On the New Wave of Migrants


Mustela nivalis

The rumblings in the world are increasing in volume and scope. Here are a few choice samples:

The Greeks are emptying their accounts – i.e., they are pulling “euros” from various points in the wall. Paper notes which the ECB printed only the day before. They will be wise to keep them, because winters in the Mediterranean can be quite cold, and once their boilers malfunction, and the last plumber has left, taking the last spanner with him, they will at least have paper to burn (if they can still afford matches). It would be wrong to laugh however, because the Greeks are the canary in the coal mine and have merely descended further and faster down the shaft than any other EU member state.

The US have announced they will deploy 250 tanks in eastern Europe to counter the Russian “threat”. They are asking Europeans, especially the Germans, to increase their military spending (i.e., increase their deficits) and to be more menacing towards Russia in particular. That’s funny in a way: the Americans want to re-re-educate the Germans. (West) Germany was happy to provide (defensive) deterrence when they perceived a real threat to themselves, i.e. until 1989/91. For the time being, they can’t imagine going to war with Russia again. Ever. Not that this attitude will stop a war. A poodle can have many tasks, but deciding for itself is not included. However, even the Americans seem to understand that at present they cannot push the Germans any further. Which doesn’t stop them from trying though.

Calais two days ago was in meltdown, with French port workers striking and migrants from 3rd world countries jumping into trucks and everyone blocking the rail tracks. The acts have brought the whole migrant situation to the forefront of everyone’s mind in Britain and France. The welfare state may be a pull factor. It is also correct to point out that foreign interventions are messing up countries to such an extent that local people see no other recourse but to leave. But the main culprit in this particular saga is a different one. It is the same one that is driving the above two stories as well. And many other rumblings around the world.

Many, if not most of the people crossing the Mediterranean, who often end up glancing longingly across the Channel at Albion, are from sub-Saharan countries. These regions are beset by more than usual political corruption and internal strife and are desperate economic basket cases. I have no stats but anecdotally, from various reports, I have gleaned two things that initially puzzled me. The first one is this: Whenever asked, these destitute people invariably claim to have paid thousands of dollars to make the trip. Assuming this is true (and why should they all lie), this question comes to mind: Where did they get this kind of money from? I mean the amount, not the denomination (dollars are everywhere).

The second point that struck me, not so much a puzzle as the first, but it struck me, was their ability to speak English. In fact some of the squatters in Calais say they want to come to England to work because they can speak English – and not French. Some will have come from former British colonies, so no surprise there. But, according to reports, a great many are currently coming from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia (what’s left of it). There is no real British (or any other) colonial history to speak of in these countries. So what’s happening here? Part of the answer is selection by the media. They will look around to find people who can speak (some) English. But how did they learn it? I doubt is was from watching MTV or things on Youtube. What we see here is a result of foreign aid. Specifically education: Teach them English (in other countries it will be French), it’s a world language, it’ll be useful later in their lives … . Another area in which foreign aid does a lot is health provision: vaccination and so on. Now it would be extremely callous to say, withdraw that help, let them die young. And it would also be callous to withdraw education from children.

However: What foreign aid has so far failed to do is to create thriving economies that can look after their own. It’s obviously gone rather pear shaped. These healthy, (sort of) educated young people find no jobs in their homeland. So they cause trouble at home (I guess – it’s the first thing young, educated, underemployed people do before they think of going abroad.) The local elite thus have a problem. To solve it, they have two options. One is economic reform, i.e. protect property rights, enforce the rule of law, generally become more “market friendly”, and to phase out “foreign aid”. The other is to give (or more likely lend) the troublemakers a pile of dosh and tell them to b****r off. It’s obvious what the easier option is. To be fair on the (usually corrupt) local elites: The EU and other rich regions/countries maintain high trade barriers to protect their own declining primary production sectors from developing countries. Which does not help them to the right, as opposed to the easy, thing.

The main reason for all this mess is the mindset of the central planner – in the UN, the World Bank, the EU, the US and what have you. The mindset says this: Here’s a problem (at least, I think it’s a problem and that’s all that matters, after all, I’ve got this position, see?), there’s someone else’s money. Here’s a plan how the money can solve the problem. Qualms? Doubts? Here’s a lobbyist from Lobby Corp to help you out. Protests? Here’s a media man interviewing someone with a PhD, a nice face and spellbinding elocution. (Un-)intended consequences, side effects? Brilliant! More problems – my job’s secure.

