The Camp of the Saints meets Eurabia

In his latest essay, Fjordman discusses the ongoing and accelerating “migrant” crisis in the Mediterranean.

The Camp of the Saints meets Eurabia
by Fjordman

Since the Industrial Revolution began a couple of centuries ago, the world has witnessed a rapid population growth of billions of people. This is unprecedented in the history of our species. The population explosion is still going on in many parts of the global South, especially Africa and the Islamic world. Combined with modern means of cheap mass transportation, this has triggered the largest and fastest migration waves in human history. People’s smuggling has become a huge international industry. Many illegal immigrants travel by land. Some use boats.

Boats have been crossing the Mediterranean Sea for years, loaded with migrants from Africa and the Middle East headed for Europe. Yet things have escalated dramatically. In April 2015 several shipwrecks with illegal immigrants on board, causing hundreds of deaths, brought this issue to the forefront of Western news.

On April 22, 2015 the head of the African Union said quick solutions to the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean do not exist. “If people don’t have livelihoods at all, they are not going to sit and die of hunger, they are going to look for greener pastures,” Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma told reporters in Brussels. She was visiting representatives of the European Union (EU). Her comments followed a meeting with EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker where the two discussed migration and human traffickers. Dlamini-Zuma, the ex-wife of South African President Jacob Zuma, comes from a country plagued by violent clashes between local blacks and recent immigrants from other parts of Africa. The white minority is also constantly at risk of violent attacks. Yet when many Africans today lack livelihoods, even food or water, perhaps it is not a good idea for Africans to double their numbers. That is what current estimates predict that they will do in the coming 35 years.

I wrote on my bilingual Twitter account that what is happening now in the Mediterranean is an invasion. This statement proved very controversial in certain circles. One Swedish columnist presented me as “the mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik’s ideological ally” and a “Nazi.”

I admit that the term “invasion” is provocative, but sometimes you need to be provocative to get a response. An invasion does not always have to happen with tanks.

The Nazis wanted more Lebensraum for Germans. This was seen as evil, and other Europeans fought them. Why are they now supposed to meekly accept more Lebensraum for Nigerians, Somalis, Arabs or Pakistanis in Europe? Despite their flaws, the Germans have at the very least shown themselves capable of maintaining a science-based industrial economy. That is not the case with Nigerians or Somalis.

Consider this simple fact: Demographers believe that the global human population exceeded one billion people for the first time around the year 1800 AD. This was during the early stages of the Industrial Revolution. It took all of humanity hundreds of thousands of years to reach that level. Demographers now estimate that Africa alone can increase its population by one billion people or more in the coming 30 years. A single continent in just three decades can thus add to the global population more than the entire human race did in hundreds of thousands of years before the Industrial Revolution. That puts the current population explosion into perspective.

Yes, these numbers worry me. I can add. Apparently, understanding basic mathematics now makes you a “Nazi.”

I come from a small, affluent and somewhat naive Scandinavian nation of a few million people. If a fraction of these newcomers from the booming global South are allowed into my country, my nation will be overwhelmed and will effectively cease to exist. This is perhaps the greatest dilemma for Europe in the coming century: Do we want to exist as a still-recognizable cultural entity populated predominantly by Europeans?

The Camp of the Saints is a dystopian novel written by the French author Jean Raspail. It was first published in 1973. Raspail has written many books, but the one for which he will be chiefly remembered is ironically his most atypical one. Two generations ago, The Camp of the Saints predicted a Third World mass invasion of Europe, causing the downfall of Western civilization. This process was compressed in time so that what might take fifty years in real life took fifty days in the book. In addition, the main bulk of illegal immigrants in the novel came from India. Today, while immigration to Europe comes from every corner of the planet, much of it comes from the Islamic world and Africa.

Apart from that, the novel was remarkably prescient in describing the dysfunctional mindset of the modern Western world. We have become so wedded to unsustainable humanitarian ideals that we are mentally incapable of defending our national existence. When faced with millions of people coming from the global South, we simply raise a white flag and say that they are welcome to colonize our countries.

At least, that is what our leaders and mass media do. If we watch the way the EU or the Pope react to mass migration in the Mediterranean, we see that they are behaving in almost exactly in the manner described in Raspail’s book. Europe risks committing suicide because of its abstract humanitarian ideals.

I checked the Wikipedia entry for Jean Raspail. Wikipedia is not always a reliable or balanced source of information. My own Wikipedia entry is almost ridiculously hostile and a case study in character assassination. Yet at least they got my date of birth right.

