Next Stop, France?
To the Editor:
Regarding Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry’s essay on the “Francification of America” [March], Americans are often blithely unaware of how little they know about Europe and Europeans. Europeans, especially the French, believe they know a great deal more about America and Americans than they really do.
Mr. Gobry’s article points to some serious and legitimate concerns, but to assert that a significant transformation in American culture is under way is absurd. With all due respect, transformations of the kind he writes about do not take place in a matter of months or several years, but in a matter of decades and centuries.
Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry writes:
I do not argue that the American political economy is being “transform[ed]” overnight. I argue, rather, that a long process, accelerated and made manifest by the combination of the Great Recession and the Obama administration’s policies, is under way. If unchecked, it will lead—yes, eventually—to a transformation of the American political economy and culture. And I express the worry that at some point this process could acquire so much momentum that it would become irreversible. Of course, I hope to be proven wrong by history, but I do not believe my concerns “absurd.”