Guy Hates English

(I'm American, but I've lived in France for the last nine years and speak fluent French.)

I just came across this book, written by a Canadian author. Michel Brűlé really doesn't like England or the United States. I particularly enjoyed his blurb because I grew up in Amherst.

The title, Anglaid, is a combination of the French words for English (anglais) and ugly (laid). A rough equivalent would be Engly or Uglish.

Here is a translation of the author's blurb, with no exaggeration:

"Like millions, I used to feel the incredible power of attraction of English. With time, I realized that the genius of the language, its English-American culture and its incredible attraction always resulted in a downward flattening. Beyond a decadent civilization characterized by a retarded and omnipresent cinema, by superficial music (also omnipresent), I came to understand that there was something still worse attached to this language and this culture: intolerance. This intransigeance has been manifested for centuries by incessant wars, but also by unparalleled racism: consider all those slogans like those of the Ku Klux Klan: "White Power", "Speak White" or "The only good indian is a dead indian" (the guiding principle in the extermination of 40 million native Americans). If the Germans are ashamed of their Nazi past, the English have glorified Amherst, who first used biological warfare, Monckton, to whom we owe the first ethnic cleansing, and Kitchener, who invented concentration camps. 

To crown all this, English-speakers are extremely narcissitic and ethnocentric: they only watch their own films, only read their own books, only listen to their own music, and almost always eat only their own grub -- I daren't call it food. The most sceptical will say that the French, for example, were the same, when France more or less controled the world. That is false: the French, in spite of their undeniable arrogance, were very open to the world. It is not an exageration to affirm that English-speakers are nothing less than the most ethnocentric people in the history of humanity. 

I have made a revolutionary observation that could explain the superiority complex of English-speakers. Could it be possible that this complex is inherent in the language itself? I think so. In fact, the English language is a unique linguistic case. In English, "I" is written in upper case, and there is only one way to designate the other. When he speaks respectifully to another, a French speaker, Portugese speaker or German speaker puts him on a pedestal, but the English speaker, with his overdeveloped "I", puts himself on the pedestal. This relation between the all-powerful "I" and the you, isn't it one of subordination, of subjection? English is a language irremediably sworn to imperialism, and the negative leadership of English-American culture pushes the entire world into decadence and war. Continuing to push English as the universal language can only lead us to a dead end. It's time to move on."
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