Translated by Greg Johnson
Czech translation here
Burning buildings, stores and shopping malls robbed and vandalized, streets strewn with debris, blackened carcasses of buses, cars, police vehicles . . . These images of London, Birmingham, Bristol, and Liverpool have been beamed around the world on television. They evoked what Labour deputy Diane Abbott called “a war zone” (a theater, said Le Monde on August 10th, of “urban guerrilla warfare”).
The French media immediately wanted to set the tone for interpreting these events: it is the fault of social tensions due to cuts in public funds for the most vulnerable; it is the fault of unemployment and thus idleness; and it is the fault, of course, of the British police force (“the blunders of the police force” according to the conservative daily Daily Mail, just as false as the French newspapers). All is explained . . . and the hooded rioters are “youths” with restless hearts. Well-organized, all the same (one is thus far from the spontaneous and superficial reactions of hooligans), with a communications system well-enough developed to sustain the assault waves for several successive days.
But what about the government? Prime Minister Cameron, the Minister of the Interior, the Minister for Finance, the mayor of London were all . . . on vacation (Cameron in Italy). The rioters were definitely ill-bred to choose such a moment. They could have awaited their return.
It is undeniable that the social climate deteriorated by unfettered liberalism has caused much discontent. But that was merely grafted on a will to racial confrontation. The death of a West-Indian delinquent during a police operation against the West-Indian gangs was the pretext of the outbreak of the riots. The first nucleus of revolt was the district of Tottenham, euphemistically described as “multiethnic,” the majority of its population being of West-Indian origin. The rioters wished to show—and they succeeded—that they could rule the streets in defiance of white power and order. Even Le Monde, in spite of its ideological presuppositions, recognized in passing (August 9th) that it was “about the most serious racial confrontation in the United Kingdom since the Oldham disorders of 2001” and that there was thus indeed a “race riot.”
The shine has come off multiculturalism, which has long been presented as the British answer to racial tensions, and which Cameron recently admitted is a failure (as did Angela Merkel of Germany). It was based on the irenic conviction that various racial communities could cohabit harmoniously in the same territory. This illusion is due to the ideological presuppositions that one finds on the right as well as on the left among intellectuals who simply deny the burden of reality. Realities so disturbing to their mental comfort that they must be stubbornly denied. Until the day they catch up with you . . .
This day has come for many Britons. As Libération (August 16th) notes, they are following the advice being reproduced on large placards posted by the police or painted on the plywood covering broken shop windows: it is necessary to locate and denounce the “rats in hoods” (in England as in France the immigrant delinquents like to hide their faces). In particular, self-defense militias are setting themselves up to ensure order and safety in the threatened districts. To mitigate the inefficiency of a police force paralyzed by politically correct taboos (as admitted by a bobby quoted in Le Monde on August 12th: “The order was to intervene with caution to avoid the charges of brutality, of racism.”)
The present System, sapped by its internal contradictions, is in the process of imploding. Racial warfare is now bubbling beneath the surface in many European countries. Now is the time to denounce without respite the devastations of liberal capitalism and to preach a realistic, that is to say, a racialist, conception of a society in order to free the minds and will to resistance and reconquest or our European brothers.