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The End of Multiculturalism

Is Europe’s adventure in international living about to end?

At Potsdam, Germany, this weekend, Chancellor Angela Merkel told the young conservatives of her Christian Democratic Union that Germany’s attempt to create a multicultural society where people “live side by side and enjoy each other” has “failed, utterly failed.”

Backing up her rueful admission are surveys showing 30 percent of Germans believe the country is overrun by foreigners. An equal number believe the foreigners come to feed off German welfare.

Merkel had in mind the Turks who came as gastarbeiters, guest workers, in the 1960s. Some 2.5 million now live in Germany.

Arabs and East Europeans have come more recently. One survey puts the Muslim population at 5 million.

“Multikulti is dead,” says Horst Seehofer of Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union of Bavaria. He wants no more immigration from “alien cultures.” Turks and other Muslims are not learning the language, he contends, not assimilating, not becoming Germans.

Awareness of deep differences with Turkish neighbors became acute for Germans when, grieving in solidarity with America after 9/11, they learned that Turkish sectors of Berlin were celebrating Islam’s victory with barrages of bottle rockets.

Like all of Europe, Germany grows nervous.

This summer, Thilo Sarrazin, who sat on the Bundesbank board, published “Germany Abolishes Itself,” which sold 300,000 copies in seven weeks. Sarrazin argued that Germany’s Muslim population is intellectually inferior and unable or unwilling to learn the language or culture, and mass immigration is destroying the nation.

No rightist, but a stalwart of the socialist party, Sarrazin was forced out at the Bundesbank. Half his socialist party stood by him.

Across Europe, there is a resurgence of ethnonationalism that is feeding the ranks of populist and anti-immigrant parties that are gaining respectability and reaching for power.

Austrian nationalists triumphed in 2008 when the Freedom Party of Joerg Haider and the Alliance for the Future of Austria together took 29 percent of the vote. The Swiss People’s Party of Christoph Blocher, largest in Bern, was behind the successful referendum to change the constitution to outlaw minarets and prohibit the wearing of burqas.

Hungary’s Jobbik Party, which to the Financial Times “sits squarely in Europe’s most repulsive arch-nationalist tradition and which blames Jews and Roma for the hardships of other Hungarians,” pulled 17 percent of the vote this year and entered parliament with 47 seats, up from zero seats in 2006.

The Sweden Democrats just captured 6 percent of the vote and entered parliament for the first time with 20 seats, joining right-wing folk parties in Norway and Denmark.

Geert Wilders, a rising figure in Dutch politics, was charged with hate speech for equating Islam and Nazism. In June, his Freedom Party swept past the ruling Christian Democrats, who lost half of their strength in parliament. “More security, less crime, less immigration, less Islam — that is what the Netherlands has chosen,” said Wilders.

In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy — one eye on Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front, the other on the 2012 elections — rejecting cries of “Nazism” and “Vichyism,” is dismantling Gypsy camps and deporting Gypsies to Romania. Milan is now following the French lead.

What is happening in Europe partakes of a global trend. Multiracial, multi-ethnic, multicultural nations are disintegrating.

Russians battle ethnic Muslim separatists in the North Caucasus. Seventy percent of Americans support an Arizona law to identify and expel illegal aliens. Beijing swamps the homelands of Tibetans and Uighurs with Han Chinese. India fights secession in Kashmir, Nagaland and the Naxalite provinces.

“Wars between nations have given way to wars within nations, ” said Barack Obama in his Nobel Prize address.

Ethnonationalism tore Mikhail Gorbachev’s Soviet Union and Josip Tito’s Yugoslavia into 22 separate nations, and is now tugging at the seams of all multi-ethnic states. Globalism is in retreat before tribalism.

But the awakening of Europe’s establishment to the shallow roots of multiculturalism will likely prove frustrating and futile.

With her fertility rate below replacement levels for 40 years, projected to remain so for the next 40 years, Germany will lose 12 million of her 82 million people by 2050. Her median age will rise eight years to 53, and 40 percent of all Germans will be over 60.

