Sturgiss Lind, Director of the Center for
Cultural Conservatism at the Free Congress
Foundation, is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, born
July 9, 1947. He graduated magna cum laude, Phi
Beta Kappa from Dartmouth College in 1969 and
received a Master's Degree in History from
Princeton University in 1971. He worked as a
legislative aide for armed services for Senator
Robert Taft, Jr., of Ohio from 1973 through 1976
and held a similar position with Senator Gary
Hart of Colorado from 1977 through 1986. He
joined Free Congress Foundation in 1987.
Mr. Lind is author of the Maneuver Warfare
Handbook (Westview Press, 1985); co-author, with
Gary Hart, of America Can Win: The Case for
Military Reform (Adler & Adler, 1986); and
co-author, with William H. Marshner, of Cultural
Conservatism: Toward a New National Agenda (Free
Congress Foundation, 1987). He has written
extensively for both popular media, including
The Washington Post, The New York Times, and
Harper's, and professional military journals,
including The Marine Corps Gazette, U.S. Naval
Institute Proceedings and Military Review.
Mr. Lind co-authored the prescient article, "The
Changing Face of War: Into the Fourth
Generation," which was published in The Marine
Corps Gazette in October, 1989 and which first
propounded the concept of "Fourth Generation
War." Mr. Lind and his co-authors predicted that
states would increasingly face threats not from
other states, but from non-state forces whose
primary allegiance was to their religion, ethnic
group or ideology. Following the events of
September 11, 2001, the article has been
credited for its foresight by The New York Times
Magazine and The Atlantic Monthly.
Mr. Lind is co-author with Paul M. Weyrich of
the monograph: "Why Islam is a Threat to America
and The West." He is the author of "George W.
Bush's `War on Terrorism': Faulty Strategy and
Bad Tactics?" Both were published in 2002 by the
Free Congress Foundation.
By William S. Lind
April 5, 2006
The ongoing demonstrations and riots against a change in
French labor laws are as normal for France as snails for
dinner. Most Frenchmen agree that France is, and should
remain, a mercantilist rather than a capitalist country.
Every so often, a French government unwisely ignores this
consensus and attempts to fire Monsieur Colbert from his
permanent post as Minister of Economics. French workers take
to the streets in protest, and after huffing and puffing for
a while, the government gives in and restores Colbert to his
honored post. It is one of the rites of spring, and no cause
for genuine alarm.
But this year is different. A new, Fourth Generation
presence has manifested itself. Roving gangs of young
Islamics, many of them black, have joined the festivities.
They have come not to march shoulder-to-shoulder with French
students and workers, demonstrating the Left's fraternité,
but to assault, beat, kick and rob them. The Left, it seems,
has a problem.
The European cultural Left, which includes most of the
nominal European Right, has for decades proclaimed the
desirability of "multiculturalism." Religion, culture, race,
those basic ingredients of human history, were no longer to
matter. Beneath such superstructures, all people were to be
seen as the same, wanting material things, sharing warm
feelings toward one another, united by class consciousness
far more than they could ever be divided by mere accidents
of birth. "Diversity" would unite the best from all
cultures, while the worst would magically vanish.
In this culturally Marxist world view, the most heinous
of sins was to suggest that someone else was "the Other."
That was racism, classism, fascism, and every other ism
under the sun. Anyone who dared view another religion,
culture or race as in any way unwelcome or even problematic
was supposed to look in the mirror and see "another Hitler."
In the case of the young Moslems who are attacking French
demonstrators, however, it is not Le Pen and his followers
who are labeling them "the Other." They are proclaiming
themselves "the Other," and they are doing so forcefully.
Their Other, in turn, is not the Right, but simply
Frenchmen. Any man, woman or child of French ancestry is a
target, an enemy, regardless of how impeccable his Leftist
credentials. European distinctions of Left and Right mean
nothing to this self-proclaimed Other. What matters to these
products of multiculturalist immigration policies is exactly
the realities multiculturalism was supposed to abolish, the
ancient identities of religion, culture and race. The New
sought to replace the Old, but the Old is re-emerging to
displace the New.
The root issue, as usual in the Fourth Generation, is
primary loyalty. Most French workers and students, however
Leftist their politics, are Frenchmen first. The Moslem
hooligans - or should we say warriors? - attacking them will
never give their primary loyalty to France. They are "the
Other" by choice and by pride, not by economic or any other
circumstances. No school, no housing project, no job program
will take their loyalty away from the Other. As the Other,
and as young men, they will look not for economic
opportunities but for opportunities to fight.
The French Left is now painfully discovering that
"diversity" is a synonym for taking a swim in the shark
tank. For those of us who are cultural conservatives, the
situation has its amusing aspects. We did tell them so, over
and over again. They stopped their ears and yelled "ism!
ism! ism!" back at us. Now, they are finding it is easier to
block their ears than to keep themselves from being kicked
in the streets of Paris by the very people they welcomed to
Regrettably, the colossal mess created by
"multiculturalism" affects all Europeans and Americans,
Right as well as Left. I will say again what I have said
before: in a Fourth Generation world, invasion by immigrants
who do not acculturate is more dangerous than invasion by
the army of a foreign state. In America, a similar invading
army took to our streets last week, demonstrating against
any attempt to stem the invasion. Few of the flags they
carried were American.
What must occur before the rest of us get the message?
William S. Lind is Director for the Center for Cultural
Conservatism for the Free Congress Foundation.