Author Archives: Alain DeBenoist

Migrants: “humanitarian” interventions generally make things worse

The interview that follows was first published in Boulevard Voltaire; translated from the French by Tom Sunic Q: The photo of that Syrian child stranded on the beach is now in the process of turning a new page in European opinion. In our epoch of “storytelling” it evidently suggests that the migrant issue is a […]

The logic of capitalism; the unemployed and the superfluous

Translated from the French by Tom Sunic Below is the interview A. de Benoist gave recently to Boulevard Voltaire. Q: Despite repeated promises of politicians, both from the right and the left, nothing seems to be stopping the rise in unemployment. Is it something inevitable? A: Officially, there are 3.5 million unemployed in France, which […]

The Surveillance Society and Freedom-Curbing Legislation are nothing new…

The God Hermes slaying the hundred-eyed monster Argus (figure on vase, c. 5th B.C.) Translated from the French by Tom Sunic Q: Radar on the roads, security cameras at every street corner. One gets a big impression of being constantly under surveillance.  With the recently adopted law on intelligence gathering, how far can these freedom curbing […]

Repentance has no place in politics

Translated from the French by Tom Sunic Below is the interview Alain de Benoist gave recently to Boulevard Voltaire **** Q. Shortly before his death, François Mitterrand said those definitive words to the perplexed Jean-Pierre Elkabbach: “France does not need to apologize.” Mitterand spoke of those famed “darkest hours in our history.” Today, however, “repentance” […]

Big Mother and the Therapeutic State

‘Pantagruel  with his father Gargantua and mother Gargamelle” (watercolor); by Gustave Doré (1832–1883) Translated from the French by Tom Sunic. Below is the interview Alain de Benoist gave recently to Boulevard Voltaire. ****** Q: “Eat your five servings of fruit and vegetables every day!”; “Do some sport!”; “Quit Smoking!”; “Drink one glass, but not two!”; […]

The Turning Point?

Translated from the French by Tom Sunic Centuries never immediately acquire a character that can reward them with a right spot in history. Thus the 20th century did not really start until 1914. Will the 21st century be labeled as “the 2015 century”? Without wishing to predict the future, which remains by definition unpredictable, we […]

Identity and Difference, Part 2: Identity

Part 1, Difference Identity The question of identity (national, cultural, etc.) also plays a central role in the debate about immigration. To begin, two observations must be made. The first is that there is much talk of the identity of the host population, but, in general, there is much less talk of the identity of […]