Horrifying Reprise of Jean Raspail’s Immigration Novel Now Happening Here in USA

By Donald A. Collins | 16 July 2014
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If the invasion by fleeing illegal aliens into Murrietta California, as frighteningly well reported on the July 3, 2014 TODAY show, did not strike you with a sense of terror that your country has lost its mandated protections under the US Constitution, you need to listen carefully and take action on what real immigration patriots have been saying for decades.

Unless of course you would prefer, as President Obama and the unholy threesome of business, the Catholic hierarchy and their Latino advocacy cohorts favor, adding another 100 million aliens to our population before children born today can vote. By then their votes may not be enough to stem votes for the full and further invasion of our then former Republic.

Of course now you listen to the majority of MSM hosts who generally side with the invasion as in this clip below on Hard Ball on MSNBC also on July 2nd. Didn’t seem to matter to the host, a Chris Matthew stand in, or the other guest, how rational and horrifying the information presented by Dan Stein was, they just kept pooh poohing and putting up the same old lame arguments that the open border (paid for by big business) crowd always does.

Some years ago a novel by Jean Raspail caught and kept the fervor of those among us who saw its application to the growing immigration invasion in the USA.

It is thus worthwhile to reread the Wikipedia account of that seminal publication’s history.

The Camp of the Saints (Le Camp des saints) is a 1973 French apocalyptic novel by Jean Raspail. The novel depicts a hypothetical setting whereby Third World mass immigration to France and the West led to the destruction of Western civilization. It sparked controversial reactions ranging from prophetic to discriminatory. Almost forty years after publication the book which influenced Ronald Reagan and François Mitterrand returned to the bestseller list in 2011.

A translation by Norman Shapiro was published by Scribner in 1975 (ISBN 0-684-14240-6). It was republished in mass market paperback format by Ace Books in 1977 (ISBN 0-441-09120-2), and in softcover format by The Social Contract Press in 1995 (ISBN 1-881780-07-4); The Washington Post reports that reading the novel “focused” the ideas of John Tanton, Social Contract Press’ founder.

The Camp of the Saints is a novel about population migration and its consequences. In Calcutta, India, the Belgian government announces a policy in which Indian babies will be adopted and raised in Belgium. The policy is soon reversed after the Belgian consulate is inundated with poverty-stricken parents eager to give up their infant children.

An Indian “wise man” then rallies the masses to make a mass exodus to live in Europe. Most of the story centers on the French Riviera, where almost no one remains except for the military and a few civilians, including a retired professor who has been watching the huge fleet of run down freighters approaching the French coast.

The story alternates between the French reaction to the mass immigration and the attitude of the immigrants. They have no desire to assimilate into French culture but want the plentiful goods that are in short supply in their native India. Although the novel focuses on France, the rest of the West shares its fate.

Near the end of the story the mayor of New York City is made to share Gracie Mansion with three families from Harlem, the Queen of England must agree to have her son marry a Pakistani woman, and only one drunken Soviet soldier stands in the way of thousands of Chinese people as they swarm into Siberia. The one holdout until the end of the novel is Switzerland, but by then international pressure isolating it as a rogue state for not opening its borders forces it to capitulate.

In 1975 Time Magazine panned the novel as a “bilious tirade” that only required a response because it “arrives trailing clouds of praise from French savants, including Dramatist Jean Anouilh (‘A haunting book of irresistible force and calm logic’), with the imprint of a respected U.S. publisher and a teasing pre-publication ad campaign (‘The end of the white world is near’)”. The December 1994 cover story of The Atlantic Monthly focused on the themes of the novel, analyzing them in the context of international relations. (This was at about the same time that The Social Contract Press chose to bring it back into U.S. publication.)

In 2002 Lionel Shriver described the novel as “both prescient and appalling,” certainly “racist” but “written with tremendous verbal energy and passion.” Shriver writes that the book “gives bilious voice to an emotion whose expression is increasingly taboo in the West, but that can grow only more virulent when suppressed: the fierce resentment felt by majority populations when that status seems threatened.”

William F. Buckley, Jr. praised the book in 2004 as “a great novel” which raised questions on how to respond to massive illegal immigration. In 2005 the conservative Chilton Williamson praised the book as “one of the most uncompromising works of literary reaction in the 20th century.” In 2001 the Southern Poverty Law Center reported that the novel had been published five times in the US and was “widely revered by American white supremacists and is a sort of anti-immigration analog to The Turner Diaries.”

The book returned to the bestseller list in 2011.

Well, take your pick, Folks, go with the open border threesome of greedy cheap labor businesses, the RCC and the Latino lobbies (plus Executive Order Obama favoring immigrants over American citizens) or with what your eyes are seeing about our open borders.

With 20 million untracked illegal aliens (always dubbed “undocumented aliens” by the MSM) here now, the US alien population will be augmented by another 100 million in a couple of decades. Like present levels of unemployment, crowding, civil disorder? You ain’t seen nothin’ yet, Folks. Being a billionaire may allow you to live abroad, but the rest of us peons will be here taking the medicine fed to us today by our peerless leaders.

No, these new coming aliens are NOT the kind of human detritus described by Raspail, but does that matter? Yes, because these newcomers, far greater in numbers, will be demanding more from our tax base, more from our civil liberties, more from all we have fought since the founding of the Republic to preserve and protect than the poor people Raspail so vividly describes!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

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  1. For the author of this article.
    I respectfully think that your ideas are xenophobic and extraneous. It seems like you apply the same logic that so fervently religious zealots display. In your article there is no sound argument nor any constructive proposition to solve the issue of undocumented immigrant—yes, this is the right term—that we have in our country. All there is in your piece is an emotional display. Do you forget that this nation was founded by immigrants? It seems like you chose to ignore that this are children and they are not guilty of the situation they have been forced too. That been said uncontrolled immigration to and from any country is a problem and need to be addressed in a very humane way. But again, respectfully I say that your article does not help, to the contrary. By the way, I am a documented immigrant.
    To the web site editor:
    Instead of publishing articles like the one above the efforts of this web site should be directed to educate Latin-Americans—and other nations with religious zealots craving for a piece of government—on the importance of contraceptives. Perhaps this way, the yoke of ignorance of the Catholic Church will drop to the floor.


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