During the last few days I’ve been a party to a three-way email conversation involving a couple of Gates of Vienna contributors. The discussion has focused mainly on the destructive multicultural policies of Western governments, which are hell-bent on importing millions of barbaric third-worlders into our countries against the will of the people.
The discussion this morning concerned this news story about the Australian government’s plan to import another ten million or so immigrants in the next forty years, despite the popular opposition to such policies. One of my correspondents said:
Yes, but then why did they vote for Kevin Rudd, their Zapatero? We have much cognitive dissonance in the world.
That started me thinking, and I replied at length with my own ideas about what’s happening. My response, slightly edited, is reproduced below.
This is the core issue, the essential paradox of the modern Western democracies. All of the evidence points to a persistence of the problem until the welfare state undergoes a complete collapse — which is beginning even now, as the major Western countries are forced to degrade their currencies to prop up the system.
Ordinary people in the West don’t want more immigrants, but they want something for nothing. They insist on the benefits that the state has been doling out for more than half a century, and to which they have become thoroughly accustomed. They consign to political oblivion any candidate who so much as thinks about reducing state benefits or increasing eligibility requirements. The current crisis in Greece is a good illustration of this dynamic at work.
Politicians cannot get re-elected without promising (and delivering) a free lunch. They’ve been running up a tab for the last seventy-five years, and now the bill is coming due.
I believe that their insistence on more immigration — in violation of the sovereign popular will in every single Western country — has a twofold explanation:
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|1.||More immigrants means more people who will give their knee-jerk votes to the socialists, thus keeping the current bunch in power.
|2.||The guardians of the system (or at least their hired economists) know that the welfare state cannot be expanded or even maintained without an increasing population. It is a classic Ponzi scheme, and it requires the recruitment of new suckers to provide the payouts for the earlier rounds of participants.
The caretakers of the welfare state really believe that what they are doing is necessary and good in order to maintain the system as it is — with themselves running it, of course.
It’s becoming more and more obvious that the scheme is not going to work out as planned. The new arrivals are not as well-educated, thrifty, and productive as the native population. They are not as law-abiding or industrious. And they are in the process of destroying the fragile social economy on which the whole house of cards is built.
From the Marxist perspective, that last consequence is perfectly welcome and to be desired. Thus, as Fjordman has pointed out, the mass importation of aliens serves the ambitions of the Marxists who would destroy traditional European culture.
However, their goal dovetails nicely with the needs of the technocrats and the managers, the career bureaucrats who require an unlimited supply of new warm bodies to keep the system functioning in its present state and to vote for the various socialist clones who will preserve the status quo.
This is what I have called the “Demonic Convergence”: the confluence of the Frankfurt School, traditional Socialists, and Islam. It will bear evil fruit in the West within the next five to ten years, at the latest.
Inexorable economic forces would have brought the system crashing down eventually, within another generation or so. But the Marxists and the Muslims acting together are hastening the collapse, which is a good thing — the sooner it all falls down, the better chance we will have to preserve a substantial remnant of Western Civilization, and to craft something worthwhile out of the wreckage of the old order.