TBC Book Review: Le Grand Remplacement

Le Grand Remplacement (3rd Ed.), Renaud Camus, Renaud Camus 2015.

Book presentation

Someone once wrote about Renaud Camus: “What bothers me most, though, is that so many of Camus’s severest critics are literary critics and yet seem totally uninterested in distinguishing between statements made in a political tract [emphasis mine, E.] and those made in a personal diary, or between statements that are declarations and statements that are presented “in quotation marks” like the anti-Semitic statements quoted above.” That was in 2000, in reaction to the Camus Affair 1.

That was a long time ago. Most of Le Grand Remplacement consists of political tracts of varying lengths written between 2010 and 2015. Many of these tracts were written for public speeches by Camus (he held some of them in front of legal courts). The book also contains a magazine interview and a fragment of a story for children, in which the land of Ørop decides to exit history.

Camus considers that France currently faces its gravest peril in 1500 year of history. Indeed, France, in the sense of a real, continuous line of people, is not far from meeting its end.

What is most perilous about this peril is that, though France faces it, the French themselves are looking the other way 2 — the other way of death by auto-genocide.

In Le Grand Remplacement, Camus doesn’t prove that the French people are being replaced by other peoples.

He argues that asking for proof at this late stage of the game is a sign either of blindness or cowardice.

Camus does provide an explanation of the Great Replacement. Ethnocultural substitution supported by antiracist dogma is a consequence of a global ideology of replacism, itself based on the fact that power structures favor replaceable or easily replaced components, and that the need to replace products 3 is a powerful business model.

The absence of resistance is the result of the destruction of the education system, combined with stultifying entertainment media, and a high level of drug consumption (prescription or illegal). This makes it less of a challenge for the mainstream media, the academic experts and the politicians 4 to impose their replacist newspeak on the people.

Camus sees two possibilities: either the French people reject replacism and send the replacers packing, or the replacers impose their identity on France, thereby also ending replacism.

Book discussion

  • Who is Renaud Camus really?

Camus keeps an online public notebook in which you’ll find his bank statements and the number of the hotel room in which he stays when he’s on the road.

There are two aspects of Camus. One is receptive to the multiple layers of meaning that inhabit both structures and historical processes. Thus Camus’s interpretation of the Great Replacement as colonization is what allows him to claim Frantz Fanon as a heroic inspiration to liberate the French nation from its conquerors or would-be conquerors. This is a general trait of Camus’s way of thinking and writing. That is why there is a built-in affinity of Camus with the Internet (too bad Robert Musil didn’t have the Internet).

We’re talking 100+ books here.

The other side of Camus is his monolithic certainty of the greatness of French and European civilization. The layers of meaning are relative, but the cultural axis is absolute, is imperative — and that is why truth must be spoken to power.

  • The contradictions of progressivism

The history of the attempted extermination of the Jews by National-Socialism can’t be taught in many classrooms of France. This has been so for at least fifteen years. Antiracism is the useful idiot of replacism. Smart Jews see the problem 5.

More fundamentally, antiracist dogma is inherently illogical and contradictory, because it asserts both that races don’t exist, and that they are equal.

Camus doesn’t write about the other walking, talking (mainly talking) replacist contradiction that is feminism (can anyone find me a single boomer who does?).

NEW STRATEGY: antagonize feminists — score intense, widespread heterosexual support (it worked for Milo Yiannopoulos).

  • Replacism as terminal progressivism

What makes replacism terminal is that those who are replacing the replaced are not themselves progressivists.

Replacism is progressivism’s death-wish.

Recently, Camus noted that replacism and property rights ultimately aren’t compatible.

  • USA / Europe comparison

Camus sees the same evolution in the USA as in Europe: “In the USA, where the change of people is happening in the same way as here — the descendants of those who built this nation finding themselves now in the minority — […].”

Camus doesn’t buy into the American melting-pot narrative.

  • Post-truth & “fauxel”

In the aftermath of the recent US election, progressivists have made a lot of noise about the “post-truth era” we supposedly find ourselves in. “Fake news” and “Russian bots” belong to the same phenomenon.

They’re not just using these terms to cope with the shock caused by Brexit and Trump. The German government is preparing next year’s general election by pushing the idea that anonymous or pseudonymous online criticisms of the government are the result of Russian bot activity.

In Camus’s terminology, this represents another vertiginous expansion of the realm of the falseal (combining “false” and “real”), the edifice of permanent replacist lies maintained by media, academia, and other State institutions.

Among the falseal narratives, we find of course the idea that people like Camus are the cause behind the failure of multicultural social peace.

NEW STRATEGY: What we’re dealing with here is magical thinking in its purest form, the equivalent of a voodoo doll for thymoleptic progressives. Always remind replacist idiots their virtue signalling is causing them to utterly confuse cause and effect, Spandrell-style. Ask them to explain how Camus created the problem by naming it. Ask them if they believe the migrant crisis is part of Camus’s strategy.

  • Camus from an NRx point of view.

Creating political parties? Running for the presidency? Exhorting the people to revolt, in public?

This is even worse than it sounds because of French hate speech laws. In France, speaking truth to power means getting fined repeatedly for inciting hatred. Antiracist sycophants earn premiums for taking Camus to court. The lügenpresse then makes sure to constantly remind everyone he’s been condemned for hate speech.

