December 30, 2004
In Europe, if
not in the United States, some people are beginning
to grasp that just maybe they made a mistake when they
decided to welcome millions of immigrants over the last
The most recent European to
get it is former West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt,
who has been making noises about the damage he and his
colleagues have inflicted on their own societies.
Interviewed in a Hamburg newspaper last month, Mr.
Schmidt confessed, "The concept of multiculturalism
is difficult to make fit
with a democratic society" and that importing thousands
of Turkish "gastarbeiter," or foreign
guest workers, into Germany over the last several decades
was a bit of a boo-boo.
As the London Daily Telegraph reported the story,
Mr. Schmidt, Social Democratic chancellor of West Germany
from 1974 to 1982,
"…said that the problems
resulting from the influx of mostly Turkish Gastarbeiter,
or guest workers, had been neglected in Germany and the
rest of Europe. They could be overcome only by authoritarian
governments, he added, naming Singapore
as an example." [Turkish
workers a mistake, claims Schmidt, by Hannah
Cleaver, November 25, 2004]
He's hardly the first to see this, although admittedly,
at the age of 85, he's just a wee bit behind the curve.
As long ago as 1990, I wrote, in an article in Chronicles
"The late Roman Empire,
the Byzantine Empire,
the Ottoman Empire,
and the dominions of the Habsburgs and the
Romanoffs, among others, all presided over a kind of
rainbow coalition of nations and peoples, who for the
most part managed to live happily because their secret
compulsions to spill each other's blood was restrained
by the overwhelming power of the despots and dynasties
who ruled them.
"Political freedom relies
on a shared political culture as much as on the oppositions
and balances that social differentiation creates, and
when the common culture disintegrates under the impact
of mass migrations, only institutionalized force can
hold the regime together." [July, 1990, PDF]
That's a bit of a mouthful, but I gather it's what
Mr. Schmidt was driving at. To have freedom on a stable
political basis, you have to have a homogeneous culture
and society, composed of people who share the same values
If they don't share them, you can hold them together
only by force.
That lesson is becoming clear in Europe, where the
murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh last month
by an Islamic fanatic
shows what happens when you destroy homogeneity by importing
fragments of alien and hostile cultures.
Much the same lesson ought to be clear in this country,
not only from the 9/11 atrocities
themselves but from the recent
slaughter of six white deer hunters
in Wisconsin by a disgruntled Asian
"Society cannot exist," wrote the great eighteenth
century conservative Edmund
Burke, "unless a controlling power upon will
and appetite be placed somewhere, and the less of it
there is within, the more of it there must be without."
Restraints come from within when a population shares
cultural and moral values; when they don't, external
force has to provide the restraints.
Only a week or so after the murder of Mr. Van Gogh
in Holland, the neighboring country of Belgium outlawed its main
opposition party, the Vlaamsblok, for being a "racist
The Vlaamsblok, which two opinion polls found was the
most popular political party in Flanders the month before,
was notable mainly for
its strong opposition to immigration. That's what
made it "racist" and that's why it had to go.
This month Great Britain simply arrested two of its
of immigration, Nick Griffin
of the British National Party and the party's founder
John Tyndall, on charges of "inciting racial hatred."
Each, it seems, had made (in private meetings secretly
taped by undercover informants) derogatory (or perhaps
merely critical) remarks about Islam.
The arrests are transparent efforts by the British
overclass to muzzle rising political challengers, but
they're also part of the drift
toward authoritarianism that mass immigration provokes.
We see the drift in this country, with the Patriot
Act and its spawn at airports and
searches of law-abiding citizens—all because our
own overclass will not enforce
standing laws against illegal immigration and does
nothing to halt the
transformation of American society by millions of
Unwilling to control immigration and the cultural disintegration
it causes, the authorities instead control the law-abiding.
This is precisely the bizarre system of misrule I have
elsewhere described as "anarcho-tyranny"—we
refuse to control real criminals
(that's the anarchy) so we control the innocent
(that's the tyranny).
What is now becoming obvious in Europe, even to decrepit
socialists like Helmut Schmidt, ought to be no less
obvious to our own decrepit rulers here.
It's already obvious to those they rule.
All they need is a leader with the guts and brains
to say it out loud.
Sam Francis [email him]
is a nationally syndicated columnist. A selection of
his columns, America
Extinguished: Mass Immigration And The Disintegration
Of American Culture, is
now available from Americans
For Immigration Control. Click here for Sam Francis' website.
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Immigration, Race, and the American Political Future.