Thirty years after its publication in 1973, The Camp of the Saints has shown itself to have been prophetic, as Western Europe, North America, and Australia suffer invasion by scores of millions of immigrants from beyond the borders of the white world. Prophetic powers were not, of course, required to foresee the danger posed by global demographic trends compounded by the pusillanimity of Western governments “morally disarmed” (as James Burnham would say) by Third World suffering. Where Raspail demonstrates truly visionary powers is in his understanding of the process by which key left-wing elements in Western society, through their varying but related motives, combine naturally with aggressive external forces to cooperate in the destruction of the Western world. The death of the West, it seems, is as much or more a Western project than it is a Third World one. Certainly, it could not be accomplished by a hundred Last Chance Armadas alone, so long as the West retained a sense of its own identity, its nerve, and its selfconfidence intact. “In this curious war taking shape, those who loved themselves best were the ones who would triumph:” Those, that is, who feel “[t]hat scorn of a people for other races, the knowledge that one’s own is best, the triumphant joy at feeling oneself to be part of humanity’s finest..”
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