Putting pressure in the keg
Posted by aogSunday, 20 February 2005 at 19:55 TrackBack Ping URL

I’ve been following the debate about immigrants in Europe and the coming population crash. While clearly something has to change (aphorism: “If something can’t go on forever, it won’t”), it’s not obvious that Europe can be revived via immigration. A key difference between the USA and Europe is the extent of the welfare state. It doesn’t do any good to have immigrants if their fate is remain largely unassimilated and unemployed. One wonders why Europe allows immigration at all, but I suspect it’s primarily to benefit the EUlite at the expense of their subjects by increasing the set of people directly dependent on the state. It’s now gotten out of control but what can the EUlite do? Cutting the welfare system is right out and their reliance on multi-culturalism hard to either restrict immigration or strive for assimiliation. What I expect is that the situation will be tolerated as long as possible but when it breaks the EUlite will turn on the immigrants with the kind of sectarian / ethnic fury that has been such a part of their history.

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Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 03 March 2005 at 08:33

Via Instapundit, we have Mickey Kaus catching up with me:

1) Welfare for people who could work plus 2) potential prejudice against a discrete, identifiable group still seems like the universal recipe for an underclass. It was in the U.S.. It is in France. It is in Holland.

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