NEW STRATEGY: Camus should put this information on his resume and always start his interventions by reminding people about how he earned those medals of antireplacist honor. Any politician lacking distinctions of this kind deserves to be mocked. Let’s make antireplacist street credibility great again.

Camus’s actual political program is of great interest.

Yes, it’s in French. Overall, it’s not that far from this plan (in the sense that it’s closer than any other known program 6). Also check out this old post by Mencius Moldbug: based on his program alone, Camus’s election qualifies as a true election, involving a “complete transition of authority” from replacism to antireplacism, that is to say anti-progressivism.

NEW STRATEGY: Implement neoreaction in France via true election of Renaud Camus. –> We’ve already got the crown part covered (see featured image).

Note on program point #21 & the use of pseudonyms

Renaud Camus’s political program contains 77 points.

Point #21 says the following:

“The 1993 law on first names, granting full discretion to parents to give any name of their choice or invention to their children, shall be abolished. The old system shall be restored, that is to say the (very long) list of authorized names, borrowed from calendar saints, the Christian martyrology, ancient and modern heroes. It will not be permitted to change the first name at will, nor of course the last name. As to patronyms in the strict sense, they shall become the rule again, allowing for exceptions only by court decision. It is essential to reinscribe the French into lineage, that is to say into history, into time, into what lasts long, instead of abandoning them, under the guise of individual liberties, to a presenteistic anomie, removed as much from the Centuries as from the earthen soil, which of course is the condition desired for them, that is to say for it, for its interests and designs, by global replacism.”

Zemmour defends a similar idea (causing great consternation among various progressivists). However it is Camus who shows the deep connexion between name, language, freedom and lineage. A man only has his word and signs it with his name — and both the word and the name can last for a long time, can subsist over generations.

Yes, pseudonyms are a symptom of replacist decadence.

What we also get with Camus is a true reactionary, or perhaps rather a recursive understanding of what Ruyer called the “conquest of time”.

Indeed Camus distinguishes the spatial and the temporal meanings of the word remigration: in the spatial dimension, it refers to the conquerors or would-be conquerors who would have to leave ; but in the temporal dimension, it is the French who must return to their cultural sources — Camus calls for a European remigration of the soul.

Sounds like axial recursion to me.

One of Camus’s core concepts is nocence (nuisance). It captures all the negative externalities of replacism, including on the ecological level those induced by diachronic replacism (planned obsolescence). A new social contract based on in-nocence (non-nuisance) formulates the most general aim of socio-economic organization according to the party of in-nocence (this concept didn’t take off in the same way the Great Replacement name did.)

In truth I believe Camus has broken with the social ontology of liberalism, as there is simply no room for lineage in such a universe.

Note on cretins

This tweet quotes Ruyer (it received an immediate retweet from Camus): “The harder life is under natural conditions, the more men find ways to make it even harder.” — I suspect it is with this mindset that he, among other things, specifically endures pseudonymous cretins on Twitter.

And, dear non-French reader, dear Anglo and German reader in particular, let me tell you this: there are no cretins on Earth like French cretins. No cretin on this planet can match the bottomless half-educated ignorance aping the arrogance of the educated found in the French cretin.

“Africa has monkeys, Europe has the French.” — Schopenhauer. Well, just as the French always judge the Germans to be illegitimate barbarians, so the Germans eternally deem the French to be race-mixing weaklings. The Great Replacement, saint Merkel and the spectre of Adolf H. will prove them all to have been correct in the end, won’t they?

The Great Replacement is the great equalizer, the final triumph of entropy over the higher forms of life on this planet.

In defense of the Germans: they can read Camus in their own language.


From Camus’s book, one could build a timeline of key acts of patriotic resistance during the 2010-2015 period 7. Something happened in France and in Europe during those years, suggesting a critical mass of her people may finally and after all rise to her defense.

As the situation continues to worsen, the civilized solutions proposed by Camus will cease to be applicable, even in theory. Perhaps as early as 2020, “patriotic resistance” could have a whole new meaning in France — words and programs will be less relevant than guns and organization.

We’re not there yet though. Camus is still a presidential candidate, the most eloquent one of all, and the one we have the most to learn from. Buy his book here.


  1. In 2000, an intense debate erupted among French intellectuals regarding the alleged anti-Semitism contained in one passage of La Campagne de France — Journal 1994 (Camus is a renowned diarist). The publisher first withdrew the book, then published an expurgated version. More information here, some of it in English, some of it in German, most of it in French. 
  2.  The global cities of the progressivist imperium are full of tribute-paying hostages of replacism. As a consequence, far too many Parisians are low-thymos. 
  3. Instead of repairing them, or of simply building things to last. 
  4.  What American neoreactionaries call the Cathedral
  5. Camus’s philosopher friend Alain Finkielkraut realizes this, albeit in a half-arsed way. Camus and Finkielkraut are fundamentally saying exactly the same thing regarding the madness of antiracism (I suspect they agree on every substantial theoretical question). On a practical level, Camus is willing to ally himself with various kinds of patriots opposed to the Great Replacement, when Finkielkraut still feels, and will probably always feel the need to signal his virtue (Camus “worries him”, Zemmour is “insensitive”, etc.). 
  6. Though the FN hasn’t published its own one yet (–> sarcasm explained by next footnote). 
  7. This timeline would also show the curious transformation of the Front National into a replacist party that boldly asserts the compatibility of Islam with the French Republic. Yet Islam is fundamentally incompatible with France, and, even more generally, with Europe. Kek wept and Gnon did not care as usual. 

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