Tuesday, June 4, 2013

What’s left of Europe

“We have seen so many immigrants coming to Sweden that really don’t like Sweden. They do not want to integrate.” –Ingrid Carlqvist

Don’t want to, or can’t? Integration (aka assimilation) means accepting the primacy of the new home culture. That is difficult when positive arguments for the home culture are limited to appeals to material dependency with no mutual obligation, which don’t exactly call upon the nobler instincts of men.

That cultural barrenness is the reason Europe needs immigrants: to replace the dying generations who, lacking motivation to extend timeless values into the future, had fewer children and exhausted their cultural capital on themselves. Someone is going to inherit what’s left of Europe; only it won’t be Europeans.

“Relatively generous welfare benefits enable those in the ethnic ghetto to stay there, stay unemployed, and seethe. Without government subsidies, they would have to overcome the prejudice against them and integrate into the mainstream working culture. Work, in this sense, is anti-terrorist medicine.” –Mickey Kaus

The Swedish riots confound the welfare statists. The immigrant underclass lashes out at the host country “despite” receiving the most generous assistance payments in Europe, as if having nothing better to do than to riot is a deterrent against rioting. Handouts don’t buy peace. Good values do.

In the beginning, individuals realized they were better off when they banded together, forging mutually beneficial associations that gave rise to a civil society. Individuals created the civil society, and the civil society nurtured individuals, sometimes through the government. Government strengthened the civil society.

In the end, there is no civil society. There is only the government the civil society left behind, with all the authority but none of the discernment. Rudderless, it lords over naked individuals unbound from each other, subduing them by whatever means are convenient.

Further reading: “Socialism doesn’t work in Sweden” and “A future to outlast our lives.”

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