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The 94-Year-Old Frenchman behind ‘Occupy’

The 94-Year-Old Frenchman behind ‘Occupy’

From PJ Media

A little more than 13 months ago, a left-wing French publishing house specializing in Third World advocacy published a very short (32 pages) and very cheap (three euros) political brochure titled Indignez-vous! (Time for Outrage!).

The author was nonagenarian Stephane Frederic Hessel: a Nazi camp survivor, a former ambassador, and a regular French talk show guest. The booklet was an instant bestseller: one million copies in the first ten weeks, 1.5 million in the first year.

It still remains, as of today, the number one book on French bestseller lists.

The reasons for such a stunning success were quite obvious. Those people who read a bit, but not much, were thrilled to buy what passed for a serious essay by an important person for less than the price of a magazine. They were even happier to find out that Hessel’s philosophy was a perfect fit for their own intellectual and ethical size.

The Great Old Man urged contemporary youth to get “outraged” about poverty and injustice and to fight for a better world, just as he had done seventy years earlier as a member of the anti-Nazi Resistance. Who on Earth would contend with that, especially when the enemy was not the Third Reich, but benign modern democracies?

Moreover, the villain Hessel repeatedly mentioned and attacked was Israel — the country most people in France love to hate already.

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One Response to The 94-Year-Old Frenchman behind ‘Occupy’

  1. BigSoph June 4, 2012 at 8:58 pm #

    First time poster, thank you for not using that damn disqus app

    Scratch a Frenchman, find a nazi

    Not even a hard scratch

    Communists, to their credit, did fight against Nazis pre-WWII. But, against that credit, was their desire to establish their own dictatorship. My enemy’s enemy is not my friend.

    My enemy is nazism, fascism, socialism and communism

    I would rather not have friends with any, thank you very much

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