses are going through my mind right now, but a prudent one which is allowable to state is in order instead. At least, North Carolina, at the appropriate location and position should erect a sign informing the NBA to take their all-star game—-and while they are at it—-take the team as well and get out of their state!
If this law of North Carolina in some sense reinforces normalcy as determined through religious teachings and practiced all through recorded history, and if those things have made society stable in many ways, then sacrificing that over sports would be ludicrous. Truth is more important than sports, but the shame here is that it isn’t the players as such but the NBA bureaucrats who feel like they have to be a part of this liberal agenda and use their sport as an instrument of blackmail.
It is uncanny why so much of Corporate America has to side with the Liberal Agenda at all! But the future seems to be directed along this course. Hopefully enough leaders and citizens will resist these machinations by Corporate America and put them in their place.
A laughable comment in the article illustrates the ridiculous nature of this latest attack by the NBA. The article quotes:
“While we recognize that the NBA cannot choose the law in every city, state, and country in which we do business, we do not believe we can successfully host our All-Star festivities in Charlotte in the climate created by HB2″.
What a bunch of drivel! Exactly what “climate” are they referring to here? But logic and argument has no place among those who actually show their inability, with out-of-touch statements as above, in really understanding the ramifications of why certain social behaviors have been and should still be restrained. Maybe if they themselves reflected a little on history and religious thinking the NBA would just stick to basketball and leave everything else to those more appropriately situated!
The Impossibility of True Diversity!
I am sure the PC police will morph this into an example “Par Excellence” of the continuation of the antebellum south–just continued in the North!
And for those who still find racism under every rock and in every corner, this will be more ammunition. And for Ryan, no reasonable explanation will be adequate, after all, a picture is worth a 1000 words!
But not mentioned is the fact that there are females! I am surprised that was overlooked. At least sexism is off the list—except that black females may not be represented!
It is hard to win in this diversity lotto! When is enough enough!
Unfortunately, mathematics only make the job harder!
I looked at a typical demographic stat site to pick up some numbers on race and gender breakdown.
American Indians: 1%
If Ryan followed this perfectly–after all, fair is fair, then these numbers should roughly apply:
The 49 men would have to breakdown into roughly:
0.49 american indians
The 51 women would breakdown like this:
0.51 americans indians
But the mathematics of diversity is “cold”, thinking about a great science fiction story called “Cold Equations”!
What do we do with the rounding? If, for example, we round whites down to nearest whole number and blacks up to the higher whole number—is that fair—after all, diversity, if it is valid, must be adhered to completely or something may be diminished!
And, the list above can be subdivided—for instance—the category “Asian” can be divided into “Asian Indian”, “Chinese”, “Filipino”, etc. etc. This makes the Calculus of diversity into a cruel taskmaster!
And, to make this even more frustrating for the diversity mathematician—what happens if the applications don’t match up with the numbers—it then becomes impossible to achieve the diversity the numbers above show!
It wouldn’t have surprised me if the number of black applicants was nil, Ryan being a solid white conservative Republican and due to the fact that blacks overwhelmingly vote Democrat!
I know what we can do—create another Department in the Federal Gov’t to square the numbers for every position. What a bureaucracy that would be! Where are those great satirical Monty Python skits when you need em?
The whole idea of diversity is absurd. While there may be occasional times when someone in some other category has a slightly different perspective that adds to a group, that also can occur between two different people in the same group!
So all the waste of time given to diversity and proper representation has probably achieved one thing–many positions are filled with a “category” and numbers match up diversitywise—but talent is sacrificed!
If there is a silver lining here—and maybe a little “light of hope” here—just consider if all those interns were white men only! So—Ryan may just survive this!
“Theater of the absurd” to borrow an existentialist phrase