Alt-Right Bible 'Camp of The Saints' Proves Everyone's Still Insane - 2018-05-02
The headlines read largely the same: CNBC: "Migrant 'caravan' gathers on US-Mexico border"; The Washington Post: "Migrant 'caravan' gathers on US-Mexico border for final push"; Washington Examiner: "First of the Mexican caravan migrants arrive at the US border."
Yet for members of the alt-right, these aren't headlines so much as a prophecy made 45 years ago. In 1973, French author Jean Raspail published Le Camp des Saints, translated into English as The Camp of the Saints. Steve Bannon has repeatedly made reference to the text, using it as a shorthand for the worst-case-scenarios of immigration. Richard Spencer's Radix declared it "highly original" and decreed that Raspail's "narrative, howsoever exaggerated for effect, was a distillation and condensation of observable reality."
The plot of the book is the same as today's stories: Does the West have the will to repel Third-World migration? Though the novel—more a fable than anything else—is largely unknown to the general population, for the "demographics is destiny" crowd it approximates the same place that Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged does for libertarians.