Did you know people quite like who they are? That when they alight in foreign locales this self-affinity isn’t mitigated? It’s one of the most comically naive misconceptions to think that immigrants go somewhere different to become something different. The truth is colonial Belgians didn’t tame the Congo to become plate-lipped bushmen. And current Congolese aren’t colonizing Brussels to become Europeans. People like who they are; and they like living where being themselves is most comfortable.
The point, made in these pages many times, is that immigrants don’t come here to make a better them; they come here to make a better there. There’s a vast universe in the distinction. Unfortunately, their there is no longer our here, no matter how many hours we labor to subsidize it. This being a fact illustrated plainly in the present German petri-dish.
A hundred Islamists are now openly enforcing Sharia law on the streets of Berlin, according to local police who are investigating a recent string of violent assaults in the German capital.
The self-appointed morality police involve Salafists from Chechnya, a predominantly Sunni Muslim region in Russia. The vigilantes are using threats of violence to discourage Chechen migrants from integrating into German society; they are also promoting the establishment of a parallel Islamic legal system in Germany. German authorities appear unable to stop them.
There will eventually be German integration, of that there’s little doubt. The more salient question for Germans is who exactly will be compelled to integrate with whom. If Germans refuse to make a here out of their own home, they may be assured more virile tribes will take the opportunity to make it there. Englishmen didn’t integrate into the Apaches and Japanese didn’t integrate into the Ainu. It’s interesting how little contemporary praise the Ainu receive for their non-xenophobic tolerance. I think that has much to do with the fact that there’s little profit in praising the functionally extinct–and even less fear of their recriminations in not doing so. At least one German observer has grasped this migrant dynamic.
They have come to Germany because they wanted to live in Germany, but they keep trying to turn it into Chechnya with its medieval ways. This inability and reluctance to integrate is extremely frustrating and typical of all migrants, not just Chechens.
More importantly, “Integration” is a term of solace. Even if Chechens drained steins of beer in their lederhosen, they would not be Germans. Just as I am not Chinese by devouring labrador under a sedge hat in Peking. What should dispossessed Germans care if a replacement population adopts their customs and costumes? Is this an Egyptian pharaoh?
Fortunately none of these questions will require answers, as the migrant populations much prefer being themselves than pretending to be German. The Chechens want Chechnya–with subsidized living standards. That’s what Germany provides: a cultural deficit with a financial surplus. And so long as you have a sufficient cohort of productive and conformist taxpayers, everyone benefits. Except the Germans.
But maybe there’s a compromise in all of this: sharia squads in lederhosen. Now that’s integration. And that’s how you make someone else’s here into your there.