Should we only remember one thing from Albert Camus’ immense legacy let it be this: a state of siege can only thrive on fear. The cementing, enclaving fear, on which the highest yet barriers are erected but founded on sandy grounds.

When fear goes away so do chains, dictatorship and terror. Yesterday there was Hitler, today there are the algorithms, tomorrow (or is it already here?) an automated thinking pre-processed to tell us who and what to vote, what, how, how much and who to consume.

illustration © Araso
illustration © Araso

By corrupting the mind like gangrene, fear can be hard to beat. Albert Camus give us the one and only possible remedy: amputation without compromise.

Let’s not underestimate the power of human will. Let’s never forget the sovereign inalienable freedom of each individual to say no. This sharp and indisputable “no” against which that very few stand firm.

On the eve of France’s presidential elections… to detach oneself from the most boring table tennis competition of the 5th Republic and to take the time to re-read Camus’ Plague.


L’Etat de Siège (The State of Siege), the 1948 play by Camus de 1948, was staged by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota at the Espace Cardin of the Théâtre de la Ville in Paris from March 8th to April 1st 2017.