Germany’s problem is insoluble. She is running out of Germans.

Yet if her welfare state is to survive and her industries are to remain competitive, Germany will need millions of new workers.

Where are they to come from, if not the Third World? For not one European nation, save Iceland and Albania, has had a birth rate for decades that is not below zero population growth.

Baby boomer Europe decided in the 1960s and 1970s it wanted La Dolce Vita, not the hassle of children. It had that sweet life. Now the bill comes due. And the bill is the end of their tribes and countries as we have known them.

Old Europe is dying, and the populist and nationalist parties, in the poet’s phrase, are simply raging “against the dying of the light.”

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#1 Comment By O. O’Connell On October 18, 2010 @ 8:33 pm

Was there, by any chance, a typo in this – i.e. Ireland rather than Iceland?

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“Ireland is in the middle of a baby boom, with the number of births the highest for 25 years.”

[2]
“Ireland’s baby boom has secured its position as the EU country with the highest birth rate — even in the expanded community.”

We’re a bank-owned state, throw us a bone here…

#2 Comment By Koldo On October 19, 2010 @ 12:07 am

Multikulti ist kaput, and God is with us. The official version of WWII is dead too!

#3 Comment By daddysteve On October 19, 2010 @ 1:02 am

You put too many rats in a cage and don’t feed them enough then they start eating their neighbors. The impending worldwide depression (while the sheeple kneel to the financial wizards hoping they can conjure up salvation) should result in something similar, albeit on a much grander scale.

#4 Comment By daddysteve On October 19, 2010 @ 1:11 am

Predictions of doom like this will probably just get the drones to accept full on facism/socialism although packaged under different names. Security and food will win the day.

#5 Comment By Bill P. On October 19, 2010 @ 6:25 am

“Germany will need millions of new workers. …”

This kind of thinking is obsolete. Automation obviates the need for population growth. It creates jobs for skilled workers & engineers in the capital goods industries as well.

#6 Comment By NY Teacher On October 19, 2010 @ 9:56 am

O’Connel: assuming the news links you attached are credible, one cannot discern if Ireland’s “highest birth rate” in the EU is still equivalent to the vital REPLACEMENT rate. Moreover, Ireland today also has a soaring abortion rate, which may negate, or diminish, its vaunted birth rate…

Bucahnan: Can one be even reasonably certain that if Europe were to have a significant younger “native” population, instead of relying on foreign “worker” to finance its aging/pensions, the EU would not go the way of America — we have a native replacement birth rate here, but still throw open the door to cheap labor from south of the border?! La Dolce Vita is now paying the piper with…sheer sloth. And stupidity!

#7 Comment By Mad Doc MacRae On October 19, 2010 @ 10:07 am

@daddysteve – that’s the one problem I have with gleefully pointing out the upcoming collapse (something I’m guilty of as well). It can always get worse!

#8 Comment By Jim On October 19, 2010 @ 10:25 am

“This kind of thinking is obsolete. Automation obviates the need for population growth. It creates jobs for skilled workers & engineers in the capital goods industries as well.”

Good point.

#9 Comment By JS On October 19, 2010 @ 11:36 am

“Multikulti is dead,” says Horst Seehofer of Merkel’s sister party, the Christian Social Union of Bavaria. He wants no more immigration from “alien cultures.” Turks and other Muslims are not learning the language, he contends, not assimilating, not becoming Germans.

It sounds like multiculturalism was actually a great success. Multiculturalism is different from integration; it was SUPPOSED to allow everyone to retain their culture. What he’s actually saying is not that multiculturalism has failed, but that it was a bad idea from the start that has succeeded.

#10 Comment By Chris D. On October 19, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

Bill P.,
Machines and/or robots don’t pay taxes, and tax revenues is what Germany and the other aging welfare states need… The burden of taking care of the Dolce Vita generation thus requires the immigration Pat references..

