by Theodore Dalrymple (August 2016)
Bernard Maris was a well-known French economist of independent turn of mind who, before his death, wrote in (among other places) Charlie Hebdo. He was murdered in the attack on the magazine in 2015. But it was not from any sympathy for his legatees that I recently bought a little book of his titled Houellebecq Économiste, which hardly needs translation. more>>>
What is the essence of French consumer life? Ready to eat cordon bleu, quiche lorraine, frozen pizza. Superficial relationships, promiscuity, avarice, egoism, chomage, families with one child, rubbish in the streets. No wonder they have not noticed the muslim enemy sneak in.
What about the "science" of economics? The economists were always so poor at math. I would not hire one to count my money.
Poor Houellebecq. Perhaps people are that shallow in France, but none that I know Canada and the U.S.
Fascinating piece. I have one question, the answer to which I still haven't figured out after reading the article three times. To what does the word "Call" refer in the article's title "Houellebecq and Call"?
It's a play on words - as in "I'm at your beck and call."