It often seems that the opposing poles of the political spectrum don’t even speak the same language. Virtue and vice are defined not by actions, but actors. Words mean just what the speaker wants them to mean–and certainly nothing more. And principles never succumb to stasis in mortality, but remain forever living and limber. How then do we even fulminate productively with our good-faith fellows of the left? Frankly I see no alternative but to establish working models from which future dialogue may be premised.
You will find this presentation simplistic initially. Though be assured my ambition here is such that the leftist palette of pejoratives may even be expanded beyond two words. And while this prospect is heady enough, we’ll soon learn how difficult it is to navigate modernity’s philosophical briar patch. First fundamentals according to the Left…
Those were all rather obvious, though an agreed upon foundation is necessary. The principle being that what something is is a strict function of where something is. Thus something in a doghouse is a dog. And a person floating in the Tiber is a European fish. This definition provides concise clarity from which further dialogue may proceed. So with this in mind, I want to highlight a recent article in the Irish Examiner: Europeans will die out without migration.
Europeans will become extinct if anti-migration policies are pursued, a comprehensive study of the realities points out.
A detailed analysis of eight popular assumptions about migration shows that they have no basis in fact and that the opposite is frequently the truth.
Europe’s share of the world’s population has halved to just 7% since the mid-1950s, and the pace is likely to be even faster over the next few decades, leaving the continent without a say globally.
The number of babies born is exceeded by the number of deaths, and any growth last year in the EU was accounted for by migrants.
In just 15 years, half of Europeans will be over the age of 65 years and the numbers under 45 will drop by a quarter.
This means that countries will not be able to afford their health and pension systems unless there is an influx of new workers, according to the report published by the migration policy centre in the European University in Florence.
For Ireland, which has the highest birth rate in the EU, its workforce will be reduced by 10% over the next 10 years without the arrival of migrants.
The worst-affected countries would be Spain and Italy, whose workforce would be reduced by 30%, leaving Italy in particular with one of the oldest populations in the EU in a dire situation.
The evidence shows that migrants do not deprive local people of jobs, as they migrate to where there is work, and leave when it dries up.
“Migrants are not stupid. The research shows that they go to a country because there is work available,” said Philippe Fargues, director of the Migration Policy Centre.
A graph showed that the highest level of migration in the EU was in 2007/2008 when unemployment was at its lowest, and it has dropped since, in line with growing joblessness.
Claims that migrants undermine a country’s welfare system are also wrong as they tend to be young, healthy and hardworking and contribute more than they take from the system. In Ireland they break even.
Migrants appear to improve a country’s capacity to innovate, according to the study, as the greater the number of migrants in a country, the more patents for new products it tends to produce. In education, the performance of children of migrants depends on the resources they are provided with, the study finds.
In Ireland, Portugal and Britain, children from mixed-race couples perform much better than natives or migrant children.
Presenting the study, Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said that migration will define how Europe will evolve in the coming years.
“We have to set our policies based on facts and evidence, not on impressions and myths.
“Countering stereotypes on migration and recognising the contribution migrants bring to our societies demands strong political leadership.
“We have to act to counter xenophobic and racist influences on political agendas in EU countries. Europe cannot afford to ignore the benefits of immigration and to undermine Europe’s recovery from the crisis”.
Their work also debunks the idea that Europe does not need low-skilled migrant workers and should concentrate on highly skilled employees.
The study found that the needs differ in different countries.
Sobering. Europeans are people that live in Europe. That is the definition. And while we are right to fear the expiration of our-people-who-live-in-Europe, we may be somewhat assuaged by the prospects of multi-billion other human beings who can migrate here to prevent us from going extinct. Because what we fear most is there being a certain spot of dirt without some indistinguishable human feet standing upon it. If we were to perish, it would mean nothing provided dirty feet remain. As an example, if our people decamped to Mars we wouldn’t be Europeans anymore, but rather Martians. And our return would herald terror and hysteria.
Now to pause this bullshit for a moment to marvel at the fact that the above article actually passed some threshold of editorial review for dissemination to theoretically sentient adults. We’re going to die out unless we get replaced quickly! For the love of God, the Left doesn’t even anymore attempt an appeal to the faculties of man. It’s just dadaesque gibberish under a lacquer of statistical props and maladaptive moralizing. I don’t know how dumb or mentally disheveled one must be to pen such gobbledygook, though I suppose you’ve got to make a living with what you bring yourself to sell.
Though there’s another angle to this left-wing concern for our posterity I found interesting. DNA study clarifies relationship between polar bears and brown bears. Therein we find that nature has not fully accommodated itself to leftist doctrine. Interestingly, geneticists have discovered that brown bears on ice are not polar bears.
At the end of the last ice age, a population of polar bears was stranded by the receding ice on a few islands in southeastern Alaska. Male brown bears swam across to the islands from the Alaskan mainland and mated with female polar bears, eventually transforming the polar bear population into brown bears.
Evidence for this surprising scenario emerged from a new genetic study of polar bears and brown bears led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz. The findings, published March 14 in PLOS Genetics, upend prevailing ideas about the evolutionary history of the two species, which are closely related and known to produce fertile hybrids.
Previous studies suggested that past hybridization had resulted in all polar bears having genes that came from brown bears. But the new study indicates that episodes of gene flow between the two species occurred only in isolated populations and did not affect the larger polar bear population, which remains free of brown bear genes.
At the center of the confusion is a population of brown bears that live on Alaska’s Admiralty, Baranof, and Chicagof Islands, known as the ABC Islands. These bears–clearly brown bears in appearance and behavior–have striking genetic similarities to polar bears.
“This population of brown bears stood out as being really weird genetically, and there’s been a long controversy about their relationship to polar bears. We can now explain it, and instead of the convoluted history some have proposed, it’s a very simple story,” said coauthor Beth Shapiro, associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz.
Shapiro’s team found that polar bears are a remarkably homogeneous species with no evidence of brown bear ancestry, whereas the ABC Islands brown bears show clear evidence of polar bear ancestry.
“…the best supported was the scenario in which male brown bears wandered onto the islands and gradually transformed the population from polar bears into brown bears,” said first author James Cahill, a graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology at UC Santa Cruz.
“The combination of genetics and the known behavior of brown and polar bears hybridizing in the wild today tells us how the ABC Islands bears came to be: they are the descendants of many male brown bear immigrants and some female polar bears from long ago,” Stirling said.
“As the ice melts in the Arctic, what is going to happen to the polar bears? In the ABC Islands, the polar bears are gone. They’re brown bears now
Here we learn that polar bears are genetically homogenous. They are scientifically acknowledged to differ from brown bears in both appearance and behavior. And where exposed to migration from brown bears, they simply vanish. The polar bears are gone. They’re brown bears now. Interestingly, and contra the Irish Examiner, immigration did not prevent the extinction of Polar Bears on Alaska’s ABC Island…it directly caused it.
And so what lesson should the polar people take from this? The answer, of course, is absolutely none you bigots.