Jean Raspail was born in July 1925 and will thus turn 90 in 2015. His mind is still sharp. He has contributed to public debate well into his 80s. If he reads the newspapers now he can see that the southern immigrant hordes invading Europe by boat, as he described it in his novel, have turned into reality. He lived long enough to see the warnings he made generations ago become fact.

Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis is a non-fiction book published by Bat Ye’or (Gisèle Littman) in 2005. While it has been dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by hostile mass media, Bat Ye’or never claimed to invent the term Eurabia. This was the name of a French journal in the 1970s. The names, dates and agreements referred to in her book are real. I have checked some of them personally. The only possible criticism that can be raised against her is that she misinterprets these agreements. They exist, and began in the 1970s with pressure from Palestinian terrorism and the blackmail of Arab Muslims from OPEC during the 1973 oil embargo.

Bat Ye’or also describes the Barcelona Process. It was created in 1995 with the intention of bringing Europe and the Arab world closer together. In order to reinvigorate this Euro-Mediterranean Partnership, a Union for the Mediterranean between member states of the European Union and the Arab League was created in 2008. It says on their website that “The Union for the Mediterranean is a multilateral partnership aiming at increasing the potential for regional integration and cohesion among Euro-Mediterranean countries.”

In several books Bat Ye’or has explained the culture and mentality of dhimmitude, the status of non-Muslims submissive to Islamic rule. She further describes how Europe is gradually being transformed into a civilization of dhimmitude, an appendix to the Middle East that is subservient to Arab and Islamic demands. Part of this process consists of making common cause with Muslims through demonization of the Jewish state of Israel. Some of this development is supported by European political leaders, whether through stupidity or otherwise.

“First the Saturday People (the Jews), then the Sunday People (the Christians).” That is the mindset of militant Muslims. Western Europe has witnessed a number of deadly Muslim attacks against synagogues or other Jewish targets. Yet this Jihad will not end with that. Jews may be on the front line, but everyone is a potential target. Militant Muslims move on to other targets, such as artists, cartoonists, writers and intellectuals.

The Islamic attacks on synagogues and other Jewish targets in France and elsewhere are horrifying. Vandalism against churches has received less media attention. It is only a matter of time before Europeans experience Jihadist attacks on Christian places of worship, as we see in Pakistan or Iraq. The differences between the Middle East and Europe are growing smaller every day.

On Sunday April 19, 2015, Sid Ahmed Ghlam, an Algerian student in France, was arrested. Apparently, this heavily armed radical Muslim was planning to carry out terror attacks against Christian churches in the Paris metropolitan area. He was discovered by accident because he literally shot himself in the foot just before he could carry out his intended massacre. He may have been in contact with Jihadists from al-Qaida or the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria. French security services and police had already been on constant high alert for months, following the Islamic massacre against the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris in January 2015. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls reiterated government warnings that the country was facing an “unprecedented terrorist threat.” Security has been tight around Jewish communities and synagogues. It is questionable whether the police and the army have the physical capacity to protect thousands of churches across France as well.

Does that mean that French authorities have effectively lost control over their country? If so, what happens next?

Not all of the so-called “refugees” crossing the Mediterranean are innocent or peaceful. In one migrant boat, some Muslim illegal immigrants murdered Christians by throwing them overboard. Experts warn that Jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS) could purposefully be hiding among boat migrants in the Mediterranean, intending to carry out terror attacks in Europe. ISIS is known to have loyal supporters in Libya. They have carried out several mass beheadings of Christians on the southern shores of the Mediterranean. For many centuries, the coast of North Africa was known as the Barbary Coast. Muslim pirates carried out regular slave raids against Europeans. Will these days now return, following the religious turmoil and population explosion in much of the Arab world?

Jean Raspail and Bat Ye’or (Gisèle Littman) are very different individuals. The first is a Christian man, the second a Jewish woman. They published their most important works years apart. Bat Ye’or’s non-fiction focuses mainly on Islamic issues and Muslim immigration. Jean Raspail’s most important work of fiction focuses on non-European immigration and European surrender in general. Yet they also have certain things in common. Both authors lived long enough to see some of their warnings come true. Together, they give an excellent mental map of the surrender of Europeans to non-European colonizers from the south.

While the Mediterranean is flooded with illegal immigrants, including Islamic Jihadists, the EU elites are creating a Union for the Mediterranean. It is highly doubtful whether most Europeans want a Union with North Africa and the Middle East. But then, the EU elites never cared about what ordinary Europeans think. There is no reason for them to start now.

