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“France makes it harder to become French”

harder than before when all it would’ve required was some futuristic genetic engineering, i guess.

(note: comments do not require an email. my favorite french … individual?)

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  1. That’s cool. If you’re willing to go to that much trouble and play by the rules, they should let you into the country.

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  2. @sfg – “If you’re willing to go to that much trouble and play by the rules, they should let you into the country.”

    perhaps. but immigrant individuals not born as a french person can never “become french” any more than i can “become chinese.” they might become a french citizen, but not french.

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  3. Obviously not genetically French, yeah, but I don’t know how vital that is to the French conception of a Frenchman. They appear to regard French culture as being more important. I can’t blame them for wanting to keep Voltaire, Moliere, and Godard alive in a sea of English-speaking trash.

    I’m not saying genetics don’t matter–the NAMs in the USA prove that–but I’ve got no objection to letting people in my country if they’re willing to *become Americans*, as most East Asians are. We got Eisenhower to fight against his old relatives in Germany, after all.

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  4. What is life? Ain’t bad in its time, but age is “a slow, relentless death”, followed by who knows what — maybe nothing. Therefore one needs inheritors. Even for believers in transmortal life, it may be quite preferable to have them.

    One’s children if any are (eventually) no less mortal than oneself. One’s descendents in the fourth, fifth, sixth generations are not so much like oneself, certainly far less so than children. Whereas the race ‘breeds true’, in the argot of genetics and plant and animal breeding: produces the same type over and over.

    Man at large is one’s inheritor to some extent, in any case. We are concerned about his future existence and condition, we rejoice if he lives very long and is in an excellent condition most of that time. Race offers something further: closer similarity, more inheritance — thus more meaning in living, bearing children, sustaining an excellent culture, and serving a community and broader polity and civilization in countless ways. And one more reason for striving to become strong, good, and dignified oneself. In W-Euro civilization today there is a partial loss of having inheritors to whom to transmit our culture ; one is not assured of racial continuity or really any identitary continuity (of which racial is by far the strongest kind) — that’s one reason for increasing vulgarity, though not the only reason. Under vulgarity I don’t mean to include ribaldry (even rather extreme) that is in good taste in some sense, or good enough. It’s also one reason for increasing weakness, plaintiveness, pathologicity, etc. The overall decline of man’s value in general.

    Therefore I favor marriage laws and eventual geographic disaggregation by race.

    While I’m conscious of giving a normative spiel, this is partly a descriptive matter. The two bear a link of course: insofar as man has a fixed nature, not everything can be good for him. Within reason, what is better for him is very often going to be what is pre-industrial.

    I’ve had two close Asian friends, both assimilationist and over three sig in IQ. While none of us is going to be a criminal nuisance, they are certainly much greater economic assets than me, because I have quite low C whereas they have high. (One has very high, and is quite professionally distinguished.) But they can’t carry on a 3,000-year-old people, Europa, the fatherland. (The first known murals vividly representing animals and such are that old. Though there are some quite nicely done decorated pots that I think are far older, and who knows what objects are lost.)

    One day we will probably change man intentionally. So much so that Europa, if it lives that long, will begin to gradually cease being itself. But it will be the same abstract thing, in a way, having a nature determined by European nature — the ‘legitimate son’ of Europa. Others may go in substantially different directions, or not. We don’t know. Personally I think there’s a strong chance that they will.

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  5. @rs – “What is life? Ain’t bad in its time, but age is “a slow, relentless death”, followed by who knows what — maybe nothing.”

    what do you mean by gettin’ all philosophical on me (us) here? you think you can do that just ’cause we’ve rung in a new year? (~_^)

    good thoughts, rs. thnx. (^_^)

    i don’t actually favor marriage laws, etc., etc. at least not most days. but i do understand the argument for them. i guess i’m just hooked on the idea of letting individuals decide for themselves. maybe i’ll grow out of that mentality one of these days, tho.

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  6. @anonymous – “Obviously not genetically French, yeah, but I don’t know how vital that is to the French conception of a Frenchman. They appear to regard French culture as being more important.”

    well, far be it from me to tell anybody (let alone the french!) what or how to think, but that still doesn’t make that headline correct (or the “french” if they think that being “french” just means behaving “french”-like.)

    a signet that’s raised by ducks will still grown up to be a swan, not a duck. in reality, a frenchman is someone who is genetically french. there’s simply no way around that, afaics.

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