Continuing VDARE.com’s April Immigration Prophets Series: One of my personal heroes, France’s Dominique Venner, was born on April 16,1935. He led an extraordinarily rich life as a soldier, activist, and historian. But in 2013, Venner committed suicide in Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral.
Venner’s protest was immediately against the legalization of same-sex marriage, but was ultimately inspired by what he saw as the larger destruction of the French nation. He condemned the “Great Replacement” of the historic European population and called for “new, spectacular, and symbolic actions” to rouse people from their complacency.
Suicide is, of course, a mortal sin for those of us who were raised Roman Catholics. Venner himself may not have even been religious, although he clearly valued Roman Catholicism as part of the core French culture.
But to take his life at a place so sacred—not just to Catholics globally, but to the French nation specifically—was perhaps not sacrilege but an awe-inspiring sacrifice. To see it as the former is certainly conventional. But I myself see it as the latter: Venner was willing to sacrifice not just his body but his immortal soul to cause of awakening France, once the “First Daughter of the Church.”
Of course, shortly after Venner’s death, the artificially-created “refugee” crisis began in earnest, as Germany’s Angela Merkel opened the floodgates. And this influx can only have been exacerbated by recent events in Syria.
But in Europe, mass immigration is reshaping the entire political spectrum, with nationalists scoring important recent victories in Italy, Hungary, Austria, and Czechia. In the U.S, the political class is still reeling from the election of President Donald Trump, who is facing attacks from without and sabotage from within his own administration in his efforts to stem immigration.
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