Heart of Darkness
“Immigration is a gift for all of us.”-Angela Merkel
The world looks an awful lot darker than it did fifty-odd years ago when the cult of bastardized liberalism began to gnaw away at the foundations of Western civilization. Yes, we won the day with the fall of the Soviet Union, and we have the internet and a lot of gadgets to play with now, but, as is so often the case, invisible forces, countercurrents as it were, had been shaping history in profound ways while we weren’t paying attention. I like to think of the enemies of Western civilization as a kind of “big three”—Leftism, Islam, and mass Third World immigration. If it weren’t for the cancerous growth of Leftism, the need to import the entire planet within our porous borders wouldn’t be creating a new/ancient tribalism and a monstrous manifestation of White Guilt wouldn’t have given the opportunistic Islamists any daylight to wriggle in to our social fabric and assist in pulling it apart. While communism died abroad, it found new life in the relativist set at home. Previously secular states began to fall across the Islamic world, and the loss of cultural confidence already endemic in much of Europe began to manifest itself across the Western world more broadly.
We can talk about how “White Man’s Burden” is a racist notion, but it is indisputable that, especially in the Anglosphere, anywhere European civilization has touched has undoubtedly benefitted. Consider the Nigerians and Jamaicans and Indians who are able to take advantage of the vestiges of the British schooling system and pretty much punch their own ticket to the United Kingdom or the United States through self-selection. A look at the countries today that have had the least sustained interaction with European civilization, such as Somalia and Afghanistan, reveals countries that are impoverished and war-torn. Greco-Roman philosophy, Judeo-Christian values, Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment modes of inquiry and rationality—all of these stem from the European tradition and all have contributed to build societies that are freer and more prosperous than any that have come before. The crowning achievement of self-governance—the United States and its constitution—is the direct result of the inheritance of centuries if not millennia of European thought and values.
Not all civilizations are created equal. The Mongols held sway over vast swaths of territory in their heyday and yet have left us with precious little in terms of intellectual inheritance. Athens, on the contrary, was a remarkable if flawed experiment in democracy, and was only one polis in a fractured ancient Greek political landscape. The same can apply to Florence on the Italian Peninsula during the Renaissance, or the Venetian Republic, or the small, rain-swept backwater that was the British Isles, latecomers to the Renaissance but ultimately the greatest empire the world has ever known. Even today, five of the world’s top twelve GDPs (using the metrics supplied by the World Bank) are held by Britain and former colonies—the United States, Australia, Canada, and India. India is not without its own rather substantial set of issues (not least of which involve sanitation and the stubborn remnants of the caste system), but it is the world’s largest democracy and has been making headway on several fronts. The Anglosphere has dominated the world stage for the past four hundred-plus years, and in many ways, spearheaded by the United States and the Eurowestern coalition, still does, but exigencies are making this dominance ever shakier.
The proliferation of failed states across the planet has led to tremendously de-stabilizing effects and population displacement. The Western world, in all its “wisdom” has provided a soft landing spot for many of these people, usually to its detriment, though if we adhered roughly to the parameters of immigration policy set forth in Caron Gentry’s “The Great White Nope” and my “From Womb to Tomb” (or some similar variant), of targeted, specialized, responsible immigration and refugee re-settlement, many of these issues would be alleviated if not rendered non-existent. Millions of migrants have flooded into the West, but relative to population figures and birth rates in the migrants’ home countries, the numbers arriving haven’t been all that large. This is highly disturbing when you consider that the consequences in countries like Germany, France, and Sweden have already been terrible indeed. What happens when this flood turns Biblical?
