Michel Houellebecq says Great Replacement is ‘fact’: ‘I was very shocked that it was called a theory. It’s not a theory, it’s a fact.’

Copies of French writer Michel Houellebecq's novel "Serotonin" are displayed in a book store, in Paris, Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)
By Dénes Albert
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Michel Houellebecq has come out and said the Great Replacement, which describes the replacement of European natives with non-Europeans across the West, is a “fact” during a wide-ranging discussion with influential French philosopher Michel Onfray.

“The Great Replacement, I was shocked it’s called a theory. It’s not a theory, it’s a fact,” said Houellebecq. “When it comes to immigration, nobody controls anything, that’s the whole problem. Europe will be swept away by this cataclysm.”

“It’s objectively what the figures say,” added Onfray, who said he thinks that the decline of the West is primarily a demographic decline

The fact that France’s greatest living writer, as he is often described by the mainstream press, has said the Great Replacement is fact will only add to the growing body of intellectuals, academics, and politicians who have increasingly been willing to describe the Great Replacement in public forums.

Both thinkers also discussed Islam, but had different opinions on its trajectory. Onfray said he believes that Islamism “is not such a powerful phenomenon” but rather “a reaction to American power.” He said that Muslims will eventually line up in the West under the banner of consumerist materialism and cast off their religion, just as many other peoples, such as Europeans, have already done to a large extent.

Houellebecq believes otherwise, saying, “When entire territories are under Islamist control, I think acts of resistance will take place. There will be attacks and shootings in mosques.” He then went on to add that he predicts “reverse Bataclans” — a reference to the Islamists who killed over 100 French people in the Bataclan nightclub in Paris.

“You think the civil war is coming, I think it’s already here, quietly,” Onfray replied.

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Houellebecq and Onfray, addressed a range of topics, including the European Union, God, immigration, and euthanasia in a 45-page dialogue.

“I want to defend the West, but it must be worth defending,” Houellebecq is quoted as saying in the French magazine Front Populaire, as he describes the contents of his paper co-written with Michel Onfray, warning “lovers of positive psychology and resilient nonsense to go the other way!”

The philosopher and the writer, both convinced of the inevitable decline of the West, discuss in depth the perils that await Europeans, including transhumanism, the Great Replacement, Americanization, European bureaucracy, de-Christianization, ecologism, and the ongoing war in Ukraine — all the subjects that affect our time.

The discussion, turned into an essay, has already won plaudits, being described as an “exceptional dialogue (that) is not depressing, nor even apocalyptic. It is brilliant, profound, often funny, and in every way fascinating. Houellebecq’s genius for the absurd is wonderfully emulsified with Onfray’s rhetorical force,” writes Le Figaro.

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“Houellebecq and Onfray not only share the accusation of being reactionaries, which the media left often labels them as. They are, each in their own way, the haruspices of our decadence. They examine the entrails of our civilization with frankness and insight. They are also both very different.”

Both authors are also described as being “attached to the people.”

“You are like me. You are a populist!” Onfray says, to which Houellebecq replies: “That’s fine with me. From the right, I have my doubts, but ‘populist suits me.”

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