Europe needs a Union for the Mediterranean just like it needs a beheading. Which is, coincidentally, exactly what it might get.


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31 thoughts on “The Camp of the Saints meets Eurabia

  1. The “greener pastures” metaphor of the head of the African Union is quite out of place. These are not nomadic herdspeople roaming wider afield to draw on Nature’s bounty. Overpopulated unindustrialised tribal peoples, held back by Islam’s prohibition on innovation, are swamping carefully organised industrial civilised societies who have prospered in the past as a result of their own concerted and law-abiding efforts.
    No: these are not “greener pastures”: they are carefully tended man-made orchards and gardens, passed down the generations.

    • Yes, the industrialized world is there as a destination. As that prescient novel (camp/saints) had the refugees from Asia, not Africa, I read news yesterday of Asians discussing migrating to Europe. Europe will evolve inevitably, now, to be more explicitly Southern and Northern Europe.

      Both will be darker skinned in large numbers, but southern Europe more so. It will be a darker version of Portugal, with many very African featured citizens. Mores, clothing styles and civic organization will be “megalopilosal”, much like Rio and Lagos.

      The colder north will not escape. I will just have less emigration due to what I expect will happen later: a too – late reactionary politics against immigration. The left took over so much of European elite and media life that half of the immigration opponents are and will remain hate-filled xenophobic morons, or near morons.

      This will weaken legitimate, respectable immigration opponents. So, it will strengthen too late to stop it before major changes take place. But it will still take an influential stand, preserving a kind of cold “Malaysian culture,” with a majority of Muslims, but enclaves of others, and the whites getting smaller each year via emigration and simple die-off, as non-whites continue to breed via multiple-wife marriages.

      Many whites will have emigrated to Finland, Iceland and Greenland, with Canada and much of America closed to most immigration outside of small numbers who have been waiting for decades.

      My crystal ball has now clouded over.

  2. You want to solve Third World overpopulation?

    No more free vaccinations.
    No more free, GMO, or subsidized foods.
    No more AIDS drugs.
    No more antibiotics.
    No more antimalarials (including bed nets).
    No more antiparasitics.
    No more Doctors without Borders.
    No more educated Western volunteers building things for third worlders that they are too stupid to build for themselves (like wells, aqueducts, sewers, or water treatment facilities).

    Problem solved within one generation.

    • Overpopulation is a function of two curves, the sustainable population and the actual population. Dramatically reducing the actual population by means of dramatically reducing the sustainable population doesn’t actually solve the problem of overpopulation as such.

      On the other hand, it is also true that increasing the sustainable population doesn’t solve overpopulation in the long-term either. What is necessary is the inculcation of a culture of self-reliance and responsibility for one’s own welfare.

      Such a culture cannot be instituted or sustained where individuals who act irresponsibly are exempted from the consequences of their own actions without any demonstrated commitment to act responsibly in the future. But neither can it be instituted or sustained where responsible action is not modeled and the consequences of irresponsible actions made known. It is certainly true that the current model of aid to distressed African populations is a failure. But complete disengagement will leave Africa even more radically overpopulated even at a tenth or less of its current actual population.

      It would also cause a continental ecological catastrophe…but given the global ecological catastrophe which will occur shortly, I don’t suppose that’s very important. It will be morbidly funny to see how the global warming crowd try to sell their kool-aid during the dark year, though.

      • “What is necessary is the inculcation of a culture of self-reliance and responsibility for one’s own welfare. Such a culture cannot be instituted or sustained where individuals who act irresponsibly are exempted from the consequences of their own actions without any demonstrated commitment to act responsibly in the future.”

        Obvious but pertinent truisms. Regrettably most of the world’s cultures (by proportion of world population) including MENA, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Muslim parts of South Asia and South-East Asia are immune to its logic.

        • Well, ensuring that “crime doesn’t pay” (to invoke an often abused phrase) is a difficult and often thankless task, particularly among a population who have allowed crime to be the best paying life-style for hundreds of years.

          Heck, ensuring that criminals are held accountable for their crimes has become a non-starter with most of the Western world at this point. Of course, that can only end one way.

  3. “Yet when many Africans today lack livelihoods, even food or water, perhaps it is not a good idea for Africans to double their numbers.”

    Equally or more pertinently, it was not a good idea for Africans, indeed inhabitants of MENA, to double their numbers in the past 35 years! Why wasn’t Western aid tied to the implementation of population growth limitation strategies?

