In his most current column, CounterPunch editor Jeffrey St. Clair mentioned the resurrection of an aged idea that the KGB experienced a hand in the loss of life of the French writer Albert Camus. Here’s why which is unlikely.
1. “The Rebel” is a excellent guide.
2. I never like Sartre, he did almost nothing for the Resistance (Camus did considerably), and absolutely nothing worthwhile from postwar Stalinism (Camus did much), and his gal-pal was a sexual predator.
3. I could effortlessly believe Stalin placing a strike on Camus, but not Khrushchev (important stage).
4. The Facel Vega product car or truck Camus was killed in was:
– major (1.75 tons, 3500 lb),
– experienced drum brakes (which “fade” – reduce stopping means since of friction heating all through hefty use – drastically far more than disc brakes, which have been very first adopted by Jaguar in 1955, adhering to airplane follow, and ever more by others thereafter),
– was nose heavy, mainly because of its large Chrysler V8 front motor, and which sales opportunities to “oversteering” – swinging broader than intended by the angle of the steering wheel (indicating you have to “understeer” as you go into a switch at velocity, to go where by you want) – which is why race car producers (the best kinds) progressively went to mid-engine configurations following 1960-1963,
– experienced an “ox cart” rear suspension (live axle with semi elliptic leaf springs), the rear configuration minimum adept for precise “handling” (response to highway surface area problems/bumpiness, reaction for exact directionality of the auto), but the front suspension (impartial) was pretty fantastic,
– quick mainly because in spite of its substantial weight, it experienced loads of horsepower (250hp, hence 14lb/hp), up to to 120-128mph prime speed,
– does not surface to have had any seat belts (and air bags were ~20 decades in the long term).
An experienced driver (like a race driver) of the working day would know how significantly to go in balancing:
– steering wheel angle,
– progressive and anticipatory braking (to prevent brake fade from a previous-next stress-braking stomp, one thing now carried out by Ab muscles: computerized braking systems WITH disc brakes), and
– handle sliding (which is hugely dependent on highway surface, dust-dust and in particular drinking water and ice go over generating sliding much much more harmful and really quickly uncontrollable).
So I assume that:
– Camus’ publisher and the proprietor of the auto was not likely to have had driving ability as refined as a competitiveness driver of the 1950s,
– that a wealthy and self-happy “hot” luxury automobile operator could quickly travel in a way beyond his skill amount (this continues to be plan),
– that the automobile in query experienced a considerably lower threshold of uncontrollability than autos of subsequent several years, and particularly of even the most modest of funds vehicles currently,
– and that this type of auto lacked all of the basic safety advancement that have been created since “Unsafe At Any Speed.”
So my estimation is that Camus died as a end result of auto crash in a potent speedy major slow-braking poor-managing no-protection-devices luxury vehicle pushed way too fast for the skill level of its wealthy operator-driver. In quick: DRIVER Mistake.