However, perpetuum mobiles are impossible in this universe. So what’s fuelling this vicious cycle? The same fuel that soon will be the last thing warming the Greeks, the same fuel that is driving reckless US foreign policy: unbacked paper money. Fiat (“let there be”) money. Seemingly in endless supply. Distorting actual prices, confusing their signalling function. Causing all sorts of mayhem. However, those close to the sources of this “money” (the central banks: Federal Reserve, ECB, Bank of England and others) can easily protect themselves from the consequences of all their “problem solving”, while most others suffer.

As long as this source of evil is not effectively tackled, the rumblings in the world will continue to increase in volume and scope.

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4 comments

  • However bad it gets there’s nothing government in particular can do that will make people in general lose their faith in government in general. The sorry history of collapsed countries proves this.

  • Concerned Briton

    “…The main reason for all this mess is the mindset of the central planner – in the UN, the World Bank, the EU, the US and what have you…..”

    In a way they are, but maybe not for the reasons the author thinks. The problem with the mindset is not necessarily that of central planning, but that of a central delusion – the incapacity to acknowledge the differences in races and deal with the problem appropriately.

    One of the main pioneers of DNA, James Watson, found himself in trouble for expressing such a viewpoint.

    He was quickly rounded on, thrown out, abandoned – whilst scientific and intellectual powerhouses like Keith Vaz (and others) sought to inform everybody that there was ‘no scientific basis’ for his remarks and that they were a sad ‘reminder of the attitudes’ that persist in society.

    Dr Watson told The Sunday Times that he was “inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa” because “all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours – whereas all the testing says not really”.

    His views are also reflected in a book, in which he writes: “There is no firm reason to anticipate that the intellectual capacities of peoples geographically separated in their evolution should prove to have evolved identically. Our wanting to reserve equal powers of reason as some universal heritage of humanity will not be enough to make it so.”

    Before anybody just dismisses this, I would kindly ask them to properly read the following article to get an idea of what I am getting at here. http://thosewhocansee.blogspot.fr/2015/05/why-re-colonization-future-orientation.html

    I am sure there will be many people in (and from) the third world who are an exception to the rule and who could certainly run rings around me – but that is not the point, the point is looking at why things are the way they are and why all efforts to change them seem to fail.

    You can add all the corruption and stupid foreign aid projects and whatever else on top, but if the basis is not sound and present, then everything will fail.

    Africa is due to quadruple in population to 4 billion by the end of the century. Western governments such as Germany are worried about job deficits in an ageing society and how there are not enough women in the workforce.

    They have been advised that they will need to import around 300,000 non-EU immigrants every year for the next 30 years to cover a shrinkage in the German demographics (rather than encourage a scenario where the Germans actually replace themselves).

    The EU is actively opening job centres and such in Africa. There are talks of letting them apply for citizenship to Europe whilst they still remain in Africa – to prevent “illegal immigration”!! (That’s one way of doing it – making every biped on the planet legally able to come!).

    They have proposed Blue Cards to attracted immigrant labour from Africa. They are spending billions of Euro on an Africa-EU partnership which seeks to facilitate “circular migration” between the continents. I have my suspicions that they do not actually want to solve the endless flow, because it helps them foster in their new version Europe.

    In the meantime, for the fundamental reasons above as well as stupidity of meddling in wars and regime changes that have nothing to do with us (and I think has everything to do with certain vested interests (that shall remain nameless) and more to do with globalism, hundreds of thousands of Africans are flocking to Europe.

    It is a flow, given the demographic projections, that will never end. What we are witnessing at the moment is not a “migrant crisis”, or some kind of ‘humanitarian effort’. No, what we are witnessing is the speeding up to the end of European civilisation and Caucasian people itself, forever.

    And what will tend to come of it, eventually? Well, I think the answer is in the article I linked to. The extra kicker is that we are seemingly paying for it to happen all the way along the line, and then being told how awful we are if we oppose this societally and politically engineered fate.

    Mr Cameron says that the actions and situation of immigrants climbing into trucks are “unacceptable”. Well, that will tell them. That will rescue us from the brink…..

  • Concerned Briton

    I forgot to add that I concur with the general theme of the article, particularly the last part. I am both worried at what may happen if it did change, but paranoid enough to be worried about what is going to happen if it doesn’t.

  • Recent stats (see Tim Worstall’s blog–can’t remember the link–it was some months ago) suggest matters are improving in sub-Saharan Africa. Slowly and steadily. So the economic migrant bit doesn’t wash. None of them can be allowed in.

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