    In 1963 Egypt had a population of 30 million and a GDP per capita the same as South Korea’s (astonishing as that may seem). Now it has a population of 88 million and a GDP (PPP) per capita of $11,443 whereas South Korea’s GDP (PPP) per capita is now $35,485.

    Yemen is even more of a basket case than Egypt: with no oil and little water the population grew from just one and a half million in 1963 to (2012 est.) over 24,000,000 with a GDP (PPP) per capita of $2,249. The hard question should be asked: why should the Western world provide any financial assistance to, or be a population overflow outlet for, a nation with negligible natural resources that is so irresponsible that it allowed its population to increase sixteenfold in less than half a century? These are truly horrifying numbers to contemplate.

  4. This is a very interesting article by Fjordman, as usual.

    One should note that it is possible to wish to keep the character of a population, such as fair-skinned Swedes, without a speck of animosity for other peoples. In my own case, I find dark skins extremely attractive. But, in the spirit of true diversity, I think peoples ought to not feel guilty at maintaining their own character.

    The second thing is, for millions of years, species have had more children than can be supported, because of the high infant mortality. Generally, the weaker (or more unlucky) infants died, leaving a lean and mean population well in tune with the environment. Selection played an important part in maintaining species.

    In Africa, and every other part of the world, modern technology has allowed most or all of the infants, viable and otherwise, to live to reproduction age. In Africa, apparently, the way the population maintained itself was through a huge birth rate, rather than any actions to modify the environment. So, once the mortality rate went down, the population itself shot up, resulting in millions of adults living on the margins of starvation.

    Even in the technological societies, with modern medicine and particularly socialism, the resources of the most capable individuals was confiscated to support the least viable individuals, including their children. I think this had an effect on the population. I think there is a reason why the most sophisticated and largely isolated populations like Sweden and Norway are opening themselves up to the invasion described by Fjordman. By eliminating selection pressures, they literally changed their own nature so as to be unable to fight for their own existence.

    There is always the question of why the elites are so anxious to facilitate the migrations which surely threaten their own existence. It seems so counter-intuitive.

    My feeling is that the selection pressures are even weaker in the upper classes, leaving them with individuals of limited intelligence and more limited ability to fight for any objective. They seem to abound in the quality of bureaucratic self-promotion, as described in the “Public Choice” construction of Nobel prize winner James Buchanan (not the President).

    The centralization of resources, power, and communication in any society adds to its vulnerability and removes any selection pressures based on ability, intelligence or productivity. At the same time, the increasing complexity and political nonresponsiveness of unelected bureaucracies which hold great power over individuals and the society, make it difficult to reverse the situation, except through revolutionary means.

    • ” it is possible to wish to keep the character of a population, such as fair-skinned Swedes, without a speck of animosity for other peoples.”

      This ought to be an elementary truth, shouldn’t it? It seems to be accepted for every other human group, but not for fair-skinned blonds, who are just about the rarest human type on the planet (next to redheads).

      I recall being at a language institute in Germany with people from many other countries when the instructor mentioned something (in a neutral tone) about demographic patterns making blonds less and less common. A woman from Africa — tall and elegant, very self-assured and certainly well-regarded — piped up and said with a smug grin, “That’s good.”

      I was taken aback to hear what she really thought of all the blondish people who had treated her more than respectfully. She wanted us to cease existing.

      • Sad, that your ‘tall, elegant, self assured African woman’ commented in that way.

        Exactly what did she have to be smug about, because I can see nothing.

        I have never been to Africa, but for many years wrote to two uncles who lived in S.Africa and Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) who had both travelled widely on the continent, and told me Africans were exceptionally useless people who could do very little for themselves and relied almost completely on the Europeans to build, invent, maintain and run everything Africans had come to rely upon.

        Largely, what my uncles told me was word for word the comment of RonaldB (above) and so it has come to pass–‘Africa for Africans’, well they have South Africa now, and has it become a paradise, this once most prosperous, powerful, progressive country in Africa?

        • Peter35-

          I’ve lived in North Africa for the past 2.5 years and your uncles’ comments also ring true to my experiences there. They never had it so good as when the French attempted to incorporate them into metropolitan France.

          It’s amazing to watch them demand all the latest technical toys when they can’t even keep a toilet, sidewalk, or beach clean. They don’t even understand basic climate control or how to defrost their car windows either.

