Maybe we should stop blaming Syrian migrants for what we did to ourselves

May 16, 2017 by

by Jonathon Van Maren, LifeSite:

Across the right-wing Twittersphere and on alt-right and even a few traditionalist blogs, one phrase has become common: White Genocide. The meaning is simple, although less dramatic than the name would seem to indicate. The claim is that the governments of Western nations are deliberately moving millions of non-white immigrants into their countries, and that policies of multiculturalism force white people to the fringe, ensuring that they will eventually acquire minority status in countries they once dominated.

Like so much of grievance politics, the #whitegenocide crowd misses something essential: the upcoming minority status of white Westerners in some Western countries has nothing to do with a conspiracy, unless we’re going to revisit the history of the Sexual Revolution. If European culture is dying, it is dying by suicide, not crumbling in the face of an immigrant invasion.

Just look, for example, at birthrates across the West. With the possible exception of the United States, white Westerners are not replacing their populations. Italy is now attempting to insert information on having children into sex education courses. In 2015, the average age of inhabitants in the United Kingdom passed the age of forty. For the first time since Confederation in 1867, there are more seniors than children in Canada. In Germany, over 30% of women are childless. From Scandinavia to the Lowlands, from the Spanish coast to the Caucuses, birthrates are plunging—and white Europeans are abandoning the future of their culture by voluntarily deciding to discontinue it.

The problem goes all the way to the top: Europe’s most important leaders are all childless. As Giulio Meotti put it, “Being a mother or a father…means that you have a very real stake in the future of the country you lead. Europe’s most important leaders leave no children behind.” Included in the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the new French leader Emmanuel Macron, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. One stark statistic highlights how successful the Sexual Revolution’s introduction of contraception and abortion really were: A quarter of European women who were born in the 1970s are childless.

As the result of a nearly collective European refusal to reproduce, huge numbers of immigrants from other places around the world have entered to ostensibly make up the missing labor force. It is important to remember that the Syrian migrant crisis was not the catalyst for this discussion: Mark Steyn highlighted skyrocketing rates of Islamic immigration in his book America Alone over a decade ago, and pointed out that Islamic terrorists who wished to conquer Europe only needed to wait for demographics to do the job for them—why blow up buildings owned by people who had no children to leave them to, in the first place?

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