Sunday, May 22, 2005

Europe Closing Shop? The Death of a Civilization

Europe Closing Shop?

The population of Europe is set to start shrinking soon. And if recent events there are any indication, that's not a good thing. We may be watching the slow-motion death of a civilization. On Friday, it was announced in Germany's Hesse state that all schools will soon offer instruction in Islam to Muslim students. Meanwhile, the U.S.-based Weekly Standard reports that a recent confidential government study found a surprising rise in religious expression among Muslims in French public schools. We assume that the Europe we'll be dealing with tomorrow will be much the same as Europe today — one that understands and shares our cultural values. The fact is, as Europe slowly becomes more Muslim and less European, it is at risk of dying — not as a place, but as a culture. This means the U.S. will increasingly be isolated in world affairs. Europe's politics may also become more unstable. Al-Qaida cells have already been found in Germany, France, Italy and Spain. Politicians in the Netherlands have been assassinated for "insulting" Islam. Two years ago, at a much-hyped conference in Spain titled "Islam in Europe," 2,000 European Muslim leaders called on Muslims around the world to help bring about an end to the capitalist system. As the biggest player in that system, the U.S. faces a delicate task: how to keep an old but estranged friend from committing suicide.

It's too late for mere 'respect', far too late

There are no boundaries of class or party among those who sense, or know, that British society is in profound trouble. Yet the consensus that this anxiety has created remains largely unexpressed. Politicians dare not tell the whole truth about it for fear of adding to public alarm, and losing by it. Complaint over the quality of public provision, or about the education system, or about the statistics of violent crime regularly break surface, but in fragmentary fashion. The renaissance of a battered society which has had its sense of identity and direction dislocated requires a national effort equal to that which wars have in the past demanded. Without it the institutions and ethics of a truly free civil society will not be recomposed. The notion of each citizen belonging to a social and moral order worth defending has slipped through our fingers and smashed to smithereens on the ground. In such circumstances a bemused public - now little more than a random aggregation of individuals - must stare helplessly at accounts of "feral youths" stalking the streets, while with ancient ceremony empty promises of redemption, as in the Queen's Speech, are addressed to the air.

On Fertility, Abortion, and Civilization's Decline

That Europe may be entering into an Age of Decay is most strongly suggested by its emerging demographic crisis. Following the baby boom, fertility rates in every western European nation dropped below replacement level. In Spain and Italy, the total fertility rates stand at a heartbreaking (I say this a man of Italian descent) 1.1 and 1.2 children per woman respectively, only half of what is necessary to maintain the population. Despite government policies in numerous countries which essentially bribe women to reproduce by offering increasingly hefty sums for each child born after the first, there has been no sustained recovery in fertility in any major western European nation.


At May 22, 2005 5:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In less than ten minutes elections in German state Northern Rhine - Westphalia will be finished. This poll is very important from many reasons.
For example 20% of all German inhabitans live in that state.
Northern Rhine - Westphalia is also most important socialist bastion in Germany. Moreover, local chairman of CDU (Christian Democrats) is antiimmigration hardliner. If the local red-green government is going to be beheaded it will be bad omen for the German federal govt - federal elections in Germany are due next year. And chairwoman of CDU, Mrs. Merkel is strictly against Turkey in EU.

At May 22, 2005 6:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

First prognose: Red-green govt. is beheaded :) Christian Democrats are close to absolute majority!

At May 22, 2005 6:21 PM, Blogger GayLikeAFox said...

For those interested, I post a long analysis of fertility and the current state of western civilization using Prof. Carroll Quigley's thesis on the evolution, stagnation and decline of civilizations here on my blog:

Bottom line: fertility patterns in the west fit well with Qugley's theories that civilizations stagnate and decline first in the core areas, then in the periphery. So it doesn't look good.

At May 22, 2005 6:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wooohooooa! Now we wait till May 29th when the French vote on the EU--perhaps 'Non?' Then three days later the Dutch will probably vote "No". Interesting times...

At May 22, 2005 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

FLASH: According to German TV chairman of German Social Democrats announced federal elections in the autumn of this year as the consequence of devastating defeat in today's elections.

At May 23, 2005 12:26 AM, Blogger A 6th Generation American said...

There may be hope, but it remains to be seen if the Christian Democrats have any steel in their spine.

If they show real courage and cut off immigration and begin deportation it will turn to blood in the streets.

Bleed now or bleed later, there will be blood in either event.

At May 23, 2005 12:31 AM, Blogger A 6th Generation American said...

A quote from a famous American, Samuel Adams:

"A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader."

At May 23, 2005 3:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it, making babies is fun, why would they not?

At May 23, 2005 3:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I dont' get it..making babies is fun :)

At May 23, 2005 5:46 AM, Blogger GayLikeAFox said...

"I dont' get it..making babies is fun :)"

Someone tell that to the Italians, please. Their rock-bottom fertility is almost enough to turn me straight with exasperation.

See, gentlemen, THIS is how it's done... ;)

At May 23, 2005 9:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The key is when muslims reach 25-30% - that is when they will make their move - just like they did in India in 1947 - 3 options
1. become an islamic country
2. partition your country
3. civil war followed by partition of country

The French are going to be the first in Europe to face this

At May 24, 2005 5:49 AM, Blogger theBadMonkey said...

The French are going to be the first in Europe to face this """

Ahhh, so its a GOOD thing! =)

At May 24, 2005 12:07 PM, Blogger skidd said...

IndianKafir said...

The key is when muslims reach 25-30% - that is when they will make their move - just like they did in India in 1947 - 3 options
1. become an islamic country
2. partition your country
3. civil war followed by partition of country

The French are going to be the first in Europe to face this


It will be tragic if this happens.
The only way out of this is to get the muslims to leave. Every community in the country must make them feel so unwelcome that they will want to leave the country on their own. Self deportation. While they are still in the minority. If we miss this window... then your 3 options come into play. Any one of them is a tragedy.

At May 24, 2005 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The French may be first to go but they may be
the canary in the mine for the rest of the world.
Curtail immigration, then deportation - but weren't these "guests" invited precisely because of the dwindling native populations?

At May 29, 2005 5:53 AM, Blogger skidd said...

See Bat Ye'or's EURABIA. The muslim immigration is part of a larger 'alignment' between the leaders of Europe and the Arabic world from Charles D'Gaulle's time, which includes anti-Americanism and anti-Israel, and pro-Palestine stands.


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