    • >> By eliminating selection pressures, they literally changed their own nature so as to be unable to fight for their own existence <<

      I think human nature doesn't change but it responds to material circumstances. I wonder if large numbers of Westerners now (and for over a century) see themselves in competition not with immigrants but with the productive people in their own societies who are objecting unreasonably to the demands of socialists.

      The cultural threat from foreigners has not been sufficiently clear to set off any alarm bells though I can't for the life of me figure out why. Electoral support for nationalist parties is Scroogelike and they advance by millimeters only.

      Which makes me think that we must consider the lunatic phenomenon. As a friend stated, some people don't have the sense that God gave a duck. An educated and dear friend recently observed to me that the reason Obama has not be more successful is that he is "too conservative." Where does one begin with that?

      An intelligent woman who is a retired teacher observed to me that the society in which we live (U.S.) was created by white males and that she is not a part of that society.

      So there you have smart people who demonstrate spectacular failures of perception and analysis.

      Sweden is an entire lunatic country, as are other European countries to a (slightly) lesser degree.

      Did this result in the last 70 years because of a selection process? No, there Westerners sit passively in the face of smug liars and primitives who appropriate their substance and their daughters. And their lands.

      There are perfectly sane, aware Westerners who see the threat clearly but they are seemingly helpless participants in the Zombie Apocalypse and War on Arithmetic. They do fight back by stating the most elemental facts. E.g., it's madness to import millions of backwards, hostile people into your living rooms. But they can't penetrate the mental fog. The Western brain flies up in raptures of delight at the New and Improved Sodomy, queer theory, the War on Women, gender equality, slut walks, structural (non-existent) racism, restrooms, abortion, AGW fantasies, and white privilege.

      • “The War on Arithmetic” is real. In a way, it’s as though the creeps in charge want to make sure the slaves can’t read, only in this case, it’s to keep the lower orders innummerate – if that’s a word. I had to explain to a relative once what was really happening when she chose to make the minimum payment on her credit card instead of paying it off every month. Of course by then the amount due was far larger than anything she could have managed. So she threw up her hands in defeat.

        Finally, I suggested she listen to Dave Ramsey’s radio program. I don’t know if he’s still on, but he and his daughter have a book out (he has A LOT of books about debt, mostly about getting out):

        Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money

        He’s a Christian but doesn’t let that fact get in the way of his message; it does mean that only “fringe” broadcasters carry him. The left ridicules him, even though thousands of people swear by his methods, saying his ideas about money management have changed their lives. You’d think that instead of ridicule, the detractors would adopt his ideas and put a socialist spin on it…he wouldn’t have to get the credit.

        Oh, wait…that sure would put a spanner in the works of the Progress they’re making on enslaving the middle class.

        Do I sound paranoid? When every single thing in our environment is politicized now, including what we eat or wear, paranoia is a useful trait. Back before Paranoia set in, such a trait was called Discernment.

        • Most humans rely upon authority figures to do most of their thinking for them. This makes sense for two reasons. One, the actual mental capacity of humans varies significantly, and only a bit more than 1.5% of humans have problem-solving intelligence. A human of average intelligence can recognize when a particular solution is working, but could only hope to discover that solution by trial and error.

          To look at a novel problem and think out a solution requires a combination of patient deliberation, imaginative focus, and raw mental talent. It corresponds (very roughly) with an IQ of about 135 (IQ tests usually only focus on raw mental capacity, they are not intended to measure deliberative and imaginative tendencies, but both qualities still help people score better on most IQ tests). People who are below this measured IQ but are unusually contemplative and creative (strength in both categories is required) can often come up with working solutions to novel problems, impatient or conventional people above this measured IQ may still lack the ability to mentally conceive working solutions to novel problems.

          There is also the question of specialized expertise, deep familiarity with existing solutions for a given set of problems. A plumber doesn’t have to think up novel solutions for how to repair common plumbing problems, almost every problem which can be encountered in normal plumbing will have a conventional solution, thought up previously by inventive genius or hit upon by trial and error. These conventional solutions are taught to novice plumbers by experienced plumbers, often in some form of apprenticeship. They will not be readily known to most non-plumbers, even though most of them can be readily conceived by a genius-level intellect.

          By combining reliance on these two types of authority, a human of normal intelligence can avoid having to solve problems through costly and uncertain trial and error, instead trading some portion of the fruits of their own specialization to ‘buy’ a known working solution from an expert or genius (this is not always a straightforward market transaction, particularly in purchasing the services of a genius). Because trial and effort problem solving tends to cost several times the labor of implementing an existing solution, and existing solutions tend to be more effective/efficient than those readily discoverable by trial and error, there is a significant benefit to this behavior.

