Thursday, October 21, 2010

Is European Multiculturalism really on its way out?

The above article, written by Soeren Kern, is entitled "The Beginning of the End of European Multiculturalism"

Blogblather notes that I have posted articles describing the dangers of European Multiculturalism, specifically, the slow encroachment of Muslims who refuse to integrate. Europe will become "Eurabia" if this trend continues. He then finds me at odds with myself for posting notes about Geert Wilders and others who are attempting to turn their nations around. Either they will be turned around or they won't. Why can't I make up my mind, Blogblather wonders?

Well, yes, Holland would be on the right track if they followed Geert Wilders' lead, and while he has garnered immense popularity, the Dutch court still has him on the dock and may still send him to jail. Multiculturalism is far from dead in Holland or anyplace else in Europe. If one looks for encourage signs, as Soeren Kern does, one can find them, but this just means that not everyone in Europe as succumbed to the Multiculturalist ideal, not that any nation is making the decision to abandon it.

Kern quotes from Merkel's October 16 speech: "We are a country which at the beginning of the 1960s actually brought [Muslim] guest workers to Germany. Now they live with us and we lied to ourselves for a while, saying that they will nott stay and that they will have disappeared again one day. That is not the reality. This multicultural approach—saying that we simply live side by side and are happy about each other—this approach has failed, failed utterly."

Kern goes on to write, " Merkel's sobering comments follow the publication in October of a survey by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, a think tank linked to the center-left Social Democratic Party [SPD], which found that 55% of Germans believe that Arabs are "unpleasant," and over 33% believe the country is being "overrun" by immigrants. The study also noted that "far-right attitudes" are not isolated at the extremes of German society, but to a large degree "at the center of it.

"The debate over what to do about Germany's broken immigration system has been simmering for years, but began in earnest in August, when Thilo Sarrazin, a prominent German banker, and also a long-time member of the SPD, published a controversial new book titled "Germany Does Away With Itself." The book broke Germany's long-standing taboo on discussing the impact of Muslim immigration by highlighting painful truths about the current state of affairs."

Further down Kern writes, "Rather than acknowledge the legitimate concerns of millions of European voters -- that a large percentage of immigrants are not integrating into European society -- Europe's politically correct ruling elite for years has focused its energy on silencing dissent by branding those who refuse to buy into its multicultural worldview as racial bigots.

"Now, however, increasing numbers of European voters (including many on the political left and far-left) are protesting the entrenched paternalism of Europe's ruling class by moving to the political right in search of solutions to some of Europe's most intractable (and mostly self-inflicted) problems. Center-right and far-right parties are currently governing in Britain, France, Germany and Italy, and now sit in the parliaments of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Latvia, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

"This political trend spells big trouble ahead for European multiculturalism. Although the term multiculturalism can be defined in many ways, in contemporary Europe it generally refers to an anti-Western ideology, disguised as liberalism, that encourages people of different (namely non-Judeo-Christian) faiths and cultures to settle in Europe without any expectation of them integrating. In practice, European multiculturalism often fosters an animus against Western values and encourages newcomers in anti-Western behavior, rather than promoting the common values of nationhood."

COMMENT: Strangely, these seem to be the views of my favorite Leftist, Billy Blogblather; so perhaps he isn't as original as I gave him credit for. He too could be said to favor "an anti-Western ideology," and I have no doubt that he also favors the immigration of "different (namely non-Judeo-Christian) faiths and cultures" to settle in Europe or America "without any expectation of" their integrating."

Kern writes "In practice European multiculturalism often fosters an animus against Western values and encourages newcomers in anti-Western behavior, rather than promoting the common values of nationhood." I suspect Blogblather would say "hear, hear," to that.

Since Blogblather and the other Leftists who disguise themselves as "Liberals" do correspond closely to Kern's description of them, one might ask what else they resemble. My impression is that their beliefs resemble those of a suicide, or a group of lemmings bent on leaping from a cliff. The Principle-less Leftists, suicides and Lemmings are all bent on their own destruction, and only one of these three realizes it.

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