In our previous post we compared the vampire's quest for blood with the moribund multiculturalist's quest -- in Amir Taheri's words -- for "a second youth in the energy and passion of political Islam." A little background from Wikipedia lends further insight: "Vampires are mythical or folkloric creatures, typically held to be the re-animated corpses of human beings and said to subsist on human and/or animal blood, [and] the historical practice of vampirism can generally be considered a more specific and less commonly occurring form of cannibalism. The consumption of another's blood (and/or flesh) has been used as a tactic of psychological warfare intended to terrorize the enemy" or -- more aptly in our comparison -- to take on the strength of the enemy. Unlike the case with the human version after which they are named, vampire bats' "blood [letting] does not hurt the animal." (Photo credits: "The Vampire" by Sir Philip Burne-Jones, 1897, ArtMagick, and "Sponsor a Vampire Bat" at Bat Conservation)
"Capitalism and globalisation are feared and loathed, yet barely understood" by the French, writes EURSOC. The solution? A government program, naturellement:
Deeply concerned that many of its citizens have barely a basic grasp of the realities of international economics, the French government plans a new body to help France learn to love capitalism.
The Council for the Diffusion of Economic Culture opens later this year, as a branch of the finance ministry.
We applaud the ends if not necessarily the means:
Even the council's supporters would accept that it has its work cut out: Finance minister Thierry Breton bemoaned France's lack of an "economic culture" earlier this year. A recent opinion poll showed that French citizens were far and away more hostile to the free market than pretty much anywhere else in the world.
The Council, they hope, "will seek to promote financial education through popular culture including television, the print media and computer games."
Computer games sound promising, but as EUROSOC notes:
Making progress with France's media could be the most difficult task the new council faces. France's broadcast and print media lean heavily to the left.
Attempts to explain the realities of international economics are drowned out by the voices of protestors, whether trade union leaders, state-sponsored academics or political journalists themselves.
Sound familiar? Don't confuse Marxist diehards with the facts. Amir Taheri's critique of Britain's multicultural elites -- blogged here only this morning -- would seem to apply equally to French and other Western elites:
That elite shares political Islam's triple-hatred of the West: hatred of Christianity, capitalism and democracy. Today some traditional anti-Christian, anticapitalist and antidemocratic forces in the West are seeking a second youth in the energy and passion of political Islam.
Like the self-loathing British multiculturalists who would appropriate the life force of religious zealots to reanimate the dead ideology of their youth, their fellow Marxist diehards in France would appropriate the wealth of an aging, shrinking population of productive citizens to perpetuate the utopian dream of a welfare state. Will Benedetto be the one to flash the cross before their eyes and drive the stake into the heart of the undead? Crackpot authorities want to know.