          Humans instinctively form into social groups of about 150 responsible individuals. These social groups can overlap in various ways, a common prehistoric form is a tribe of about 150 families, where the women mostly associate with other women and interface with the men predominantly through their husbands, and the men do likewise, the children are regarded as irresponsible or, when approaching adulthood, mediated through their parents. Such a community will contain perhaps four individuals with problem-solving intelligence and dozens of specialized experts (the female and male experts naturally specialized in areas more relevant to the tasks associated with their own gender, with one or two ‘experts’ in “remembering way back when”). Even in this very basic, pre-civilized context, reliance on authority (genius or expert) to solve any problem you don’t immediately understand how to solve yourself makes a lot more sense than flailing about trying to solve the problem yourself. As this degree of social organization is firmly instinctive, so too is the associated behavior of appealing to authority for solutions to problems.

          One reason this works is because, in such a small community, everyone is capable of knowing everyone else (that they personally deal with or would seek advice from) pretty well. They have enough remembered history with each other to have an reflexive feeling for whether any given individual in the community has characteristically acted as a friend, rival, or frienemy in the past (outright enemies would probably have been ejected from the community). Thus, the simple fact that Rodg specializes in thatching huts won’t lead to him being trusted if he’s previously used his position as an expert to trick people into doing dumb stuff, because they’ll remember it at a reflexive level even without consciously remembering the details.

          As society grows beyond this size, the innate social capacity of humans to reflexively ‘feel’ how trustworthy everyone else is must be exceeded. Society deals with this in two ways, formal credentials and status-ranking. Formal credentials are issued by organizations which affirm that everyone receiving the credential is trustworthy and competent in their field, status-rankings attempt to identify a combination of genius and leadership through the culturally appropriate markers it is assumed will be exclusive to innately talented persons with a firm commitment to the values of the society as a whole (for instance, money, fame, political influence).

          This system is under constant attack by people who want to be able to ‘sell’ counterfeit solutions. To do this, they will fake credentials, corrupt or game the credentialization process to get real (but debased) credentials, or obtain money, fame, and political influence by resort to other crimes. Discovering and deterring these impostors is essential, yet requires serious investment of time and energy. When a majority of the citizens of society are invested in catching cheaters, and mechanisms for reporting and then punishing them are in place, the burden imposed is not insuperable. But when there are few citizens willing to sacrifice their own time and effort to hold frauds accountable, or regular forms for impartially investigating such cases and exacting significant retribution fail, then only superhuman efforts can maintain the presumed validity of authority.

          Generally, the longer a given civilized order has been in place, the greater the tendency of people to take it for granted and thus contribute little to maintaining it, or excuse violations of the system of credentialization and social status as ‘harmless’. The evidence that a social order has been in place for a long time is generally construed as proof that it cannot ever fail from neglect or abuse. Fools and criminals are accorded positions of authority predicated on the presumption of competence and character.

          And otherwise intelligent and respectable people begin to parrot the nonsense that is marketed as the ‘expert consensus’ and ‘innovative leadership’.

  5. Ironically, the savagery of the Islamic State may ultimately prove helpful in defending traditional European civilization by providing Cassandras like Fjordman grist for their mill. If the Muslim migrants were all smooth operators schooled in taqiyya and the subtleties of stealth jihad, making a case for restricting them would be far more difficult. As it is, the Islamic State jihadists and their ilk are so brazen that one can almost (almost!) believe it when those Muslim conspiracy mongers on say that ISIS is a Zionist plot.
    But heck, I’m probably just engaged in wishful thinking. Probably nothing can stop the PC crowd from sinking the ship, not even those gruesome beheading videos.

  6. The Stranger within my Gate

    The Stranger within my gate,
    He may be true or kind,
    But he does not talk my talk–
    I cannot feel his mind
    I see the face and the eyes and mouth
    But not the soul behind.

    The men of my own stock,
    They may do ill or well,
    But they tell the lies I am wonted to,
    They are used to the lies I tell;
    And we do not need interpreters
    When we go to buy and sell.

    The stranger within my gates
    He may be evil or good
    But I cannot tell what powers control,
    What reasons sway his mood;
    Nor when the Gods of his far-off land
    Shall repossess his blood.

    The men of my own stock,
    Bitter bad they may be,
    But at least they hear the things I hear
    And see the things I see;
    And whatever I think of them and their likes,
    They think of the likes of me.

