I wanted to expand a little on some of my recent posts on the demographic problems Europe is currently facing. (I realise that this is the equivalent of describing being hit over the head by a burglar as a “social problem”. These issues are not just of abstract interest but will affect many ordinary people very seriously.)
In previous posts I have argued that the reason the Muslim migration is heading to Europe is that the European nations are relatively low birth rate areas which are rich enough to provide social services and will have at least low-level jobs for those who want them.
While I think this is true, there is really a whole complex of traits in the receiving countries which have led to this situation. And they feed off each other. Together they might be called a “syndrome”. For example, the reason these nations can provide generous social services is because they are rich. And the reason they are rich is partly that they have converted production to personal wealth and the ability to pay taxes, rather than, for example, choosing to have more children. In fact, they have had fewer children.
But the syndrome has deeper roots. Fundamentally it is a loss of morale. Rather than build for future generations, people have effectively chosen to “cash in” their patrimony during their own lives. Perhaps the archetypal figure and the clearest symptom of this syndrome is the young, nubile but childless woman. Let us look at her, sitting in her cafe at lunchtime …
She is young, healthy and quite pretty. She has a good job, which she is still excited by. She lost her virginity several years ago, and has had a number of relationships with attractive young men, but contraception has freed her from most of the risk of pregnancy. In any case, should she fall pregnant, she can easily find a legal abortion. If not a feminist, she nevertheless has many feminist opinions. She supports abortion, and probably affirmative action. And she believes that gender is a construct. Rather an enjoyable one, but only a construct. She believes in gay marriage. She has no commitment to her own ethnic group, having, as far as possible, a cosmopolitan attitude. She can imagine herself adopting a cute black baby one day, like that celebrity she read about. She has no problem with immigrants from foreign lands, believing that they will bring vibrancy to her own culture, which she considers to be sort of boring really.
She uses her mobile phone to talk to her friend about her business flight the next day, and they spend a little time agreeing on the evils of patriarchal capitalism.
She thinks the patriarchy deserves to die. She does not look for authority from men: not fathers, priests, pastors and certainly not husbands (although some of those radical Muslim guys are kind of sexy).
This woman is the problem.
“Ayed correctly outlines the fact that Europe is facing demographic disaster because its citizens have stopped having children.
Italy’s current birth rate of 8.4 per 1,000 people is the lowest since 1861 and the picture is much the same across the rest of Europe, where population is only increasing as a result of mass immigration.
Birth rates in the west are far lower than those in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa, which is where most of the migrants are coming from.”
Another relevant article on the Swedes, who seem to have the “syndrome” very strongly.