Why is Immigration Such a Threat? By James Reed

Mass immigration is an existential threat, to use a term the globalists are fond of using, to White people, as it undermines their socio-ethnic existence, by aiming to replace them, not merely ethno-racially, but their entire culture. The pro-immigration elites, when not proposing the benefits of this Great White Replacement, will come up with "justifications," that have long been exposed as lies.

Thus, mass immigration is inevitable as borders cannot be closed. Yet, when it suited the political class, borders were closed shut tight, even state borders. Covid showed how it can be done.

Another argument that comes from the social work Left is that the people flooding in are poor refugees, fleeing from political persecution, and clinging to life and limb. Yet the illegals seen coming into America, for example, through the open southern border, are not refugees as the UN defined them after World War II. These people take their high-tech phones and go to the West to get economic benefits. Very few have been shown to be true displaced persons.

As for declining birth rates, immigration is no answer here, as the birth-rates of migrants, while higher than locals, soon falls as well, as their women want to be part of the great consumerist party. At best, it puts off the inevitable by a few years. Likewise for the skilled labour shortage argument; the illegals are not skilled, and if they were, they would be doing fine in their own country.

The main reason for mass immigration is ideological: "The universalist vision: both post-war liberalism and leftism have developed a towering impatience with the autonomous politics of the nation state, and necessarily also with national borders. These are ideologies that make moral claims for all of humanity, with adherents who prefer to see themselves not so much as leaders of particular nations but as members of an international elite bent on solving global problems. Mass migration is merely one aspect of these elites' broader, longstanding preoccupation with the developing world, which is also expressed via massive foreign aid payments, hugely expensive state-funded philanthropic endeavours and even a general cultural (and moral) elevation of all that is poor, non-Western and not-us."

Immigration is a proven way to breakdown established national identities, and leave countries vulnerable to globalist control. An Anglo-Saxon nationalist Australia without woke, would be better defendable than what we have for a supposed country now.


"You might have noticed that mass migration to the West is a huge problem.

It is very bad for native Westerners, because it promises to transform our societies utterly, in permanent ways and not for the better. Curiously, it is also far from great for the centre-Left political establishment responsible for promoting mass migration, because it has inspired a vast wave of popular opposition and filled the sails of Right-leaning, migration restrictionist parties with new wind. Mass migration is also bad for taxpayers, for domestic security, for the welfare state, for many other aspects of the postwar liberal agenda and for our own future prospects. In short, mass migration is bad for almost everybody and everything.

There is a reason that nations have borders, and this is much the same reason that we have skin and that cells have membranes. You won't survive for very long if you can't control what enters you.

Despite the obvious fact that mass migration is bad, our rulers cling to migrationism like grim death. Given a choice between disincentivising asylees and intimidating, browbeating and harassing the millions of anti-migrationists among their own citizens, our governments generally choose the latter path, even though it is obviously the worse of the two.

Additionally unsettling is the fact that official justifications for mass migration often have a creepy, post hoc flavour about them. They sound much more like excuses dreamed up after the borders had already been opened, rather than any kind of reason mass migration must occur. When the migrationists really started to go crazy in 2015, for example, we were told that border security was simply impossible in the modern world and that infinity migrants were a force of nature we would have to deal with. That didn't sound right even at the time, and since the pandemic border closures we no longer hear the inevitability narrative very much, although – and this is very bizarre to type – there is some evidence that high political figures like Angela Merkel believed it at the time. It is well worth thinking about why that might have been the case.

Another excuse that doesn't make very much sense is what I'll call the refugee thesis. We're told that millions of poor people are forced to endure terrible conditions in the developing world and that it is our moral burden to improve their lot by granting them residence in our countries. That might convince a few teenage girls, but it cannot withstand scrutiny among the rest of us. To begin with, the population of global unfortunates is enormous; the millions of refugees we have already accepted, and the millions that our politicians hope to welcome in the coming years, represent but a vanishing minority – a rounding error – compared to the vast sea of human suffering. It is like trying to solve homelessness by demanding that those in the wealthiest neighbourhoods make their spare bedrooms available to the indigent. Even more telling, however, is that the push to welcome migrants comes precisely as conditions in the developing world have dramatically improved. When things were much worse, we sealed our borders against the Global South; now that they are much better, we hear all about how unacceptably inhumane it is to leave the migrants in their native lands.

Other post hoc arguments, especially those falling in the yay-multiculturalism category, are even less serious. That we need more diversity to 'spark innovation' (whatever that means) or that our local cuisines stand to benefit from the spices of the disadvantaged are excuses of such towering stupidity that you will lose brain cells thinking about them. As with the refugee narrative, nobody said crazy stuff like this until the migrants had already begun arriving on our shores. And there is another thing to notice about the multiculticult too. This is its blatant flippancy. The premise seems to be that migration is no big deal bro, but also too there are these cool exciting and totally random upsides, like improved local Ethiopian food offerings. It is the very definition of damning with faint praise.

From fake excuses, we progress to real causes. I am anxious to hear your theories, and perhaps I'll provide another post on this theme compiling the most interesting of them.