    This was my father’s belief,
    And this is also mine:
    Let all the corn be one sheaf
    And the grapes be all one vine
    Ere our children’s teeth are set on edge
    By bitter bread and wine.

    Rudyard Kipling

  7. Odd how after all that ‘aid’ from World Bank, IMF, UN etc; Africa remains undeveloped, they need industry and they need it fast. To the ‘world leaders’ its a supply of cheap food, labour and minerals, and will stay that way.
    Its clear that the North Africans (bar Egypt) are happy to pass these people on to Europe. We should police their harbours and coastline, as if it were a warzone. Not as drastic as sending in the marines and rocket ships as we once did.

    • Fred M-

      You are exactly correctly about the North African attitude towards migrants. They are either allowed through. Occasionally they are labeled ‘guinea pigs’ by the local papers and swiftly deported.

  8. A people who lose- or geld- their survival instincts are easy prey to those who have not.

    As malignant as Islam is, its survival instincts- and its will to power- are feverishly potent

    Europe castrated itself after WW II to do penance for not stopping the rise of murderous totalitarians, tragically failing to understand that this falsetto ‘condition’ only allows them to fall prey to the next totalitarians.

    This time preaching the Fourth Reich of imperialistic, terroristic Islam.

    Mohammad’s Mein Jihad, in effect.

    To have tried to exterminate the Jews (cultured, assimilated, tolerant and life-loving,/em>) and then , as a way to try to “compensate” for this crime, the EU now invites in the Muslims (anti-culture, anti-assimilation, intolerant and life-despising) is a parodisical “Depraved Comedy” that only a Dante could properly pen.

  9. Patrick B: thanks for posting that Kipling poem. There is much is Kipling’s poetry to sustain us in these times; his wisdom gained from experience is unsentimental and deals with reality as it was–and is. See also _The Broken Man_; _Covenant_; _The Holy War_; _Hymn Before Action_; and _The Gods of the Copybooks Headings_.

  10. A big thank you to the author. What he says about the EU and North Africa is exactly right. I worked on an EU funded EuroMed heritage project and know what the North Africans and Middle Easterners (except Israelis of course) are like. We should basically close our borders to them (unless they are Jewish, a very tiny part of their populations) because they really are useless and always have been.

    The African invents nothing, takes everything he (or she) can get their hands on and always wants more – they are basically undisciplined children and need to contained. The lack of containment of Africans and Arabs has been one of THE biggest problems for the rest of the world throughout history, and I’m pissed. There were times when we could have confronted them, could have contained them but no one did anything. The crusades would have done better to have focused on converting North Africa (or wiping the population out there – it was okay in those days), instead they killed Europeans and then Jews in the Middle East – stupid beyond belief.

    • If it is true that all people of a given race have given attributes which we regard as desirable or not, then why not cut out the “middleman” and simply assess people by their individual possession of traits we desire?

      The assumption is that it is much easier to tell what race someone is than to assess their individual intelligence, decency, responsibility, and so forth. But this is not true with racial theories more complex than judging people strictly by their complexion.

      Actually, judging people simply by their complexion doesn’t make much sense as a racial theory, but it makes a great deal of sense for comparing the level of privilege enjoyed by different people who share racial heritage in certain common cultural contexts. If you have two persons, both belonging to the same non-white racial group and of the same age, you can tell at a glance which spends more time indoors. In most pre-industrial cultures, spending significantly more time inside corresponds very strongly to a privileged life-style. This is why nearly every culture in the world has a profound bias towards assuming that women with fairer skin are higher-status, with darker complexions indicating lower status.

      This holds less true for men, since warrior traditions form a significant element of most influential cultures, and thus height (correlating to nutrition in childhood, with attendant reach and power advantages in combat) tends to be a more decisive factor in quickly assessing the likely social status of males. This high-status for males is also generally assumed to be merited rather than a privilege. But while a fair skin may not reliably indicate high social status in a male, it does still indicate less time spend in rigorous physical exertion under harsh conditions.

      The instinct to regard fair-skin as an indication of ‘privilege’ (in the sense that doesn’t correspond to merited social status but only exemption from harsh exertion) is almost non-existent in those races which cannot reliably tan (absent miscegenation). But it is quite strong in most other races, and explains a lot of the irrational hostility of non-whites towards whites (particularly white men). Some of the nonsensical narrative of ‘racial privilege’ may persist because it is politically useful, but most of it is viscerally felt because…it’s just instinct.

