the favorite racist fantasy of the anti-immigrant movement in the US.
The protagonist of the novel is a poor, deformed Indian man, fondly referred to as “the turd-eater” (he actually eats excrement).
Atop his shoulders sits a psychic child and together they plot the end of Western civilisation by leading an “armada” of 800,000 underprivileged Indians to France.
European leaders – both political and religious – come together to decide whether to open the borders and let them in or kill them all.
Their delayed deliberations however, lead the ships ever closer to their shores and by the time the French government scramble together a military to push them back – it’s too late.
The invading migrants kill left-wing radicals who had gathered to welcome them.
France, and by extension the rest of the western world becomes overrun with foreigners.
And then, in Raspail's mind, the clash of civilisations comes to fruition as Chinese people move in on Russia and the Queen of England is forced to take a Pakistani woman as her daughter-in-law.
Some of the descriptions of the Indian ‘invaders’ include:
…thousands of wretched creatures...
[the bodies are] Scraggy branches, brown and black … All bare, those fleshless Gandhi-arms.
Playing on the idea of sexual deviancy (much like recent unsubstantiated claims of refugees committing rape in Germany), he writes of the ships:
Everywhere, rivers of sperm… streaming over bodies, oozing between breasts, and buttocks, and thighs, and lips, and fingers.
How does this fit with Bannon's views?
Bannon’s views border on the fatalistic, and he previously argued about the inevitability war.
Historian David Kaiser, who was interviewed in Bannon’s 2010 documentary Generation Zero, recounts a conversation with Trump’s aide, which reiterated his militaristic view of the future.
More than once during our interview, [Bannon] pointed out that each of the three preceding crises had involved a great war, and those conflicts had increased in scope from the American Revolution through the Civil War to the Second World War.
He expected a new and even bigger war as part of the current crisis, and he did not seem at all fazed by the prospect.
This man holds one of the most influential posts in the American government.