His parents divorced when he was a young child, and his father moved to Mexico.
His recent column about Africa and the West is one of those. Negritude, Decolonization and the Future of the World. But in Senegal and Africa and the once-colonized world writ large, their project never had a chance.
Once the age of empire ended, political separation became inevitable. Yet against critics who deemed both men sellouts and self-haters for desiring to remain in some sense French, Wilder argues that their vision was complex and potentially prophetic.
Of late, though, this project has run into some of the same difficulties that made theirs an impossibility. But, after a detour into descriptions of our burgeoning populist-nationalist moment, Douthat winds up in an interesting place: It can just be a species of conservatism, which prefers to conduct cultural exchange carefully and forge new societies slowly, lest stability suffer, memory fail and important things be lost.
Their fantasy of a post-imperial union between north and south, white and black, was in their times just that. That feels not so much like an ending as a beginning, and I hope Douthat returns to it. Which is the subject of my latest column at The Week: President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron could have talked about any number of topics over dinner last night.
In many ways, they are perfect complements to one another, each grasping opposite ends of the same stick. Because this is another area where the two leaders have grasped the same stick from opposite ends.
Critics from the left expressed alarm, as if any defense of specifically Western civilization was necessarily a variety of white supremacy ; critics from the right objected that the problem was not so much the message as the messenger. But regardless, the question was put on the table: Is there such a thing as Western civilization.
If so, does it need defending? And of what would that defense consist?
Macron, meanwhile, got into trouble talking not about the West but about another civilization. The challenge of Africa, it is totally different, it is much deeper, it is civilizational, today. What are the problems in Africa? Failed states, complex democratic transitions, demographic transition, which is one of the main challenges facing Africa, it is then the roads of multiple trafficking which also require answers in terms of security and regional coordination, trafficking drugs, arms trafficking, human trafficking, trafficking in cultural property and violent fundamentalism, Islamist terrorism, all this today mixed up, creates difficulties in Africa.
At the same time, we have countries that are tremendously successful, with an extraordinary growth rate that makes people say that Africa is a land of opportunity. Of course, the Marshall Plan itself did much more than transfer cash; it tackled important social, political, and governance problems too.
But leave that aside, and the question remained: One might say that both men spoke out of a history of Western fear and disdain for non-Western peoples. But I see something different, much more interesting and, in a way, more hopeful.
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