Les Brigandes is a French pop/rock group made of female Traditionalist Catholics. I was first made aware of them by Patrick Le Brun’s excellent article in Counter-Currents. Through the use of catchy melodies, clever lyrics, and irrepressible good humor, Les Brigandes elevates Identitiarian belief to the level of art, and provides an emotionally uplifting presence to make any depressed European smile.
A section of their songs and videos is included on this page. My personal favorite is “The Jacobin Lodge”, their send up of the Masons and Masonic Lodges. As a former Mason I can testify to the truthfulness of the portrayal (old men overeating, etc). The video is both funny and whip-smart, and the lyrics provide a subtle but persuasive critique of the famous order. The song is also quite catchy.
As Patrick Le Brun states in his piece on Counter-Currents: “it is not simply what the Masons do but what they are which is objectionable to them, as made clear in the song.” The song’s denunciation of Masonry is rooted in the Mason’s identity and philosophy of humanism- the “every man created equal” philosophy that the modern French and American states are rooted in. The French Revolution was in many ways copied on and inspired by the American Revolution, and each took root to a large extent as a result of Masonry. The philosophies and aims of the two nations were similarly rooted in the Masonic ideals of “Liberte, Egality, Fraternite”. A man of any race and religion can become a Mason, and it is easy to see the connection between their philosophy and the dark reality we find ourselves in today, where ethnicity and culture are considered “societal constructs”, and lands such as France are flooded with immigrants who share no similarities or common values with native French citizens.
Indeed one could argue that modern Europe and modern America are the apex of Masonic thought, in which all identities have been cast down and the “brotherhood of man” is finally allowed to fully flower. Society is ruled by what Les Brigandes call “the cohort of grand perverts”, perpetually toasting to the “health of Robespierre”. But if the French Revolution taught us anything, its that even the most entrenched rulers may crumble, and Les Brigandes is doing their part to raise awareness, change hearts, and bring a similar fate to the corrupt elites of modern Europe.