Albert Camus, Colonialist For Justice

“In the Anglo-American West, where Camus is often revered as a kind of French Orwell, his stand on Algeria is typically taken as the sole mark against him.” Yet, as Thomas Meaney reminds us, Camus’s opposition to Algerian independence wasn’t just loyalty to his own pied-noir community: he wanted genuine equality for all Algerians as French citizens.