Pascal Bruckner on “The Tyranny of Guilt”
Europe’s collective sense of guilt weakens its position in international relations, French author and philosopher Pascal Bruckner argues in a new book.
Hampered by a persistent fixation on historical low points — including its role in fascism, communism, racism and imperialism — rather than its positive attributes, Europe by default relinquishes the protection of its sovereignty to the U.S., Bruckner proposes in “The Tyranny of Guilt: An Essay on Western Masochism“.
“If America were to collapse tomorrow, Europe would fall like a house of cards,” he writes.
Bruckner is the author of 18 books, including the novel “Bitter Moon“, which served as the foundation for a film directed by Roman Polanski.
“Europe should at least coordinate its strategic capacities and provide itself with a centre of military power capable of making up for American deficiencies, which are becoming increasingly apparent.”
Bruckner spoke to Reuters after giving a talk at the RSA in central London. Watch the video here: