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Post Neon Knight on Thu 22 Jun - 22:48

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Strange-Death-Europe-Immigration-Identity/dp/1472942248

'The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society. This book is not only an analysis of demographic and political realities, but also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode. It includes reporting from across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who appear to welcome them in to the places which cannot accept them.

Told from this first-hand perspective, and backed with impressive research and evidence, the book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel s U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, Lampedusa and Greece to uncover the malaise at the very heart of the European culture, and to hear the stories of those who have arrived in Europe from far away. In each chapter he also takes a step back to look at the bigger issues which lie behind a continent s death-wish, answering the question of why anyone, let alone an entire civilisation, would do this to themselves? He ends with two visions of Europe one hopeful, one pessimistic which paint a picture of Europe in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next.'


A related article:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/debate/article-4524218/Book-claims-elites-UK-encouraging-mass-immigration.html

‘Europe is committing suicide,’ Murray writes. ‘Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide... As a result, by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home.’

The causes, he thinks, are twofold. First, our political leaders have knowingly colluded in the ‘mass movement of peoples into Europe’, filling ‘cold and rainy northern towns’ with ‘people dressed for the foothills of Pakistan or the sandstorms of Arabia’. Second, he believes Europe’s intellectual and cultural elites, including those in Britain, have ‘lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy’. Crippled with guilt, obsessed with atoning for the sins of empire, they have lost sight of the historic Christian values that their people expect them to defend.

. . . As much as the BBC and other news organisations like to pretend that Britain has always been a beacon of diversity, the plain fact is that until the mid-20th century the massive, overwhelming majority of the people who lived here had been born here. Look at photo after photo from late Victorian London and the uniformly pale faces stare back at you. The arrival of the French Huguenots in the 1680s, often cited by apostles of diversity, involved about 50,000 people, all of whom were white and Christian. And although the Irish migrants who arrived in the 19th century faced more than their fair share of prejudice, our islands’ interlinked histories meant they were far from complete outsiders.

Liberal-minded types often find this embarrassing. Either they try to rewrite our history, relentlessly playing up the presence of tiny minorities of Africans and Asians, or they peddle a caricature of pre-Fifties Britain as a grey, boring place, which desperately needed an injection of immigrant colour.

This is not just a British hang-up. As Murray writes, European liberals love to paint their own societies as ‘slightly boring or staid places’. They write as if ‘there is a hole at the heart of Europe which needs filling and without which we would otherwise be poorer’.


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Post Impasible on Fri 23 Jun - 2:39

politica leaders, cultural and intellectual elites...  I think there's something more and above those groups, a system of beliefs and behaviours that acts like religion in medieval times, the one that goes against this system is immediately marked and vilified as a sinner and his life and reputation can be ruined easily.

Look at political leaders and intellectuals that speak against the commandments of this religion, like multiculturalism or massive immigration, they are portrayed as undesirable people and marked with the worst social labels as fascist, racist, nazi... etc. they are ostracized from society and the ones who listen to them are in danger of  being marked and vilified too.

The system is the cultural marxism, or political correctness or how you want to call it.
How this system has reached so much social power and hegemony in society could be the subject for an interesting book.
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Post Neon Knight on Fri 23 Jun - 21:47

You are right. Maybe it is a new religion partly taking the place of Christianity which has retreated. It is a new morality which is easier than the old morality - no need to be faithful and honourable, just accuse other people of racism and show how 'inclusive' you are. Virtue signalling.

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Post de Burgh on Fri 23 Jun - 22:39

This may be off-topic a bit, but an interesting ecological theory I came across seems to explain the rationale behind some immigrants that may partially explain the predicament of Europe. That is called the r/K selection theory:
In ecology, r/K selection theory relates to the selection of combinations of traits in an organism that trade off between quantity and quality of offspring. The focus upon either increased quantity of offspring at the expense of individual parental investment of r-strategists, or reduced quantity of offspring with a corresponding increased parental investment of K-strategists, varies widely, seemingly to promote success in particular environments.[...]

r-selection
As the name implies, r-selected species are those that emphasize high growth rates, typically exploit less-crowded ecological niches, and produce many offspring, each of which has a relatively low probability of surviving to adulthood (i.e., high r, low K).[8] A typical r species is the dandelion Taraxacum genus.

In unstable or unpredictable environments, r-selection predominates due to the ability to reproduce quickly. There is little advantage in adaptations that permit successful competition with other organisms, because the environment is likely to change again. Among the traits that are thought to characterize r-selection are high fecundity, small body size, early maturity onset, short generation time, and the ability to disperse offspring widely.

Organisms whose life history is subject to r-selection are often referred to as r-strategists or r-selected. Organisms that exhibit r-selected traits can range from bacteria and diatoms, to insects and grasses, to various semelparous cephalopods and small mammals, particularly rodents. [...]

K-selection
By contrast, K-selected species display traits associated with living at densities close to carrying capacity and typically are strong competitors in such crowded niches that invest more heavily in fewer offspring, each of which has a relatively high probability of surviving to adulthood (i.e., low r, high K). In scientific literature, r-selected species are occasionally referred to as "opportunistic" whereas K-selected species are described as "equilibrium".[8]

In stable or predictable environments, K-selection predominates as the ability to compete successfully for limited resources is crucial and populations of K-selected organisms typically are very constant in number and close to the maximum that the environment can bear (unlike r-selected populations, where population sizes can change much more rapidly).

Traits that are thought to be characteristic of K-selection include large body size, long life expectancy, and the production of fewer offspring, which often require extensive parental care until they mature. Organisms whose life history is subject to K-selection are often referred to as K-strategists or K-selected.[9] Organisms with K-selected traits include large organisms such as elephants, humans and whales, but also smaller, long-lived organisms such as Arctic terns.[10] [...]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R/K_selection_theory

Basically, it is interesting to think about it when you come to realize there is some variation in human populations that can be classified as either a "r-strategist" or "K-strategist." That may be biologically ingrained in each population that sets innate temperaments and motives in each "ecological niche" (how each human population survives in each environment).

That brings me to my next point that Europeans are "K-strategists" in the sense that they exploit their environment with a lower birth rate, but compensate with more parental investment with their offspring(s) that leads to more stable environments. That may be reminiscent of the environment that Europeans evolved in thousands of years ago. Whereas other migrants/other peoples are "r-strategists" that favors a higher birth rate, but less emphasis on parental investment that may lead to emotional underdevelopment that may explain a tendency to impulsive-like behaviors such as criminality and other cognitively-limited behaviors.

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Post Neon Knight on Fri 23 Jun - 23:06

Yeah, interesting theory! I'll think about it. Not really off-topic - nicely related Smile 1

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