#11 Comment By Chrissib On October 19, 2010 @ 2:26 pm

Surprize! Surprize!

Albania now has even a lower fertility-rate than Germany, you can see it in the eurostat-database. Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina, both muslim-majority countries in Europe, now have the lowest fertility-rates in Europe. Is the turning point in sight? May the muslim countries suffer even more from the disease of shrinking families? I think so. We aren’t lost yet.

Greetings from Germany.

#12 Comment By Chris Moore On October 19, 2010 @ 4:00 pm

I agree that Orthodox Islam is ultimately irreconcilable with Western Civilization and Christianity. But then so is Orthodox Judaism. In fact, we’ve seen how even “secular” Judaism is capable of tenacious Israel-first and diaspora Jewish nationalist networking and tribalism, albeit less open and obvious than Islamist tribalism.

The problem is that each civilization has to have its own cultural and spiritual moral authority, and those of other Abrahamic faiths simply refuse to accept Christian moral authority in the West. Leftists, globalists and “end of history” liberal capitalists tried to bypass this conflict by instructing the West that all that religious tribalism is in the past, and we will all proceed together hand in hand under the “moral authority” of money worship, secular statism, and liberal-capitalist narcissism. The problems is, they never asked the Christian-basis of Western Civilization if this is acceptable, and have found the other faiths even less accommodating to this idea than Christians.

The other problem is that this was only even remotely possible so long as attendant class conflict that goes hand in hand with the “end of history” materialist ideology could be papered over with Keynesian money printing and spread around. But as America and the West have lost their economic domination over the world, that state of affairs is coming to an end as well.

#13 Comment By michael stanley On October 19, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

Wow! Isn’t it amazing how many people think they can predict the future. “The end is Near” is a slogan as old as mankind. We’re still waiting.

#14 Comment By Tom On October 20, 2010 @ 9:13 am

As of 2008, Ireland’s fertility rate was 2.1 children born/woman, which is exactly the replacement rate.

Source: [3]

#15 Comment By Tom On October 20, 2010 @ 9:29 am

@NY Teacher: Abortion is more restricted on the island of Ireland (North and South) than anywhere else in the EU; it is generally restricted only to cases where the mother’s life is in danger. The island of Ireland is a pro-life oasis in what was once Christendom.

This is thanks to the influence of the Catholic Church in the Republic (and the North, perhaps), along with the conservative Protestantism of the North, which is often theologically akin to Biblical-literalist “fundamentalism” (I mean the term non-pejoratively) in the U.S.

What abortions there are usually involve trips to the island of Britain. Here are the last few years of available data on abortions obtained abroad by women from the Republic, which show a steady decline from the peak in 2001; hardly a “soaring” rate, thank God:

2001: 6673
2002: 6522
2003: 6320
2004: 6217
2005: 5585
2006: 5042
2007: 4686
2008: 4600

Source: [4]

#16 Comment By Jim Evans On October 20, 2010 @ 9:49 am

There is an unreconcilable tension for the Globalists:

Globalists want mass migration to break up cultural blocks that could effectively stand up against their Globalist vision.

(And drive down wages to boot.)

But the mass migration, itself, wakes up cultural blocks to the schemes of the Globalists.

This dynamic is repeated on multiple fronts, i.e., international banking consolidation & power, so-called “free trade”, global governance schemes (the failed global carbon tax), and perpetual war to profit the military-industrial complex.

For the Globalists, it’s a race against time. Will the various cultural blocks wake up before completion of the Globalist web is finished, or strong enough to withstand popular rage?

Or will the various cultural blocks effectively reject the Globalists and call for a political proscription (see Roman history on “proscription”) against the Globalists?

And, here is the Globalists’ gamble:

Up until quite recently, they were extremely patient (Chinese in their abiding patience) with their schemes, slowly unfolding them, and keeping their schemes secret or well below the political radar screen (with the conniving help of corporate mass media owned by the globalists), but now the Globalists have come out into the open and accelerated their plans (post 911).

