Fixing Social Insecurity

Posted January 25, 2017 7:46 am by Robert Royal

Fixing Social Insecurity

Last year, Michel Houellebecq’s novel, Submission, was a bestseller and culture-marker in France. It’s endlessly insightful about religion and public life in our wealthy, worn-out Western nations (there’s even an episode in which the protagonist has a vision of the Virgin Mary, though she withdraws and he does not convert). But for present purposes, it’s worth contemplating another part of the story: Because of splits among liberals and conservatives, a “moderate” Muslim becomes president of France. He parcels out ministries (similar to our cabinet posts) to various other (non-Muslim) parties, a traditional French practice, giving them a stake in the

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