A major theme of the European right, exemplified by Geert Wilders, is that Islam does not mesh with European values—that it promotes political despotism based on fear, the subjugation of women, and a fatalistic world view that is inimical to economic progress. (Wilders’ essay on Islam is well worth reading. I was particularly struck by his description of the arrival of the Egyptian President Mubarak at Sharm-el-Sheikh in 1982: “I remember the fear which suddenly engulfed the town when it was announced that Mubarak was coming on an unexpected visit; I can still see the cavalcade of black cars on the day of his visit and feel the almost physical awareness of fear, like a cold chill on that very hot day in Summer.” Political despotism indeed.)
I thought of that when reading Victor Davis Hansen’s National Review article “Two Californias.” He describes a rural California that exists in a parallel universe to the coastal cities—indeed to all of White America. Decades of immigration and White dispossession have resulted in a Mexican sub-culture that has simply transplanted itself from Mexico to California. Spanish is the first language, and the schools (among the worst in the state) are almost completely Mexican. The small White farmers have been displaced by mechanized agriculture and the White working class has seen their manufacturing jobs shipped overseas.
Aided by generous welfare benefits, these immigrants have many of the gadgets of the middle class. But there the similarity ends. It’s a culture that is completely unregulated–garbage strewn everywhere, animals roaming around without fencing, and no construction or business codes, and no tax collection. White California is ruled by an elitist culture of the well-heeled left in political alliance with non-Whites; it loves regulating business in the name of moral virtue (like the recent deluge of anti-global warming laws). Meanwhile, the areas inhabited by their Mexican clients are completely unregulated.
In short, the Third World has simply transferred itself to California. (Coming soon, if not already arrived, to a state near you.)
Hansen bends over backwards to avoid any racial implications. No talk of their low IQ or why the schools are so bad; nor is there a mention of their high fertility. (Heather MacDonald notes their fertility is twice the White fertility, and their teenage fertility is by far the highest of any ethnic or racial group; rates of births out of wedlock are second only to African-Americans). But it’s pretty clear he has a low opinion of his new neighbors:
I don’t editorialize here on the logic or morality of any of this, but I note only that there are vast numbers of people who apparently are not working, are on public food assistance, and enjoy the technological veneer of the middle class. … The federal and state governments are either the main employers or at least the chief sources of income — whether through emergency rooms, rural health clinics, public schools, or social-service offices.
These are the people that the LA Times and the rest of the liberal media say would vote Republican if only the Republicans would support the DREAM act and comprehensive immigration reform. With Republicans like these ….
This parasitic lifestyle is mainly courtesy of the state of California (which now has a $26 billion [that’s $26,000,000,000!] budget hole). So the productive White people are leaving and the heavily subsidized Mexicans continue to come in droves. The result is a “social, cultural, economic, and political time-bomb, whose ticks are getting louder.”
In both America and Europe parallel societies have been created–completely outside the White mainstream and indifferent (Mexifornians) or hostile (European Muslims) to the White culture that so generously subsidizes their Third World lifestyle. The time bomb is ticking.
It remains to be seen whether Whites will wake up and begin the Reconquista. But in any case, Hansen is pointing to an ecologically unsustainable situation: The Third World economy being created simply cannot sustain a First World culture. California with its $26 billion budget deficit will find that out soon enough.