(sequel to A Brief Jaunt Through Recent History, Part I)
Actions have consequences. Often unintended. And most of the time those unintended consequences aren’t good ones.
In the early 20th century, the world started dabbling in what its proponents called “progressive” ideology. Social safety nets, short work weeks, national health care, central planning, population control, eugenic, all within the state nothing outside the state …. that sort of thing.
A few of which are great things to have to the extent you can afford them. Europe, especially ran with it, and for a while it was easy what with them having outsourced their defense to the United States during the Cold War.
But these kinds of things ultimately turned out to be pyramid schemes which depended on the next generation always being larger than the previous so you had more paying into the system than you were paying out to. And at first, the ratio was great. But as people voted themselves more and more benefits and had fewer and fewer children … supporting the growing aging population with more costly programs and fewer and fewer people in each succeeding generation paying into it started to destabilize things. So the Europeans did the only sensible thing.
They outsourced procreation. They started bringing in immigrants who would take the lower wages they themselves wouldn’t take and of course no longer had to because of the social safety nets. It made them feel good about themselves. Oh, and it would be so oppressive to expect them to assimilate, we’re all so “multicultural”. We’re above that. We’re worldly. Accepting of other cultures. And we’re giving them a lift out of poverty. Why we practically have one foot in heaven already!
Just not in their back yards.
Which left large swaths of these populations especially in France and now increasingly in Germany and Sweden living quite separately from the societies that imported them, in cheap, crowded, maybe government housing.
That didn’t turn out so well.
We’ve done the same kind of thing here as well. The main difference is we import our cheap labor from mainly Mexico and Central America, and Europe has imported its cheap labor mainly from the Muslim world.
We haven’t had the problems they are having … yet. And that’s mainly because the cultural differences between us and our cheap labor sources aren’t that great. There’s no jihadi component in Central America.
But you can’t say that for Europe and its labor sources.
We can, however, learn from what has happened in Europe. and think twice about who we bring into this country and on what conditions.
If you want to come here and be an American, come on in, fulfill the requirements, pass the test, take the pledge, and assimilate as best you can. You wanted to be one of us, be one of us.
If you want to come here just to work, that’s cool. We can make that clear in the arrangement and if you ever find it’s not working out for you you can always go back. And if you decide “hey this American thing is cool, I want to be a citizen”, well you can apply just like everyone else who immigrates has to. Like they have to in every other country.
We do have an interest in accepting compatible people and rejecting incompatible people. This has nothing to do with race or origin. It has to do with culture and attitude.
So now there’s a power vacuum in Syria, and various factions are duking it out, including ISIS. Which was created in the vacuum we left when we “ended” the war in Iraq. The Russians like their man Assad and are bombing on his behalf. We’ve been bombing against ISIS and other Islamist factions in Syria. It’s a soup of factions of people who aren’t big fans of America, and our bombing probably isn’t helping that image with most of them.
So it’s REALLY unclear who the refugees actually are, how do you sift through them, and where do you put them?
Do you put them in cities all across western countries?
Ask France. Ask Germany. Ask Sweeden. They tried it and it got ugly fast. It’s also true some of the problems that crop up often take a generation or two to develop, and when they do, you get … civil war here.
The answers are not as simple as many would like you to believe.