restricted access L’Action Française. To the Editor of The Church Times
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364 ] L’Action Française To the Editor of The Church Times The Church Times, 99 (2 Mar 1928) 240 Sir, – Your note following my letter in last week’s issue enables me to prevent a possible misunderstanding.1 I assert merely that Charles Maurras’s political philosophy is a reasonable one, and not a gospel of militarism. It is constructed, of course, for France; but it does not require the hegemony of France; it is capable of being applied to other countries, and it is consistent with the peace of Europe. But I am not concerned to defend the accuracy of all of M. Maurras’s informationorthewisdomofeveryoneofhisviews.Asforhispolicytowards Locarno, I could not go into that without expressing my own views, which are of no interest. As for M. Maurras’s political judgment in general, I cannot do better than quote the words of Mr. Denis Gwynn, who certainly cannot be accused (in his book, The Action Française Condemnation) of being too favourable in his opinions: “There can be few publicists in all Europe who have had their consistent political predictions so literally fulfilled as M. Maurras.”2 24, Russell Square, London, W.C. 1. T. S. Eliot Notes 1. In the editorial comment on TSE’s letter of 24 Feb (3.352), the editor complained that TSE “does not meet our charge that M. Maurras constantly repudiates the ‘Locarno spirit,’ assails M. Briand for his part in Locarno, and charges the Pope with being pro-German because he supports Locarno.” 2. (London: Burns, Oates and Washbourne, 1928); read: “There can be few publicists in all Europe who have had their consistent political predictions so literally fulfilled, or who have been able to go on year after year expounding without modification the same set of principles, diagnosingthesamemaladies,andprescribingthesameremedybothfortheinternalandexternal ills of their country” (27). Denis Rolleston Gwynn (1893-1973), Irish journalist, historian, biographer, and editor of The Dublin Review, served on the Western Front in France during World War I and previously authored The Catholic Reaction in France (1924). Gwynn replied in the issue of 9 Mar “to say that I think [Mr. Eliot] attaches rather too much importance to the sentence he has quoted . . . it is surely impossible to question Mr. Eliot’s [ 365 L’Action Française claim that the political philosophy of Charles Maurras ‘is a reasonable one.’ But he is on much more debatable ground when he says that M. Maurras does not aim at, or at least desire, the ‘hegemony of France,’ the loss of which he so constantly deplores. . . . I find it difficult to accept Mr. Eliot’s statement that the political philosophy of M. Maurras ‘is consistent with the peace of Europe’” (272-73). ...


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