The one knocking on the door

Monday, December 11th, 2017

The New Yorker traces the origins of “You will not replace us!” back to a cosmopolitan gay Gascon named Renaud Camus — no relation to Albert:

In recent years, though, Camus’s name has been associated less with erotica than with a single poignant phrase, le grand remplacement. In 2012, he made this the title of an alarmist book. Native “white” Europeans, he argues, are being reverse-colonized by black and brown immigrants, who are flooding the Continent in what amounts to an extinction-level event. “The great replacement is very simple,” he has said. “You have one people, and in the space of a generation you have a different people.” The specific identity of the replacement population, he suggests, is of less importance than the act of replacement itself. “Individuals, yes, can join a people, integrate with it, assimilate to it,” he writes in the book. “But peoples, civilizations, religions — and especially when these religions are themselves civilizations, types of society, almost States — cannot and cannot even want to…blend into other peoples, other civilizations.”

Camus believes that all Western countries are faced with varying degrees of “ethnic and civilizational substitution.” He points to the increasing prevalence of Spanish, and other foreign languages, in the United States as evidence of the same phenomenon. Although his arguments are scarcely available in translation, they have been picked up by right-wing and white-nationalist circles throughout the English-speaking world. In July, Lauren Southern, the Canadian alt-right Internet personality, posted, on YouTube, a video titled “The Great Replacement”; it has received more than a quarter of a million views. On, a Web site maintained anonymously, the introductory text declares, “The same term can be applied to many other European peoples both in Europe and abroad…where the same policy of mass immigration of non-European people poses a demographic threat. Of all the different races of people on this planet, only the European races are facing the possibility of extinction in a relatively near future.” The site announces its mission as “spreading awareness” of Camus’s term, which, the site’s author concludes, is more palatable than a similar concept, “white genocide.” (A search for that phrase on YouTube yields more than fifty thousand videos.)

“I don’t have any genetic conception of races,” Camus told me. “I don’t use the word ‘superior.’ ” He insisted that he would feel equally sad if Japanese culture or “African culture” were to disappear because of immigration. On Twitter, he has quipped, “The only race I hate is the one knocking on the door.”


  1. Grasspunk says:

    I can’t believe you blogged about a Gersois. Renaud lives not too far from me. There aren’t many cosmopolitan gay Gascons (this is deep southwest farm country) and I’m curious how well known he is to the locals.

  2. Bob Sykes says:

    Camus: “I don’t have any genetic conception of races,”

    Which shoes just how cucked up he is. He denies even the most fundamental biological reality. It’s as if Darwin never existed.

  3. Charles W Abbott says:

    Methinks I learned of Renaud Camus from the blog entries of Peter Frost which are archived at

    Peter Frost is well worth reading. I found him to be provocative and thoughtful, with a keen analytical mind. It sounds like those are dangerous qualities to have in Canada, so Peter Frost may have become more careful about where he writes these days.

    Disclaimer: I don’t agree with the weirdos I read. I don’t even agree with myself.

  4. Sam J. says:

    I saw this video elsewhere. It’s really good. He says it’s not really genocide but ethnocide. He makes the distinction. If you see the video you’ll understand. He’s very persuasive.

  5. Bomag says:

    Camus: “I don’t have any genetic conception of races”

    I suppose this is defensible on the grounds that, in his position, to even be considered in debate today, one has to signal some conformity with the other side.

    His statement works both ways: just admitting race and genetics means that you have bitten into the forbidden fruit. Kind of like the joke where someone says, “I have no knowledge of _____” and then fills in the blank with a detailed description of a perverted sexual practice.

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