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November 26, 2006

Europe's Future? Naziism or Death

At least Europe as we know it.

A harrowing argument between Steyn and Ralph Peters linked at Hot Air. Peters dismisses the powerful demographic evidence that Europeans, as a people and culture, are more or less doomed, noting they always have that Final Solution ace up their sleeve.

Peters will be widely (and deliberately) misinterpreted as endorsing such a strategem. He doesn't, he's pretty clear that this is an awful habit of the Europeans. Still, I think he's wrong and Steyn is right: as Steyn observed, fascism of any stripe requires a lot of young men of fighting age willing to carry out such a scheme and impose it on an obviously unwilling minority population.

The Europeans just won't have the young men in twenty years, or even ten. Sure, they'll still nominally be the majority population, but most of their population will be quite old, and in no shape to don the jackboots and stormtrooper skulls.

Powerline, where Steyn responds by comment, also has this glimpse into the European mindset:

Bishop Kate gave an interview to the New York Times revealing what passes for orthodoxy in this most flexible of faiths. She was asked a simple enough question: "How many members of the Episcopal Church are there?"

"About 2.2 million," replied the presiding bishop. "It used to be larger percentage-wise, but Episcopalians tend to be better educated and tend to reproduce at lower rates than other denominations."

This was a bit of a jaw-dropper even for a New York Times hackette, so, with vague memories of God saying something about going forth and multiplying floating around the back of her head, a bewildered Deborah Solomon said: "Episcopalians aren't interested in replenishing their ranks by having children?"

"No," agreed Bishop Kate. "It's probably the opposite. We encourage people to pay attention to the stewardship of the earth and not use more than their portion."

Powerline makes the obvious point:

Is that a death wish, or what? As Steyn points out, "Here's the question for Bishop Kate: If Fatma An-Najar has 41 grandchildren and a responsible 'better educated' Episcopalian has one or two, into whose hands are we delivering 'the stewardship of the earth'? If your crowd isn't around in any numbers, how much influence can they have in shaping the future?"

The Irony-Rich Israeli Solution? Israel has a similar demographic problem -- they can't allow Palestinians the right of return, nor make all Palestinians in the Palestinian territories Israeli citizens, or else they'll simply be giving the country to the PA. They'd be outvoted in three seconds. (And then killed.)

Will the Europeans begin retreating from large parts of Europe to create majority-European populations in a few bastions, basically partitioning Europe internally to at least keep control of Little Europe? Creating whole new independent European statelettes?

With walls and checkpoints and such?

In thirty years we may get to see Israel criticizing Europe for its racist policies and fascist wall-building.


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