the french have a, ehem, napoleon complex. the french don't know their place. the french are a little man with a big chip on his shoulder. they talk and act like they still matter. but this isn't 1805, it's 2005. they are still smarting over losses to the anglos going back centuries
they have government appointed panels that offer francophone replacements to the english words that keep creeping into their dying language... to what effect? to look silly and defensive? a confident culture doesn't act defensive, it acts offensive. it doesn't engage in protectionism, it celebrates crosspollination of ideas
the issue is not the irrational hatred of the smaller french by the larger anglos, the issue is the irrational high self-regard of the french. the french still think they matter. i'm not asserting anglo dominance over the french, i'm simply saying the french lost a series of wars and colonial efforts, and now they are much more of a diminished force in the world than the anglos
the point is not that the anglos should adjust themselves to the french and their outsized strident assertiveness on the world stage, i'm saying the french should take a look at their actual state in the world today as their jumping off point for making pronouncements and issuing opinions. not look at their state as of 1805 for making pronouncements and issuing opinions
the french lost in history, they just act like they haven't. perhaps if they didn't sell louisianna to the americans 200 years ago to pursue a costly brief moment of glory in europe, then perhaps everything west of the mississippi and north of the great lakes would be francophone, and the french would matter a lot more in the world
but that's not what happened
there are a lot of other historical turning points: the war with the british in north america, the war to dominate the suez, the war with trafalgar, the loss to dominate india, etc. the french lost, so the french simply matter a lot less
now don't get me wrong, the french can say whatever they want to say. but a well-adjusted person bases their attitude on intelligence, not ego. so when you listen to what the french say, and think about what they can back up, you dismiss a lot of what they say if it is outsized bravado. even the germans are more well-adjusted about their smaller place in the world than the french, perhaps because they had to be smacked hard twice in the last century before they were humbled. the french were never humbled in such a way, and frankly we're fucking sick of this small man with a big mouth
do i sound like an arrogant american to you?
well, guess what, i am!
but i can back up my arrogance with force. the french are arrogant, with no force. they're just pure arrogance
dear gentle reader, allow me to introduce you to true arrogance
the french, to borrow a phrase from chirac, "missed a great opportunity to shut up"
in todays world, the opinions of filipinos and vietnamese, two countries with growing economies and of the same population as france, matters more to me than the opinion of a loud, arrogant, shrinking economy, shrinking population, shrinking language, shrinking culture, shrinking world influence, that is france
france in twilight in the world
goodnight, france, you're done
fuck france, i have nothing for france or any of its opinions or ideas except ridicule
i am far more likely to listen to brazilians, mexicans, nigerians, etc. than i am to listen to anything the french have to say. i respect mexico, brazil, nigeria, etc.: growing, confident positive countries
not an insecure shrinking negative country
to france i say: "non!"
nothing but a little insecure man with a big ego
The tigers of wrath are wiser than the horses of instruction.