Unless you count Israel, there’s not one single Western nation with greater than replacement-level birthrates. The general Muslim tendency to have more children buoys the birthrates of two of the top three non-Israeli nations—France and Kosovo—and even in Israel, with a sizeable Arab minority, a large chunk of the live births are attributable to this desire (or directive, depending on how “fundamental” certain ideological adherents are). Much of the non-European West—New Zealand, the United States, Australia—depending on the source, is hovering around replacement level, and Europe’s fringe—Ireland, the UK, Iceland—is just under replacement level. The rest of Europe is well below that, with countries such as Spain, Italy, Greece, Moldova, and Slovakia averaging scarcely over one child per woman. Many East Asian nations are also at this “lowest low” level, such as South Korea, Singapore, and Japan (interestingly, the most pro-Western Asian countries). The United States is an outlier in some respects, however, because of the strong dichotomy between “Red” and “Blue” political persuasions and values, more pronounced than anywhere else in the West. The more conservative parts of the country such as the Midwest, Texas, Utah, Idaho, and Alaska, tend to have much higher fertility rates than the more “liberal” parts, such as New England; even in liberal stronghold New England, the peripheral, rural areas in these Blue bastions like northern New Hampshire and northern Maine outpace their more urban and Left counterparts. Unfortunately due to a paucity of employment opportunities, many of the young leave the country and head to the city to find work.
Of the bottom fifty countries ranked by birth rate, other than Lebanon, Iran, and Mauritius, and two European-held territories in Bermuda and Aruba, the rest are either European or East Asian. Of the top forty, only three—Iraq, Afghanistan, and East Timor—are not in sub-Saharan Africa, and most of the rest of the high birth rate populations are either in Latin America or the rest of the Muslim world. Here are just some of the countries whose populations are set to triple or quadruple in the coming decades: Niger (leading the charge at 7.6 live births per woman), Somalia, Chad, Mali, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Mozambique, Tanzania, and the list goes on.
It’s not difficult to see where this is heading, nor will I be the first to point it out. Failed states, abominable living conditions, and the allure of Europe and its bountiful entitlements…this is going to get ugly very quickly. For those unfamiliar with Tanzanian culture, they sever the limbs of albinos to sell on the black market for witchcraft and other assorted spell-casting, Boko Haram in Nigeria torches schools and beheads “non-believers”, and in Mozambique, there’s been a rash of murders as bald men specifically, rumored to have gold in their heads, are having their skulls cracked open to find the hidden wealth. Talk about cultural enrichment! This is what much of the continent has thrown its doors open to, not to mention the assorted barbarisms imported along with the millions coming from the Arab world. Add to the migrant crush the rising tide of Islamization, the high Middle Eastern and African birth rates contrasted with the non-existent native European birth rates, and a pervasive European culture of guilt and defeatism, and we have on our hands a recipe for total civilizational disaster.
The non-European West has the benefit of geographical distance from the most unsettled regions of the world (Latin and South America excepted in the case of the United States), but many of its leaders, like Canadian panty-waist Justin Trudeau (aka Zoolander), nonetheless seem committed to self-destructive multi-culturalist policies. The United States has its own set of issues with its porous southern border and the upheavals in Latin and South America, not to mention naturalization and the nonsensical immigration “lottery”, and every day brings a new horror story of rape, murder, and violent crime fresh from the Third World to our backyards. Why maintain a lottery that looks suspiciously like Russian roulette? I think it’s fair to ask our leaders what the end-game is here. There’s supposedly a great demand for certain kinds of labor in the West, insatiable even, that can only be filled through mass immigration because either a) the native population simply will not do certain kinds of work, or b) there aren’t enough native-born people to do the work. There’s actually some truth to these claims, as welfare incentivizes many able-bodied people who could work to stay home; the solution there is clear, and it does not involve continuously (and needlessly) pumping more and more people into our respective countries.
There are other hiccups in the Grand Global Shopping Mall Utopian narrative; for starters, huge swaths of Europe are experiencing depression-level unemployment, so why take in literally millions of migrants who at best view your country as a golden teat to be exploited, and at worst want to turn it to ash, to compound the problem? Additionally, open borders, as we’ve seen, leave a society vulnerable to significant security concerns. They also erode any cultural uniqueness and cohesion, and corrode the institutions therein. What you ultimately end up with is a characterless “any-place” that’s nonetheless rotting away from corruption, violence, and economic stagnation, where the state has ceased to function in any meaningful way.
You import the Third World, you become the Third World. It really is that simple.