Europe, if not in the United States, some people are
beginning to grasp that just maybe they made a mistake
when they decided to welcome millions of immigrants over
the last several decades.
The most recent
European to get it is former West German Chancellor
Helmut Schmidt, who has been making noises about the
damage he and his colleagues have inflicted on their own
Interviewed in a Hamburg newspaper
last month, Mr. Schmidt confessed, "The concept of
difficult to make fit with a democratic society"
and that importing thousands of Turkish "gastarbeiter,"
or foreign guest workers, into Germany over the last
several decades was a
bit of a boo-boo.
As the London Daily Telegraph
reported the story, Mr. Schmidt, Social Democratic
chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982,
problems resulting from the influx of mostly Turkish
Gastarbeiter, or guest workers, had been
in Germany and the rest of Europe. They could be
overcome only by authoritarian governments, he added,
Singapore as an example." [Turkish
workers a mistake, claims Schmidt, by Hannah
Cleaver, November 25, 2004]
He`s hardly the first to see this,
although admittedly, at the age of 85, he`s just a wee
bit behind the curve.
As long ago as 1990, I wrote, in an
article in Chronicles magazine,
late Roman Empire, the
Byzantine Empire, the
Ottoman Empire, and the dominions of the
Habsburgs and the Romanoffs, among others, all
presided over a kind of rainbow coalition of nations and
peoples, who for the most part managed to live happily
because their secret compulsions to spill each other`s
blood was restrained by the overwhelming power of the
despots and dynasties who ruled them.
"Political freedom relies on a shared political culture
as much as on the oppositions and balances that social
differentiation creates, and when the common culture
disintegrates under the impact of mass migrations, only
institutionalized force can hold the regime together."
That`s a bit of a mouthful, but I
gather it`s what Mr. Schmidt was driving at. To have
freedom on a stable political basis, you have to have a
homogeneous culture and society, composed of people who
share the same values and beliefs.
If they don`t share them, you can
hold them together only by force.
That lesson is becoming clear in
Europe, where the
brutal murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh last
month by an
Islamic fanatic shows what happens when you destroy
homogeneity by importing fragments of alien and hostile
Much the same lesson ought to be
clear in this country, not only from the
9/11 atrocities themselves but from the
recent slaughter of
six white deer hunters in Wisconsin by a
disgruntled Asian immigrant.
"Society cannot exist,"
wrote the great eighteenth century conservative
Edmund Burke, "unless a controlling power upon
will and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of
it there is within, the more of it there must be
Restraints come from within when a
population shares cultural and moral values; when they
don`t, external force has to provide the restraints.
Only a week or so after the murder
of Mr. Van Gogh in Holland, the neighboring country of
outlawed its main opposition party, the Vlaamsblok,
for being a "racist organization."
The Vlaamsblok, which two opinion
polls found was the most popular political party in
Flanders the month before, was notable
mainly for its strong opposition to immigration.
That`s what made it "racist" and that`s why it
had to go.
This month Great Britain simply
arrested two of its leading
opponents of immigration,
Nick Griffin of the British National Party and the
party`s founder John Tyndall, on charges of "inciting
racial hatred." Each, it seems, had made (in private
meetings secretly taped by undercover informants)
derogatory (or perhaps merely critical) remarks
The arrests are transparent efforts
by the British overclass to muzzle rising political
challengers, but they`re also
part of the drift toward authoritarianism that mass
We see the drift in this country,
Patriot Act and its spawn at
airports and in
random searches of law-abiding citizens—all because
our own overclass will not
enforce standing laws against illegal immigration
and does nothing to halt the
transformation of American society by millions of
Unwilling to control immigration
and the cultural disintegration it causes, the
authorities instead control the law-abiding.
This is precisely the bizarre
system of misrule I have elsewhere described as
"anarcho-tyranny"—we refuse to control
real criminals (that`s the anarchy) so we
control the innocent (that`s the tyranny).
What is now becoming obvious in
Europe, even to decrepit socialists like Helmut Schmidt,
ought to be no less obvious to our own decrepit rulers
It`s already obvious to those they
All they need is a leader with the
guts and brains to say it out loud.
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Sam Francis [email
him] is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection
of his columns,
America Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The
Disintegration Of American Culture, is now available
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