Globalist schemes can’t be hidden any longer.

Cultural blocks are becoming conscious of the Globalist plans for “Globalism” and what it means for them: Extinction of cultural sovereignty.

Now that Germany has revolted against multiculturalism and global international banking consolidation & power, will other nations’ populaces also wake up?

Irony of ironies, if it turns out the German People are the ones who end up leading the revolt against the Globalists’ vision of a new world order.

#17 Comment By Bill P. On October 20, 2010 @ 11:47 am

“Machines and/or robots don’t pay taxes, and tax revenues is what Germany and the other aging welfare states need… The burden of taking care of the Dolce Vita generation thus requires the immigration Pat references …”

So these immigrants, the lack of which will supposedly cause problems, are paying a lot of taxes? Somehow I don’t think so.
What enables people to pay taxes is wealth, which is created thru capital investment & skilled labor, not population growth.

#18 Comment By TomT On October 21, 2010 @ 9:07 am

Good. You all stay really left. With a George Soros million dollars to Media Matters, and an immediate hit job on Juan Williams, we don’t want any trouble by attracting unnecessary conservative opinion.

Don’t say something dumb, like, “To receive benefits from this country, you should not be actively trying to destroy it. If you’re not proud of this country, over all, try Germany or France or Mexico for a while.”

#19 Comment By Bill P. On October 21, 2010 @ 9:41 am

“Now that Germany has revolted …”

If they have it could be the death blow to the NWO. But Merkel has said this kind of thing before, hasn’t she?

#20 Comment By Richard W. On October 21, 2010 @ 11:19 am

Where is God’s Kingdom and rule in all of this. It sounds to me like a lot of deist responding.

#21 Comment By Lori K On October 21, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

Bill P., on October 19th, 2010 at 6:25 am Said:
“Germany will need millions of new workers. …”
This kind of thinking is obsolete. Automation obviates the need for population growth. It creates jobs for skilled workers & engineers in the capital goods industries as well.

— God Bless people like YOU who think. No.. no one needs new workers in the 21st century; skills matter more though. And BTW, everyone should wipe their own rear-end as well.

#22 Comment By Bill P. On October 22, 2010 @ 7:18 am

“Where is God’s Kingdom …”

But Richard, God allows people to make their own decisons. If you make mistakes, you must accept the consequences, hm?

#23 Comment By Jbraunstein On October 22, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

Is it just me, or are the words “germany” and “ethnonationalism” when combined, slightly unsettling?

#24 Comment By Canadian On October 23, 2010 @ 2:05 am

Is it possible that these immigrants did not integrate because nobody wanted them to?
Germany imported turkish labour to work,not to become German citizens.
We have a far large immigrant population in Canada,yet our version of multiculturalism is live and well thank you.
What makes you think that people travels alll the way over here and not want to learn?
If the first generation is too old or refuses, their kids have to go to school,learn one of the 2 official languages and the curriculum learned by every Canadian.Oh yes, they get to eat falafel without being arrested.

#25 Comment By Thomas O. Meehan On October 23, 2010 @ 12:43 pm

Jbraunstein – German and international Marxist anti-nationalism were pretty scary as I remember. Maybe you just find Germans scary. They can be.

#26 Comment By Zev On October 24, 2010 @ 3:13 pm

obviously, if they did not have legal abortion they would not have the problem of extinction of their tribes. The Jews have the same problem. Liberalism does result in death. Homosexuality and abortion reduce the population. Third world people are not as enlighten as the first world countries that celebrates homosexuality and abortion. But they will end up controlling Europe and America, and China the world. Look at Israel’s problem. The Arabs around them out produce them in population. Israel can not survive for the next hundred years due to demographics. Europe will become Muslim by then. It looks like there is no hope for Israel. In America, we will become like Mexico in so many ways. Liberalism spells death in so many ways.

