Hummingbirds for Hedgehogs, Cats for Mice: General Commentary AND a Review of LA POUDRE AUX YEUX by Justine Reix
Late last week, I learned that SBU stormtroopers had arrested Gonzalo Lira again in Kharkov. He stands accused of, much like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, telling the truth. Here’s praying for the best for him, his family, and his friends. I suppose emailing Tony Blinken the suggestion Lira is really a lesbian basketball druggie will not help as, of course, he and all other honest men can expect zero assistance from the imperial Yankee government. Today’s book review deals with government incompetence, dishonesty, and callous disregard - getting there in just a moment. Just the other week, all three characteristics were on full display when Joe Wilson (R - South Israelina) dropped House Res. 322, which might as well be known as the “Hey! While We’re Being Totally Wicked And Stupid, Let’s Declare (Unwinnable) War On Russia Act Of 2023”. Don’t worry, you, your children, and your grandchildren will pick up the potential tab for that.
Also, not too long ago, I learned of a terrible misdefinition of the “Sigma Male” of Socio-Sexual Hierarchy (SSH) fame. Many a right-winger, including the author of the original taxonomy, were amused at the reporting on the subject by one writer at VICE. She got it wrong, obviously, but I’m not entirely certain it was all her fault. Many illegitimate sources have out-of-the-blue claimed expertise in all things SSH. It may be a case of her not looking deeply enough, instead becoming satisfied by what she saw blathered all over creation (and TikTok). There was also the subtle feeling of Gekaufte Journalisten at work. Some SSH ideas help the heterosexual male members of the right and are thus anathema to Clown World. Regardless, writers like her get paid to produce content. Given everything, I found it difficult to fault her too hard.
But I did look into her, finding this:
What a beautiful … book!
It turned out to be not such a bad book either. Here’s my Review of La Poudre Aux Yeux: Enquête sur le Ministère de l'Ecologie by Justine Reix, JC Lattès (2022) (US) (FR).
La Poudre Aux Yeux, (Powder in the Eyes), is the tandem call for better ecological policy, and a discovery that government does not necessarily work as promised. It is not, as of yet, available in English. That may deter the casual non-French reader. However, I am told that multiple digital parties have assembled easy-to-use translation services. So there is hope for the intrepid reader.
My Amazon review, below, essentially summarizes most of my thoughts on Reix’s book. However, I will first share a few more specific revelations for readers of my blog and, especially, the gangs at Reckonin’ and Abbeville. After all, agrarianism is a major theme for Southern People. It even received titular and topical treatment in Alan Harrelson’s (hey, bub!) doctoral dissertation at MSU, Native to the Soil: Twentieth-Century Agrarian Thought in the Upland South. Agrarianism is inescapably linked to ecology and environment matters. We all have to live somewhere, and most of us would like our somewheres as pristine as possible. Over the past few years, for reasons related to chemtrails, railroad fires, DNA-altering “vaccines”, and more, many on the right have changed their thinking about environmental issues. We all remain at least somewhat suspicious of the government and its (often corporate) owners.
A primary expertise of mine is in spotting and understanding evil trends in political matters, which is very, very easy. This helped markedly in appreciating Reix’s realization that France’s Ministry of Ecology might not do the best job of representing the interests of the French people. For her part, I suppose she is and was an idealistic, liberal young woman who perhaps thought things semi-worked as advertised. I was relieved to see, despite coming around to the harsh truth, she never lost her fire regarding her core concerns.
However, many of my readers may not know it, but I was briefly, for one class in one college quarter, a student of Eugene Odum, the “father of modern ecology”. The class might have been entirely conducted by a graduate student, and I may have forgotten 97% of what I learned, but there’s still that 3%, right? There’s also the fact that I appreciate a clean environment. Many of the principles of modern “climate change” ecology I not only disagree with but know to be disproven, observably and mathematically. Reix covers some of that, but innocently and not in any raging or pushy fashion. I do agree with her on many of the other matters she discusses. Much of her caution and advice, especially as to what individuals and families can and should do, is sound. The great geostrategic and economic changes of the past year are literally forcing some of her proposals on the world; she called for a lessening of globalization, and that’s what we’re getting. Families in rural Doubs, France, and in rural northern Alabama are already practicing better ways that look suspiciously like traditional ways.
For the Amazonians, I noted one particular point that I and Reix both found saddening - the fact that many young people are actively foregoing family formation and children out of fear of damaging the planet. There are other factors, economic and cultural at work, but this trend is real. I hope it ends immediately. Our greater ecological risk is damaging ourselves more than or to a higher degree than the Earth. And the only people who should have to fear are the people who have wrecked our fields, streams, towns, schools, economies, DNA, tranquility, sanity, and nations. Kids, that is not you; have no fear. Get out there, be happy, and have a bunch of children!
Also, keep those children out of organized schools and, to the greatest extent possible, out of the dying postmodern culture. While discussing potential corrective ecological approaches, Reix quotes a Léo Cohen, p. 138 (Kindle), on a similar entangled subject: “Quand on oblige les parents à mettre leurs enfants à l’école dès l’âge de 3 ans , on ne parle pas d’éducation punitive . Il y a une bataille culturelle à mener (When we force parents to put their children in school from the age of 3, we are not talking about punitive education. There's a cultural battle to be fought)”. I do talk and write about “punitive” education, all the time. The schools in France, as-is, work much better than those in the former United States. However, they still force parents to send their children to be forcibly instructed in whatever the force of the state decrees appropriate. Interestingly, many of Reix’s personal suggestions, such as buying, growing, and living locally, appear most compatible with the concepts of homeschooling and parental (not state) control over children.
There are other points I could make, though I think those work here. So now, please read my (5-Star) review submitted to Amazon, in French (translation follows):
Colibris pour Hérissons
...and in English
Hummingbirds for Hedgehogs
In closing, I gently correct Mademoiselle Reix. Lovely little hummingbird, ignoring the learned wisdom of the TikTok kings, while Bateman may be a Sigma gone maliciously insane, there are two more plausible classificatory explanations. First, if the story of American Psycho was fictitiously “factual”, then he is most likely an Alpha gone maliciously insane. Second, if the tale was a delusional dream, then, to me, it appears more likely than not he is a delusional Omega (possibly a delusional Gamma) gone maliciously, delusionally insane. Nonetheless, thank you for your dedication and spirit clearing away the powder.
This piece has been published on Perrin Lovett.me on May 10, 2023.
Perrin Lovett is a novelist, author, and small-time meddler. He is a loveable, unobtrusive somewhat-right-wing Christian nationalist residing somewhere in Dixie. The revised second edition of his groundbreaking novel, THE SUBSTITUTE, is available from Shotwell Publishing and Amazon. Find his ramblings at www.perrinlovett.me. Deo Vindice!