Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Elle Persiste et Signe
Marine Le Pen by franceinter
The end of this interview, in which Marine Le Pen talks economics, is an extraordinary profession of faith. "La politique peut tout," she says, and apparently she believes that she will be able to work the miracle of loaves and fishes if she is elected. Because she will exit the euro, throw up customs barriers around France ("like 95% of the other countries in the world"), and yet suffer none of the adverse consequences that such moves might be expected to engender.
I would like to say that such fanciful notions would immediately disqualify in the eyes of the electorate, but in the United States the Republican Party has been wedded for years to even more fanciful notions without much damage to its support, so apparently mass delusion and mass education are perfectly compatible. Even, alas, in the land of Descartes, although it is to be hoped that there Marine Le Pen remains unelectable, malgré tout, whereas in the US, anything could happen.