The latest essay by our Indian correspondent The Kafir considers the European “refugee” crisis from the standpoint of free-market economics.
The Ongoing Muslim Invasion of Europe and the Limits of Human Compassion
by The Kafir
“As long as an increase in population has been made possible by the growing productivity of the populations in the regions concerned, or by more effective utlilisation of their resources, and not by deliberate artificial support of this growth from outside, there is little cause for concern. Morally, we have as little right to prevent the growth of population in other parts of the world as we have a duty to assist it. On the other hand, a moral conflict may indeed arise if materially advanced countries continue to assist and indeed even subsidise the growth of populations in regions, such as perhaps the Sahel zone in Central Africa, where there appears to exist little prospect that its present population, let alone an increased one, will in the foreseeable future be able to maintain itself by its own efforts. With any attempt to maintain populations beyond the volume at which accumulated capital could still be currently reproduced, the number that could be maintained would diminish. Unless we interfere, only such populations will increase further as can feed themselves. The advanced countries, by assisting populations such as that in the Sahel to increase, are arousing expectations, creating conditions involving obligations, and thus assuming a grave responsibility on which they are very likely sooner or later to default. Man is not omnipotent; and recognising the limits of his powers may enable him to approach closer to realising his wishes than following natural impulses to remedy remote suffering about which he can, unfortunately, do little if anything.”
— F.A. Hayek, from the book The Fatal Conceit, page 114-115 of Kindle Edition.
The Fatal Conceit was originally published in 1988. I doubt any among the do-gooders of the West — the men in The UN, WHO, the whole NGO army, the socialist governments across the Western world — ever read it. Even if any of them did, they must have dismissed above passage in it, if not the whole book itself, as the evil propaganda by a bloodsucking capitalist: “Who else can advocate that infants in the poor countries should not be saved by sparing a little from the trillions the west earns every year, often by exploiting the natural resources of the poor countries?”
A little reflection after reading above book by the great Friedrich Hayek lays bare the horror the compassion of the Leftists has wrought over the past one hundred years.
Ideally, for a society, reduction in infant mortality rates, increase in life expectancy, improvements in the level of education of the population, and the availability of better health services should be a function of its increased prosperity. And equally ideally, the increased prosperity must be a result of free market order in place in that society not the result of some unearned windfall, such as oil or other mineral income in the Gulf countries of the Middle East. If the free market operates in a society, that society becomes rich because of private property rights, a contract system, and free trade and enterprise; and as a result its population grows. The children who survive into adulthood have jobs readily available to them in their own countries, because that is what free market order is all about.
But it is also possible to reduce infant mortality rates and increase life expectancy in a society by pumping money in from the outside, for targeted spending on vaccination, nutrition in early childhood, and basic health services. But in such a case, when those children grow up, they will not all have the means to earn a livelihood. They will feel all bottled up, and the skilful politicians will be able to divert the pressure towards the few rich in their own countries, and towards the rich, “colonial” West.
This is exactly what has been done by The UN and all the international aid agencies, duly funded by the compassionate Leftists of the West. In their personal capacities, as politicians in power, as conscience-keepers in the media, and as kind billionaires. Aid poured in Third-World hellholes ruled by the tinpot dictators or Leftists themselves, and assisted by the breakthroughs in the medical science, again brought about the prosperity unleashed in the West by free market order and industrialisation it engendered, has caused an explosion in the population of these countries which ideally should have resulted from the prosperity brought about by free market order.
Free market order, if left to work itself out, automatically creates medical and educational infrastructure enough for the population that it can support. That is, the children it saves in infancy find educational infrastructure and jobs ready for them when they grow up. A society left to its own devices will always have only the population it can support. Nature balances itself out.
(This also readily demonstrates follies of both the Keynesian stimulation through government spending, and the Welfare State. In case of Keynesian stimulation, the borrowed spending on infrastructure is a waste, as the economy itself has not developed to use the infrastructure or to pay for it. And in the case of the Welfare State, fast-forwarding the health and educational status of the poor by subsidising them only creates an army of the unemployed, full of resentment and hatred towards the rich, and needing further benefits such as an unemployment allowance and food stamps. If instead the extended free market order is allowed to work its magic, population growth is always matched by growth in economic opportunities for everybody, and even in case of a stable population, the opportunity for economic improvement is available for everybody, and people grow up knowing that each person himself is only responsible for his own condition, and nobody else’s.)
But “the expectations and obligations” discussed by Hayek in the above quoted-passage stand created. They are created by the follies and the misplaced compassion of the Left in the West, and the youth in these countries are now knocking at the gates of the West, asking the ruling Western oligarchs to discharge their “responsibility” toward the “less fortunate” they talk of at the time of increasing taxes.
And so masses of humanity are swarming, from Latin America towards the North America, and from the North Africa and the Middle East towards Europe.
North America may still turn out lucky. The Latin Americans rushing into it may not be equipped for the economy they are entering, but they are not designed to kill their hosts. With time, they may indeed acquire skills needed to live in, say, New York. The fact that they are not commanded by their God to kill the economy of their hosts by increasing lawlessness, to rape their women not deemed properly dressed, to enslave their hosts once they are impoverished enough, or kill them if they still resist, may give North America time.
In contrast, Europe is in real trouble. The “youth” invading it are obligated by their religion to kill the commerce of their hosts, to rape women not sufficiently covered, to impose sharia, and kill those who resist any of it.
The Left’s horrors have not ended with the famines and gulags of Stalin and Mao. The deaths it caused in 20th century are going to look like rehearsals in comparison with what it is going to cause with its “mitigation of suffering in the poor countries of the world.”
All the increase of the population in Muslim countries is the doing of the kafirs. The medical advances were made by the kafirs. The aid to the poor Muslim countries was given by the kafirs. The oil wealth was made possible by kafirs by inventing the internal combustion engine. And now the Muslim world is just throwing those increased numbers at kafirs themselves.
There are no good choices before kafirs: They must either fence the Muslims in the Muslims’ own countries and let them kill each other, or let them come to the kafir countries and then kill their kafir hosts, or kafirs must kill their Muslim immigrants.
Or kafirs may recover their senses and kill Islam itself. Some deaths will still be caused, but they will be very few when compared with any other alternative.
And kill Leftism also, simultaneously, in all its forms, before it creates more monsters.
Or kafirs may embrace Islam, here and now, and be done with it all, and on the desolate and barren earth that will result, wait for the Sun to run out of fuel.
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