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The Lamps Are Dimming Down All Over Europe…

08 May 2012 @ 10:40

…we shall not see them brightly lit again in our lifetime.

The people of Europe seem determined to commit collective suicide.

This, of course, is not surprising to anyone that has spent any decent amount of time keeping an eye on what has been happening over there since the end of World War II and, most especially, since the fall of the Iron Curtain.

Unlike the vast majority of cases where one intentionally brings one’s own life to an end by one method, the Europeans have decided, it seems, to play it safe and use several.

Two examples:

-Mark Steyn has written extensively on the incredibly lax immigration policies that have allowed millions of Muslims to move unhindered into most of the nations of the continent, knowing full-well that such people are commanded by their holy book not to assimilate and, in fact, are instructed to destroy all non-Islamic peoples. Once these Mohammedins have settled in they have been treated as a special class of people, allowed to get away with actions that no non-Muslim could ever dream being allowed to.

-The peoples of most of the nations of Europe made a conscious decision to allow themselves and their descendants to become wholly dependent on the state, to freely give-up their freedoms and liberties in exchange for a cradle-to-grave security that they would never have to think about.

All of the attributes that made Western Civilization the greatest culture the world had ever seen have been tossed aside in favor of pie-in-the-sky ideas born of ideology — in other words, born of ideas not rooted and not tested in the Real World, in Reality.

They have rejected tradition and custom — all of the lessons of centuries of hard-won wisdom — and opted to live in a fantasy world, where all one’s wishes and whims come true [MAGIC!]. Could This Be One Explanation?

Sadly, for them, Reality cannot be avoided forever. It always demands to be listened to.

The smarter ones gain wisdom quickly, but, for the others, the wisdom only comes after much death and misery — that is, if they live long enough.

The recent events in France and Greece are indicating that there aren’t many smarter ones left in Europe.

David Pryce-Jones sums up the situation nicely and, is therefore, worth quoting in full:

A few years ago a well-known historian told me that the European Union was a noble undertaking. I replied that surely he had lived long enough to know the dreadful ends to which noble enterprises have come within living memory. Yet he and those who think like him refuse to accept this reality. No matter what the cost, the determination of such people is what keeps the EU going. This is very like the determination that was all that kept the Soviet Union going in the dim and pointless era of Brezhnev when everyone could see that Communism was a busted flush.

The elections in France and Greece have thrown up Trotskyite and neo-Nazi parties. Such extremes pretend to be noble enterprises but are expressions of pure will, disconnected from reality, from anything that people actually want. Even François Hollande’s socialism is an act of pure will. His remedies of taxing and spending by centralized government have been proved time and again not to work. The European crisis, in other words, is opening the way to totalitarians who by definition cannot correct their mistakes and so must make the crisis worse. It’s the 1930s all over again, but fortunately for the time being without a Hitler on the horizon.

Ah, but there is Putin and there is plenty of time for someone [or -ones] to emerge.

The only question seems to me to be: Will these new Totalitarians be of European stock or of Mohammedin origin? Perhaps, both, as I fear my predicition of a few years ago will become true. I stated back that converting to Islam would become the ‘in’ thing to do amongst The Elites, that it would become chic. Also, fear would play a large part in this phenomenon. Perhaps, as a reaction to the boldness of the European Muslim leaders who emerge, Nationalist Totalitarians of white stock will gain enough acceptance to be able to form a serious movement that could sweep parliaments.

Whatever happens, the situation is bleak and there will be much misery and death inflicted.

Arthur Herman, a thinker and historian I greatly respect, is more optimistic than I, and is worth quoting in full, as well [tip of the fedora to Ed Driscoll]:

Europe is dying, right along with socialism and Obama-ism. The election results yesterday prove that Europe’s voters don’t know they’re committing suicide — or don’t care. The only pertinent question is what will take Europe’s place once its political union, and its worthless currency, both wind up on the ash heap of history.

Three times in the last century America had to step in to save Europe from itself — in World War One, World War Two, and the Cold War. Now we’ll have to do it again, as Europeans stumble dazed and broke from the rubble created by their EU bureaucrats, politicians, and unions. But this time it won’t be American soldiers, or arms, or even a nuclear umbrella that comes to Europe’s rescue. It’ll be American ideas and policies based on free markets, economic growth, and individual freedom.

In one sense, Europeans have no place left to go. They tried fascism and Communism; those proved deadly flops. That left state socialism’s “mixed economy.” The European Union was created in 1992 at the end of the Cold War — a victory, we note, of America’s making, not Europe’s — as a monument to socialism’s ideal of large centralized planned economies and societies. It’s the same ideal Obama and his liberal friends have worshiped for a generation — with only slightly less disastrous results here.

But in spite of Obama’s mountain of debt, reckless government spending, and punitive regulation, America is coming back. We’re the last major capitalist, pro-growth economy on earth, with an energy sector built on shale oil and gas, a reviving advanced manufacturing base, and a wireless and high-tech innovation industry second to none. All it will take is a pro-business president to turn the 21st century into the next American century — and to show how free markets and the private sector can turn around even the most shattered economies.

Post-Katrina New Orleans is becoming a burgeoning high-tech Bayou Valley; gas fracking rigs spring up from the desolate Rust Belt landscape of central Pennsylvania. This will be the new model for a post-EU Europe.

Who knows. Maybe at the end of all this, Europeans will discover their own culture buried under two centuries of socialist and Marxist garbage: the Europe of Adam Smith and Tocqueville, of von Mises and Hayek, of Aristotle and Aquinas. Maybe they’ll realize their birthright as the original home of liberty and freedom, at long last.

I wish I could possess his hope, but I cannot, chiefly because I believe the American Soul is ill, infected with the cancer known as Leftist Thinking. How can such a people muster the will to aide Europe if we ourselves are slowly dying of the same hideous disease that has decimated the European Mind? How can we promote x if we, ourselves do not undergo a new birth of freedom? We Americans definitely have a chance to rid ourselves of the Leftist Cancer, but it will take a huge effort, one that will necessitate that we expend all of our energies getting our own house in order first. We can allow ourselves to be distracted by the plight of the fool Westerners in Europe. We Americans are the only occupants of The Camp Of The Saints And The Beloved City.

No, I will not and cannot share in Mr. Herman’s optimism.

The only question that really remains is: When will those lamps be extinguished?

SIDENOTE: Do take the time to check out Stacy McCain’s two postings on the situations in France and Greece, here and here. In the latter, he does a damn fine job of debunking the American Leftist Hysteria over ‘Far Right’ gains in Europe.

5 Comments
  1. Sean West Sculley permalink
    08 May 2012 @ 11:02 11:02

    An excellent and thoughtful rumination on what’s left of Eurabia.
    Many thanks

  2. Adobe_Walls permalink
    08 May 2012 @ 13:57 13:57

    The difference between the so-called “neonazi” and the other “fringe” groups in Europe is the difference between Marxism (international socialists) and national socialists. European Unionism is merely another form of international socialism albeit eschewing revolutionary means. No matter the flavor of Socialism all varieties lead to totalitarian ends this of course includes Progressivism. All “left of center” or for that matter centrist political or economic systems are merely different points on the arc leading into serfdom and darkness.

    • thecampofthesaints permalink
      08 May 2012 @ 14:02 14:02

      Well put, per usual, Adobe.

  3. M. Thompson permalink
    08 May 2012 @ 20:26 20:26

    Respect for the ideal of law is a root of conservative politics in this nation. Without that ideal, we cannot stand together.

    Those who demand violence in the streets, weather brown, red, green, or any other ideology ignore the experiment we have made in popular republicanism, running since 1620.

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