The misery of the rich

News 8 February, 2018
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    Richard Martineau

    Thursday, February 8, 2018 05:00

    Thursday, February 8, 2018 05:00

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    Do you know the Lettres persanes of Montesquieu ?

    This classic of the literature published in 1721 brush a portrait stripper from the West in the Eighteenth century.

    Montesquieu (one of the major figures of the enlightenment) imagine the letters that two travellers persians visiting Paris would write to their friends.

    Their thoughts on this strange country they do not know and who never cease to surprise you with their manners strange…


    These days, I tell myself it could be funny to write a remake of this classic.

    The Lettres persanes 2.

    Thoughts from a Syrian who arrived in Quebec in 2018.

    The guy has lived through the war, he saw his wife and his children die under the bombs, he has known hunger, the terror, the horror.


    Sandwiched between Beelzebub and Lucifer, the troops of Bashar al-Assad and the islamic State.

    This newcomer (who has a powerful post-traumatic stress disorder) reads our newspapers, and what does he see ?

    A prime minister who says that one should not use the word ” humanity “, because it is sexist.

    Transgender people who want to replace the names ” he ” and ” she “with” yel “.

    And feminists who pourfendent the middle-of-the-art because “the walls of the museum are covered with women naked” (opinion piece published in The Press three days ago).

    You can imagine the letters that this guy would send to his friends ?

    Not sure that this man would share our sorrow, our indignation and revolt…

    You know what it looks like ?

    That we complain with a full mouth.

    That one is damn spoiled children.

    And that one of the problems of the rich.

    REALLY ?

    The more I look at us and I we listen, the more I find us to be obscene, objectionable, odious.

    The world is fire and blood, and we complain because our small boys, non-binary and non-genrés are unable to go to school in a dress and high heels.

    In the words of Justin Trudeau to Edmonton : “Really ? Really ???? “

    Petty bourgeois privileged with problems of petty bourgeois privileged.

    Small intellectual whites who live in NDG and Outremont, who listen to classical music while eating chips of kale and who receive generous scholarships to write dissertations that nobody will read on the sex of angels and how to be more politically correct to fuck flies.

    And when we are ashamed of our big comfort dirty, you wrote a beautiful tribute to Che Guevara.

    It feels so rebellious.

    Hou that I am revolted. Wow I’m a rogue.

    Go, hop, we open our computer and we sign a petition against the machismo of the Musée national des beaux-arts.

    Defending the freedom to wear the hijab, of course.

    One is open or else it is not.


    My friend, Denis Gravel of the wicked Radio X in Quebec city never ceases to tell me : our pseudo-problems are problems of the rich.

    “These false debates are the proof that we live in paradise “, I repeat there each week.

    Yes, but…

    There are paintings of naked women in museums, Denis !!!