For myself, I see two interrelated and mutually supporting factors:

Demographic decline and labour shortages: I know I know, nobody likes this theory, but hear me out. It's hard to miss the coincidence between the post-baby-boom demographic decline of Western nations and their escalating distaste for border security. Countries like Germany face a difficult future of labour shortages and insolvent pension programmes, as each subsequent generation must support an ever larger number of retirees. Here politicians find themselves between a rock and another even harder rock. Older generations vote at very high rates, and proposals to abridge their pensions or raise the retirement age amount to political suicide, especially for establishment parties with fading constituencies made up primarily of olds. On the other hand, demanding that youngs sacrifice ever larger shares of their salaries to keep older generations healthy and hale is a very hard sell, particularly because these youngs must realise sooner or later that there aren't going to be any pension programmes at all when they retire. If only politicians could conjure into existence a vast pool of younger guest workers, who might redress labour shortages and fund pensions without having much recourse at the ballot box, everything would be happy and solvent again.

I submit that it's not that crazy on the face of it. To begin with, the migrationists themselves often talk about these very things. You can turn on the television at any moment and hear a captain of industry railing against the AfD for the threat they pose to the labour market. What is more, there is some precedent. Many Western countries experimented with mass migration for the first time during postwar economic expansion, precisely to redress labour shortages. Germany welcomed guest workers first from Italy and then from Turkey to sustain its economic miracle, and this thinking is still very much alive in some quarters.

This cannot, however, be a Total Theory of Mass Migration. Far from contributing to the welfare state, our new guests burden it disproportionately, largely because they do not find work at anything like the same rates as natives, and also because when they do find work, it is mostly in low-skilled, poorly paid positions. Crucially, this is not all their fault: many European countries, and Germany in particular, have long-established protections for native workers in the form of licences, certifications, educational requirements and the like. We have done everything to keep our borders open, while leaving these protections almost entirely in place. That does not make very much sense, but it is also the kind of idiocy we have come to expect from our late-stage managerial bureaucracy, which has serious problems with coordination and prefers approaches that do not require much effort (neglecting border security) over those that would entail some vision and initiative (rethinking worker qualifications).

After much pondering, I would propose this thesis: the labour-shortage justification is not sufficient in itself, nor is it the real aim of migrationist policies in general. It has been crucial, however, in getting a certain kind of fiscally observant, centre-Right politician on board with the programme, and in this way it has helped to make migrationism a consensus policy.

The universalist vision: both postwar liberalism and leftism have developed a towering impatience with the autonomous politics of the nation state, and necessarily also with national borders. These are ideologies that make moral claims for all of humanity, with adherents who prefer to see themselves not so much as leaders of particular nations but as members of an international elite bent on solving global problems. Mass migration is merely one aspect of these elites' broader, longstanding preoccupation with the developing world, which is also expressed via massive foreign aid payments, hugely expensive state-funded philanthropic endeavours and even a general cultural (and moral) elevation of all that is poor, non-Western and not-us.

All successful ideological principles have some real-world utility, and the pragmatic advantage of theoretical universalism lies in the high-low alliance. Politicians, particularly on the Left, secure their power by cultivating clients at the bottom of society, to whom they promise some of the vast wealth and privileges that have been accumulated by the middle. In earlier generations, they could form these alliances with the native working classes, which explains the political importance of labour movements. As Western prosperity has increased, however, our own workers have identified increasingly with the (Right-leaning) middle of society, abandoning their client roles. Many of our countries have further obliterated their native political clients by outsourcing industrial production to overseas trade partners like China. Changes at the bottom portend changes at the top, and so there ensued the near-total transformation of the Left. Old workers' parties like the Social Democrats in Germany have entered a long era of terminal decline, with new fashionable Green parties rising to take their place. The latter have a different agenda that looks beyond workers to address problems like climate change and the dangers of nuclear energy, but in the end this novel focus did not free them from their hunger for low-side allies. Lacking native disadvantaged peoples, they have elected to import foreign disadvantaged peoples instead.

This, I think, explains a great deal, and resolves many of the problems with the labour-shortage thesis. It explains why the hurdles to citizenship have to be lowered for our new arrivals, although this is far from optimal for our pension-plan funders. It also explains why the borders cannot be closed even as the migrants have proven that they will never solve our demographic problems.

The migrationist vision is maddeningly short-sighted. Migrants will bankrupt the welfare state before they ever fund our pension plans, and massive changes at the bottom of society will most likely wipe out the Left as we know it – however many election cycles establishment politicians hope to win with migrant support in the meantime. In Germany, the rise of Alternative für Deutschland has caused some in the centre-Left establishment to wonder whether mass migration is such a great idea after all, but as with all policies, this one has a terrible inertia behind it. A formidable body of jurisprudence now mandates open borders and makes rejecting asylees essentially impossible. The establishment parties have filled with rabid migrationists, and they have entangled themselves with a wide array of refugee-promoting philanthropic enterprises and NGOs. Social entitlements paid to migrants have become an occasion for a new kind of self-perpetuating corruption, funding an international migrant-smuggling industry that has in turn developed its own symbiotic relationships with migration activists and politicians. It is a massive mess.

As with everything else our managerial states do, migration has become an end in itself, increasingly independent of any real purpose. We welcome migrants because we have developed complex bureaucratic procedures, systems and incentive structures that are designed to welcome migrants, and because all manner of careers and funding are now premised on the project of mass migration." 



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