This book is principally the story of a man who lived out the greater part of his life in Western Europe, in the latter half of the twentieth century. Though alone for much of his life, he was nonetheless closely in touch with other men. He lived through an age that was miserable and troubled. The country into which he was born was sliding slowly, ineluctably, into the ranks of the less developed countries; often haunted by misery, the men of his generation lived out their lonely, bitter lives. Feelings such as love, tenderness and human fellowship had, for the most part, disappeared; the relationships between his contemporaries were at best indifferent and more often cruel. - Michel Houellebecq
Let France focus on and remember those that died in the Paris attacks of 11/13/15. Let the survivors begin to process their trauma. Let the families of victims bury their dead. Let the loved ones left behind begin their marking of firsts without their relatives and friends. Let the authorities chase down those involved.
The timing of the attacks are spectacular not for the date involved but for the European and French mood. Europe is wrestling with an immigrant invasion fostered, enabled and condoned by an elite full of traitors. This is but the logical extension of decades of the steady flow of third world immigrants they have allowed in for government benefits, secure Left wing votes and little else. The nationalist parties and certain Eastern European nations, led by Viktor Orban's example, saw this for what it was and seem to be ready to defend the continent. Will it be enough?
For France, this is all the more spectacular and is life imitating art. Practically ripped from fiction, there is the prosecution of a National Front leader to suppress her chances in an election as the actual barbarians are inside the gates killing French citizens. Marine LePen is facing trial for saying "mean things" about Islam and Muslims. Michel Houellebecq's most recent novel is a near future depiction of a France that slides into a Muslim framework. Will the French Establishment sell out? Will they continue the self-immolation of their nation and people? Where is that French chauvinism I have heard about all my life? Does not the history of France, the cathedrals, the art, and all that goes into forming a people move you to individually and collectively push back?
I don't think anyone knows. A major problem is the traitorous elite that give orders. The word traitor should be used often and openly when it correctly applies. This immigration play is only insanity if you doubt it is the plan all along. Recall that "Platform" starts with the lead's father being murdered by a Muslim but the cops treat it as an accident they will not chase. Are there French leaders or potential leaders who would channel De Gaulle and his ability to push back on the USG system? I hope the French nationalists, the LePen crowd, the Generation Identitaire youth and those in the middle with loyalty for their civilization over alien barbarians are enough. The fact that we question it is dangerous.
The bloc quote above is the opening paragraph for Houellebecq's novel "The Elementary Particles". That book changed my life. I read it while studying in Europe, and had been there long enough to see how soft Western Europeans had become. Right book, right place, right time. If the journey that placed me typing this here started anywhere, it was buying that book in London. It is a tremendous book, and one that you can re-open and reread. There is a reason Heartiste references him and praises Houellebecq; it's like reading one of us but with tremendous writing skills.
Houellebecq was a keen observer of the modern Euro. This is why Douthat is right that they can be bought off by Saudi money because they are so empty. They want to LARP as men, hell, they are LARPing as men. That is the secret lure to Islam: structural and legal patriarchy for men unsure if they can pull it off themselves by force of character. You think it's a coincidence that Islam can do well with black men in prison raised in matriarchies with zero close male role models who have seen the women in their families use and toss men aside at will for the sperm to earn government revenue streams?
In multiple books, he has portrayed the Last Frenchman as one with nothing to pass on, disconnected from France's past, sex obsessed, empty, passionless, seeking a rush (vitalism) in relations with non-French women because the taboo of the other and the other's taboos against sex. French women are portrayed just as poorly, yet both genders find meaning and joy when they connect love, passion and emotion into their sexual encounters. That is when they finally try, and stop rejecting ancient gender duties and roles.
While disparaging of his French peers, he often portrayed the Aussies and Americans as the confident leaders of civilization. They were the narrator's description of the face and power of the future and masculine energy in "Platform". Was he right about his fellow French men? Maybe the cosmopolitans. Was he right about the elite? Most likely, unless there is a French Deep State that will end this public insanity or want to end it. Was Houellebecq projecting his failings onto his countrymen? Possibly, because has he ever written a lead who was not a reflection of his personality? Can Islam be softer and beneficial to a nation? Forget it. Would the French readily stop being the French of centuries of history as portrayed in Submission? We will see. Was he too negative?
I hope he is wrong.