#27 Comment By Chris D. On October 25, 2010 @ 10:52 am

Bill P.,
In response to:

“So these immigrants, the lack of which will supposedly cause problems, are paying a lot of taxes? Somehow I don’t think so.
What enables people to pay taxes is wealth, which is created thru capital investment & skilled labor, not population growth.”

The immigrants will end up bolstering the tax base regardless, through the paying of taxes on consumption, taxings on corporate earnings at the firms that employ them, etc. Like in the U.S., the population is not just taxed on their declared income… If nothing else, they will continue being the equivalent of illegal immigrant busboys in this country.. They provide a service base upon which the taxpayers and tax-paying businesses survive, thus ensuring their continuing to provide revenue to the state…

#28 Comment By Chris D. On October 25, 2010 @ 10:58 am

Bill P.,
Also remember that our illegal/legal dichotomy is not as readily applicable to Germany. Its “guest workers,” i.e. the Third World immigrants Pat writes about, are taxpayers and on the rolls in a way that our illegals are not…

#29 Comment By Horst On October 25, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

MeeHan said, “Maybe you just find Germans scary. They can be.” MeeHan, your comment is racist. Remember what happened to Juan Williams when he said that Muslims were scary to him.

#30 Comment By Bill P. On October 26, 2010 @ 12:38 pm

“they will continue being the equivalent of illegal immigrant busboys in this country.. They provide a service base upon which the taxpayers and tax-paying businesses survive …”

The latafundia economy needs busboys to survive, instead of machinists, tool & die makers, engineers etc.

#31 Comment By Obbop On October 27, 2010 @ 7:43 pm

Too many of the invaders from the south are murdering USA citizen Black folks in the Los Angeles, California region… so many the Los Angeles police chief was forced to publicly admit that a form of ethnic cleansing was underway against USA citizen Black folks in the Los Anegeles basin.

Perhaps because white/Anglo/Gringo USA citizens are often not considered as ever being targets of “hatred” when a Chicano illegal aliens shot at me for having the nerve to enter the part of town where illegals were predominant that event was not considered newsworthy and the local police department composed primarily of Chicanos did nothing to seek my assailant.

Such is life in multicultural California, where I was forced to flee to re-enter the USA and perhaps save my life.

Eventually, I foresee the demise of the USA; torn apart by excessive diversity and multi-culturalism and a severe lack of unifying bonds.

But, the ruling elites and corporate America will retain their wealth and power structures/systems and will likely achieve their obviously lusted-after oligarchy.

“There’s class warfare, all right, Mr. (Warren) Buffett said, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”

#32 Comment By winston smith On November 2, 2010 @ 6:36 pm

If Germany has such a labor shortage then why are there millions of unemployed young men in the east. I lived in Gorlitz for years and the unemployment rate there is 50% almost for young people. I think what they want is cheap labor. That is what is going on, a devaluation of labor. Labor costs are a direct function of the value of human life and outside of Europe and North America human life especially female life has little of any value.

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#34 Comment By Rise of the Republic On August 15, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

Thilo Sarrazin demonstrated that all those middle-eastern immigrants aren´t contributing to the German economy, on the contrary, they are indeed dragging it down.

Labour shortage? Hahaha!

Even expulsing every non-european immigrant in the last 50 years would not be enough to end unemployement.
When we had a labour shortage, wages where actually rising and companies had to compete on who offered the best deal to the workers.

So I tell you internationalist make-belief “socialists”, you aren´t on the workers side with your pro-immigration orientation, you are on the side of biggest, cronie capital, on the side of the banksters.
Your beloved immigrants have had almost 50 years to buy your lumpensocialism now, they haven´t. Rock Against Racism? Failed. No surprise really, they immigrated to capitalist societies after all.

#35 Comment By Rise of the Republic On August 15, 2012 @ 1:03 pm

Just like reaganomics, political correctness have been tried for long enough, it has been gioven its shot again and again. With what results? Epic failure, as Thilo Sarrazin and Guillaume Faye demonstrated, it can´t be afforded anymore should have been ended on account of being that many years ago.