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Identitaire – disclaiming their inheritance

  • October 15th, 2012

David Horowitz draws attention to the Generation Identitaire manifesto. I wonder whether it is a significant and spontaneous movement in France, or just a separate marketing brand for Marine Le Pen?

Still – it is inevitable that those who are doomed to pay for the arrogance of the 60s radicals, will eventually identify who opened their tab.The surprise is how long it has taken for an intellectual response to gather steam. I look forward to Chris Trotter's view on this grandchild of Paris '68. He and most activists of my generation were wildly excited by Cohn Bendit and others who tore up the Paris cobbles. They set out to destroy symbols of the values on which their prosperity rested.

Generation Identitaire repudiate the debt. Unfortunately, whatever the reasoning of  their manifesto it will eventually be paid in the coin of unapologetic racism. 

Just as the Treay industry in New Zealand is wearing out the goodwill of tolerant middle New Zealand, the Algerian and other beneficiaries of France's determined cultural relativism have been seduced by decades of elite aplogy,  into declaring war on French majority values. The street part of the response will be crude racism however many people of goodwill try to confine it to benign elements of resurgent national identity.

I doubt that New Zealand is anywhere near a similar consciousness. Indeed much of the top down political  investment in our "national identity" has been designed to ensure "it" incorporates minority values. But after Paris 1968, establishments all around the Western world preemptively capitulated to their young. We were all deeply over-indulged by our parents' generation. For example, I became (the first I think) student rep member of VUW Law Faculty Council, solemnly voting with all my wet-behind-the-ears assurance to replace examinations with constant in term assessment, and on professorial appointments. I suspect that consequent and associated degradation of seniority (we called it "elitism") in leadership roles in Universities, along with the abolition of retirement for age, are among the reasons for persistent  low grade political factionalism and tolerance of incompetence that bedevils many law faculties.

What happens in France (and the Netherlands, and the horrible streets of the UK) will reverberate here, however few young New Zealanders are politically sophisticated and organised enough to exploit the opportunity. An establishment is easy meat when befuddled by unpunished derision for its lifetime values. 

The Declaration avoids the awful language so familiar from French intellectuals. How's this for simplicity –

"The Generation of National Identity" – A Declaration of War

We are Generation Identitaire.

We are the generation who get killed for glancing at the wrong person, for refusing someone a cigarette, or having an "attitude" that annoys someone.

We are the generation of ethnic fracture, total failure of coexistence, and forced mixing of the races.

We are the generation doubly punished: Condemned to pay into a social system so generous with strangers it becomes unsustainable for our own people.

Our generation are the victims of the May '68'ers who wanted to liberate themselves from tradition, from knowledge and authority in education.

But they only accomplished to liberate themselves from their responsibilities.

We reject your history books to re-gather our memories.

We no longer believe that "Khader" could ever be our brother, we have stopped believing in a "Global Village" and the "Family of Man".

We discovered that we have roots, ancestry and therefore a future.

Our heritage is our land, our blood, our identity. We are the heirs to our own future

We turned off the TV to march the streets.

We painted our slogans on the walls. Cried through loudspeakers for "youth in power" and flew our Lambda flags high.

The Lambda, painted on proud Spartans' shields, is our symbol.

Don't you understand what this means? We will not back down, we will not give in.

We are sick and tired of your cowardice.

You are from the years of post-war prosperity, retirement benefits, S.O.S Racism and "diversity", sexual liberation and a bag of rice from Bernard Kouchner.

We are 25 percent unemployment, social debt, multicultural collapse and an explosion of anti-white racism.

We are broken families, and young French soldiers dying in Afghanistan.

You won't buy us with a condescending look, a state-paid job of misery and a pat on the shoulder.

We don't need your youth-policies. Youth IS our policy.

Don't think this is simply a manifesto. It is a declaration of war.

You are of yesterday, we are of tomorrow.

We are Generation Identitaire.


  • M Steinberg
  • October 17th, 2012
  • 8:56 am

***it will eventually be paid in the coin of unapologetic r*cism.***
Well, that is a pretty broad term. For example, the Dalai Lama's views on maintaining Tibetan identity and avoiding a Han Chinese majority are probably consistent with those wanting to maintain French cultural and ethnic identity?
Interestingly,  you can trace the progress of "political correctness," ie, American communism, effectively by following the path of the 20th-century communist neologism "racism" šŸ™‚


That whirr of wings you hear, Stephen, is the sound of chickens coming home to roost.
1968 marked the political intrusion of the baby boom generation all around the world. To expect 20-somethings to present a comprehensive manifesto is unreasonable in the extreme.
What the world received was something very similar to this cri de coer from the 20-somethings of 2012 – a shout of protest at their parents' cowardice, corruption and greed.
But Nietschze long ago warned that we would become the very dragons that we fight. Two generations on, in 2045, what will the 20-somethings be saying about the "Children of '12"?
Nothing very complementary I suspect.
The world turns, Stephen, but it doesn't change much.


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