Monday, September 12, 2011

Immigration affects the bottom first

Mass immigration is transforming Europe. One of its effects is that its political culture is losing the sedateness that is the result of not being part of a great power struggle. Many European countries became very laid back after 1945. With the arrival of large numbers of third world immigrants first social relations on the lower rungs of society became more strained, as the streets of European countries experienced an ethnic crime wave that has lasted 40 years.

Reaching the political elite

Since 9-11 these immigration fueled tensions are starting to be felt in the political apex of society as well. The political class which foisted wave after wave of new populations on European peoples started to feel a growing backlash from populist parties, such as the Danish People's Party in Denmark, Vlaams Belang in Belgium, Freedom Party in The Netherlands and the SVP in Switzerland. But the political elite always felt physically secure.

Elite insecurity

That seems to be over now. The cause is the assasination of 70 plus young Norwegian Labour members by terrorist Anders Breivik. A few days ago Dutch Labour leader Job Cohen was interviewed by daily newspaper Trouw and said:
Members of the [Labour] party are asking themselves whether this could happen in The Netherlands. Nobody was expecting that a prosperous and politically stable country such as Norway could be the scene of such a ruthless murderous attack. One tends to ponder about the question whether such a thing could happen in The Netherlands as well.
Cohen continued:
Do not underestimate how much fear this caused amongst social-democrats and other leftist politicians. It is a sad feeling, when one works on society, to bind people together
It is a favor to be replaced

Cohen still does think he and his ilk did Dutch people a favour when he flooded the country with third worlders. He is still not aware that ALL societies which have to endure high levels of diversity become fragmented and lose social cohesion. This was shown by Professor Robert D. Putnam in 2007:
In the presence of [ethnic] diversity, we hunker down. We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it’s not just that we don’t trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don’t trust people who do look like us.

Loss of trust

Anders Breivik had lost trust in Norway's political elite because they had betrayed him and his fellow Norwegians. Many other Europeans feel betrayed too. Because the road to a peaceful change of policy has been blocked by anti-racist legislation such people will take their anger out on the Left. Breivik's act was both immoral and counter-productive. It will be more difficult for a rightwing anti-immigration party to make headway in Norway do to the hardening of Norwegian attitudes caused by his deeds.

The splintering effect

There is no silver lining. I think there will be more attacks on political parties by members of the public. Not just in Norway but all over Europe. These attacks will frighten the public and give the political class the opportunity to increase the repressive legislation and to increase security services for the political class, not for the population at large.

And so the indiginous populations in Europe and the political class are growing further and further apart. This will not end pretty.

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