He’s not wrong, but it’s still surprising to see the leader of an ally point to some ideas in America as divisive and corrupting.
French President Emmanuel Macron said that “certain social science theories entirely imported from the United States” are an existential threat. They fuel secessionism and gnaw at national unity, as well as abet Islamism and attack France’s intellectual and cultural heritage.
French politicians, high-profile intellectuals and journalists are warning that progressive American ideas — specifically on race, gender, post-colonialism — are undermining their society. “There’s a battle to wage against an intellectual matrix from American universities,’’ warned Mr. Macron’s education minister.
Emboldened by these comments, prominent intellectuals have banded together against what they regard as contamination by the out-of-control woke leftism of American campuses and its attendant cancel culture.