Pascal Bruckner on “The Tyranny of Guilt”

May 18, 2010

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:

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