A forest can only feed so many people…
You deserved it, these lower wages!
There are many arguments to reduce and limit migration. One of these arguments is that migrants will lead to lower wages. Due to some disbelief, people don’t recognize this is happening. A common theme is ”If you lose your job to an unskilled immigrant that doesn’t speak the language, that is your issue, not theirs”. That is saying that if your job can easily be replaced by a migrant, you deserve to lose your job. But that seems a bit harsh and is mostly just used to insult people in internet arguments.
Most of the time, people confess a belief that migrants are a great benefit to the economy. That there is no downside, as migrants create as many jobs as they take up. Maybe even more! Therefore, so they say, we should really welcome this boost to our economy. Especially since the West is aging and in lack of a new generation.
We should ask ourselves the very fair question – are there really no consequences for the working classes?
There is an ongoing debate between the left and the right; are migrants good for a country or not? Some say yes they are great, and we should have as many migrants as we can. The others say no, migrants are trouble. The problem is that there are various groups of migrants. The debate cannot be limited to one overarching group, it must be broken down into more detail.
Perhaps there are multiple truths in what people believe. Let’s review some different types of migrants, and their traits. Because how can we ever have a more in-depth discussion on the migration issue, if we cannot tell one migrant apart from another?
The Culture War
The Culture War
We are often inclined to think that the problems we face today, are very modern problems. We believe that within the last decade, something rapidly started to change. Perhaps that is true, perhaps things really did start to accelerate recently. Yet, many problems are not that new. They have been rising for years. The culture war is not a new invention.
Almost two decades ago, the then president of the National Rifle Association in the United States, Charles Heston gave a speech. His speech is about the culture war that the United States was facing. A war that has since spread across the European continent.
What is fascinating is that this speech is two decades old, yet appears so relevant even today. Perhaps even more so. We have included the entire speech below, with comments added by us in between the quotes. If you’d rather listen to the speech, you can find it on YouTube here.
The first paragraphs quoted make up the introduction. Feel free to skip this part as it becomes far more interesting later on. The text below contains the entire speech in the quoted areas. All text outside of the quotes areas has been added by us.
Painting of elephants running towards the viewer
Population Growth in Africa
We talk about migration issues from Syria and the Middle-East. We talk about the possibility of Turkey joining the European Union, opening the doors of Europe to millions of Turks. Nevertheless, the real migration will originate in Africa. It is the continent that has maintained high birth-rates, despite predictions that they will become lower.
How many people live in Africa today? Not even 1.3 billion. And by 2050? Well, 1.3 billion more. A total of 2.6 billion people would live in Africa. Although population growth in Europe is purely due to immigration, Africa’s population will double thanks to its high fertility rates. What will the consequences be?
Murder in the House, by Jakub Schikaneder
The Suffering of the Victims
Every day people are killed. Shot, stabbed, or beaten to death. Sometimes one, or several people, kill a large group of seemingly random people. These are horrible events. All of them result in people whose lives are untimely brought to an end. The victims died for being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
People consider events like this to be extra horrific for three reasons. The severity of the body-count; the apparent randomness; and the fact that it is purely due to the evil deeds of another person. This makes it different from a regular murder, or a plane crash. The only thing required to prevent such needless slaughter is for the perpetrator to come to his senses before committing the deed.
Mass killings such as this, can be more or less divided into two categories. There are the mentally deranged and there are the terrorists.
Forest Landscape, by David Vickboons (1633)
The Global Warming Media Focus
Recent decades have seen a revival in the debate on climate change. The debate is highly salient and is frequently discussed on the news or on conferences attended by world leaders. It is a debate that centres around our emission of greenhouse gasses and its impact on global temperature. In line with the usual conclusion that these emissions do indeed influence the earth’s temperature, measures are taken to reduce our CO2 production, or at least these plans are drafted.
There’s talk about how bad cars are, or how bad it is that we eat beef, since cows produce methane. The story culminates in the idea that if we do not prevent climate change, we are heading for extinction.
But, will all that focus on global warming and CO2, other topics, which have received way more attention in the past but were never actually solved, are no longer getting the screen time and exposure they should.
Freedom for Tibet
Population replacement. A term mostly heard in fringe right-wing groups, closely linked to the racists and white supremacists of the world. At least, that is when it comes to Europe. In China the situation is easier to observe – the population of Tibet really is being replaced.