Saturday, April 24, 2021


You think your country is fucked up?  There's lots in here to ponder about the plight of France, which seems like the new woke consensus of the liberal elites, on steroids.  "The Secession of French Elites" (Durocher). Some examples (though I would question the bona fides of Jewish parents whining about bullying, as it fits a certain pattern of manipulative behavior which we see over and over again):

"City-centers have become gentrified with high property prices. In the 1980s, workers and non-managerial employees typically made up around 55% of residents in cities like Lyon, Toulouse, Strasbourg, and Nantes. Today, they make up only around a third, having been replaced by urban professionals (p. 99).

Social inequalities are also evident in the growing popularity of private schools. In France, private schools essentially mean Catholic schools and used to be attended not so much because of class divides but because of religious preference. Now, wealthy people are more over-represented in the private school system, anxious parents doing what they can to escape the declining public schools. This phenomenon is most severe in the major cities such as Paris and Marseille, where vast swathes of the public student body has been Afro-Islamized.

France’s new black or Muslim inhabitants are generally less sensitive to issues of anti-Semitism or the sanctity of the holocaust. Bullying of Jews by Muslims is supposed to be so widespread that it is said that there is not a single Jewish pupil left in the public schools of Seine-Saint-Denis, the vast Afro-Islamic-majority county making up the northeast corner of greater Paris. Two thirds of Jewish parents who opt to send their children to Jewish schools say they fear their child will be attacked for being Jewish (p. 212)."

"The share of students from poorer families has collapsed in France’s elite schools. The famous École nationale d’Administration, the Haute École de Commerce (the top business school), and other elite schools have seen the share of lower-class students fall from 29% in 1950 to 9% in the 1990s. Today, children of managers and members of the upper classes make up 85% of students (p. 102). Whether this is due to cognitive stratification or nepotism, elite and working classes are more and more separated."
"Fourquet persuasively argues that the physical and cultural secession of the upper echelons of French society was a crucial factor in enabling the election of the centrist-globalist Emmanuel Macron to the presidency. He observes: “A symptom of the magnitude of this exodus of French vital forces and wealth is the fact that electoral candidates now do the circuit of foreign capitals to raise funds” (p. 352). During the 2017 presidential campaign, Macron went to London six times to raise funds among French expats, many of whom worked in the City, and expats in expensive destinations overwhelmingly voted for him (San Francisco, Washington DC, Montreal . . .).

During the campaign, early support for Macron correlated with the amount that people paid for property tax, on which he had specifically proposed a tax break. More generally, the single best predictor for support for Macron is educational achievement, with the less educated conversely tending to support Marine Le Pen and/or the Yellow Vests. France is cognitively, temperamentally, and economically stratified between “open-winners” and “closed-losers” (p. 272), or “people of anywhere” and “people of somewhere.”"

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