One of the great books of our era is entitled “Submission.” In the 2015 satire, novelist Michel Houellebecq describes a fictional France that gradually submits to Islam.
A little cowardice here, a sudden new insight there. Bridges are built between the new, rising, somehow refreshing power and one’s own, tired way of thinking; abnormality is normalized and even becomes a norm. Ultimately the main character of the novel discovers the advantages of polygamy.
Yes indeed, this is how things can go.
The experimental arrangement in Mr. Houellebecq’s book is unrealistic to the extent that, just in terms of numbers alone, Islam in France is much too weak to bring about such a change. But the mechanisms of submission are valid everywhere; they are currently in motion right before our eyes, in full color and at full speed.