      In any case, assuming that a genetic tendency towards darker skin indicates a genetic incapacity to do anything other than manual labor under supervision is no more rational than assuming that a genetic tendency towards whiter skin indicates a genetic incapacity to work (or fight) hard. In fact, from the Asian perspective whites are generally regarded as having a superior innate capacity for strenuous effort and combat compared to most of the darker races (this might have something to do with the rather exaggerated facial structure of European races).

      But once you admit the inadequacy of the “fairer is more docile and sheltered” model as a means of examining racial traits, you’re faced with the necessity of coming up with a more complex model of racial dynamics to try and get any real predictive utility out of it. And if you’re interested in things like intelligence, responsibility, and so forth, there are already very good tests for these traits. No, IQ and personality disorder tests aren’t perfect, but they are immensely more reliable than trying to gauge such mental traits racially.

  11. This may seem unrelated, but it isn’t. I highly recommend the game King of Dragon Pass because of the research into cultural development that was apparently put into it:

    This is an older game that will run well on older computers, and because of that it has been ported to most phones and tablets at this point.

    The point of the game is to go from an isolated clan with no hierarchical government to developing feudalism, at which point you win the game. Even though it’s set in a fantasy world, it’s not the usual nonsense. For example, the size of your clan is limited by the realistic social cognitive limitations that your system of governance would have in reality. You’re also forced to make decisions based on the beliefs of the sort of early agricultural culture that you have (it seems to be something like a composite of more than one culture at the same level of civilization).

    A video of someone playing it is here:

  12. Another great piece by Fjordman.

    “…the EU elites never cared about what ordinary Europeans think.” The EU project is a complete sham, a great lie. The EU has nothing to do with liberty or freedom. Bread and circuses have been given to the masses as a distraction. This has already been bred into the culture and is part of convention, like political correctness. Like their American counterparts, they are being entertained to death, dumbed down in a system that has trotted out technology to do this. EU member states are becoming immigration processing centers. Each year I notice a new asylum centrum near where I live, or an increase in its asylum seekers. We pay for it of course. We pay for it because the West not only destroyed countries like Libya, destroyed economies and livelihoods, but underdeveloped entire continents, underdeveloped and robbed Africa beginning in the 1600s to the present day. Today psychopaths are running the show From my own perspective as a citizen in Europe, I believe most Europeans have not worked this out yet. We will soon extinguish ourselves and have only ourselves to blame, for not standing up against tyranny.

  13. Interesting article, as usual.

    A ‘Union for the Mediterranean’, Europeans just cannot give up their 1500 year dream of recreating the Roman Empire, this time it will be a nightmare.
    ‘Mare Nostrum’? Not any more.

  14. Jean Raspail
    – I have no solution to the question
    – The question is insolvable

    Jean Raspail is a traveler, leaving already upon his unsuccessful graduation, after having written a worthless novel, according to himself, as he explains on French Radio Classique this week.

    He realized he could combine traveling, seeing and writing.

    – “The Camp of The Saints” is a novel about the decadence of Europe and of the West facing something it can neither handle, nor comprehend, nor evaluate, nor whatever. And it turns out that this is exactly what is happening right now.

    A fortnight ago some magazine had called Jean Raspail a “prophet”. However, these days the media are, in general silent about his novel, whereas earlier they thought he went a bit far with his story. Raspail underlines, he never wished anything like his novel would ever happen in real life.

    Le Monde even went so far as to admit “Well, Raspail was right”, according to Raspail himself.

    Jean Raspail has no answer to how to deal with the African boatloads washing ashore the Northern Mediterranean.

    – I will quit my prophecies, but the European governments would be incapable of answering. Incapable.

    Edith Piaf’s singing “Milord” follows the above words in the interview where Jean Raspail has picked his musical “Madeleines”, starting off with Bach.

    “Come over here, Milord!
    Sit down at my table.
    It’s cold outside.
    And here it’s comfortable.
    Make yourself at ease
    Put your feet up on a chair….”

  15. Large numbers of uninvited immigrants are not necessarily invaders; but they are colonists.

    Ask a liberal, “Is colonialism a good idea?” and of course they will reply that it is not. Then point out that Western Europe is being colonised by people from other countries. What is the difference between the Dutch colonising the Western Cape, or the English colonising Massachusetts, and these boatloads of uninvited people crossing the Mediterranean?

    Unfortunately, many of my fellow countrymen will justify this modern colonialism, simply because the colonists are black or Muslim and the colonised are white and Christian.

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