In his most recent column, CounterPunch editor Jeffrey St. Clair pointed out the resurrection of an outdated idea that the KGB had a hand in the demise of the French author Albert Camus. Here’s why which is unlikely.
1. “The Rebel” is a fantastic reserve.
2. I never like Sartre, he did almost nothing for the Resistance (Camus did a great deal), and nothing worthwhile towards postwar Stalinism (Camus did much), and his gal-pal was a sexual predator.
3. I could simply imagine Stalin putting a strike on Camus, but not Khrushchev (critical point).
4. The Facel Vega product car or truck Camus was killed in was:
– significant (1.75 tons, 3500 lb),
– had drum brakes (which “fade” – shed halting skill for the reason that of friction heating throughout large use – substantially additional than disc brakes, which ended up initially adopted by Jaguar in 1955, pursuing plane observe, and progressively by many others thereafter),
– was nose weighty, due to the fact of its big Chrysler V8 entrance engine, and which prospects to “oversteering” – swinging broader than supposed by the angle of the steering wheel (meaning you have to “understeer” as you go into a flip at speed, to go the place you want) – which is why race automobile companies (the finest types) significantly went to mid-motor configurations soon after 1960-1963,
– had an “ox cart” rear suspension (live axle with semi elliptic leaf springs), the rear configuration least adept for exact “handling” (reaction to road surface area problems/bumpiness, response for exact directionality of the vehicle), but the front suspension (unbiased) was pretty very good,
– rapid due to the fact in spite of its substantial fat, it experienced loads of horsepower (250hp, thus 14lb/hp), up to to 120-128mph prime pace,
– does not show up to have had any seat belts (and air luggage were being ~20 a long time in the foreseeable future).
An professional driver (like a race driver) of the working day would know how considerably to go in balancing:
– steering wheel angle,
– progressive and anticipatory braking (to stay clear of brake fade from a last-next stress-braking stomp, a thing now finished by Ab muscles: automatic braking devices WITH disc brakes), and
– manage sliding (which is highly dependent on road area, dust-dust and especially water and ice include building sliding a great deal much more harmful and very very easily uncontrollable).
So I believe that:
– Camus’ publisher and the owner of the auto was not likely to have experienced driving talent as refined as a competitors driver of the 1950s,
– that a wealthy and self-pleased “hot” luxury car operator could very easily travel in a way past his skill degree (this continues to be regime),
– that the car in dilemma experienced a substantially decreased threshold of uncontrollability than automobiles of subsequent years, and primarily of even the most modest of budget cars these days,
– and that this kind of motor vehicle lacked all of the security improvement that have been formulated because “Unsafe At Any Pace.”
So my estimation is that Camus died as a final result of auto crash in a potent quickly weighty gradual-braking lousy-handling no-basic safety-products luxurious auto pushed far too fast for the skill stage of its wealthy proprietor-driver. In transient: DRIVER Mistake.