I never thought I’d say this in the same breath, but both Gérard Depardieu and Vladimir Putin have become my personal heroes. When Socialism comes a-knocking in France, where did the scion of the French Cinema go? Why, to the Kremlin, of course!
This is just too delicious for words. Think the rich and successful are dishonest, parasitic leeches on the face of society? Think it’s their duty to sit still for oppressive taxation and social abuse at the hands of a populist government? Well, the Russian Federation will take them off your hands for free! The Wikipedia entry on Depardieu has already been altered to call him a “French-born Russian.” This is just the greatest thing ever. Oh, sure, it’s a lot of political posturing that has nothing to do with France or Russia, per se, I know that. But it’s still pretty funny. It’s also a great example of non-violent, non-aggressive protest, in the finest tradition of Western Liberalism.
«Je pars parce que vous considérez que le succès, la création, le talent, en fait, la différence, doivent être sanctionnés,» wrote Depardieu in the Journal du Dimanche, “I am leaving because you [the Socialists] consider that success, creativity, talent, in essence, non-conformity itself, should be placed under sanction.” Amen, brother.
In the United States, it’s a common and tired refrain (mostly among the members of the Left) to say that you’re going to move to another country if so-and-so gets elected. You have to hand it to a guy who actually followed through. Not to mention the delectable schadenfreude to be found in the howls of anger among the Socialist intelligentsia, calling him unpatriotic and pathetic for thinking that forking over 85% of his income in 2012 might have been a bit burdensome. And oh! the mealy-mouthed rhetoric that goes with it, all the co-opted voluntarist terminology about “spreading the wealth,” “sharing,” “giving” the government your money and “social responsibilities.” Depardieu is simply the most prominent person so far to call this nonsense what it is: theft by violence, plain and simple. One can only hope more people, both in Europe and the U.S., get the message, and soon.
Спрездом в россию, Товарищ Депардье!