EU Migrant Crisis

I posted this on peakoil.com today, 3/3/16. It pertains to a lot of things I have been thinking about lately. It’s not intended to take a strong stand one way or the other on immigration in Europe, but to elucidate a point about it that seems lost in the furor. There is a lot that stands to get lost in the current rush, not just this. I think it is time to consider a few key aspects, however, that may be on the bubble. What a great world we could live in if we could foster them within the people who are coming.

 

Isn’t this fundamentally a rate question? You know, allowing an influx that occurs at such a rate as to overwhelm the local cultures of the places into which these people are flowing. It’s not about whether there should be immigration. It is about whether those who immigrate should become members of the communities they are entering.

Saying, no, doesn’t have to mean that somebody is racist, or even anti-immigrant. It can simply mean that they find value in the culture they see as potentially becoming overwhelmed. But, if we are going to set about taking that position, shouldn’t there arise a set of understandings about the cultures that need defending? If it truly is only because of skin color or birth right, then the argument does sidle pretty close to racism.

I’d like to offer that the West is based upon the notion that individual rights are what our law is based upon. We do understand ourselves as citizens of various countries, but as citizens within those countries who have rights. Our rights protect us from becoming extensions of whatever state that is our home, and give us the freedom to express ourselves in whatever manner that the stage, station or any other peculiarity may dictate through and for us. We have the right to be as creative in the definition of ourselves as we desire, so long as those rights are understood properly(as all rights must be) within the context of the responsibility they also carry toward others.

The very worst thing about this sort of invasion is that it does not come from a teeming sea of individual people all seeking to conjoin us in a like minded pursuit of our ideals. No, it’s largely a contrivance of ethnic, tribal or familial hopes. The sad truth in a system that uses capitalism as its basic means of economic exchange is that it is vulnerable to those who are organized under a common umbrella. Usually, as in the process of the nuclear family succeeding economically, that is a good thing. Even there, however, there are arguments that privileged families maintain a type of hold upon the class structure in the West through the use of this kind of leverage. It’s not beneficial, however, when it engenders the opportunity and, therefore, the temptation on the part of those who share a commonality to seek to impose their commonality upon those who give them the opportunity in the first place. It is not proper, and works against the rights of those who come before, for groups of people to enter in and demand that the world they are entering into conform to the set of expectations they bring with them while at the same time refusing to conform to the cultural expectations they find already in place.

You have to understand, I am not talking about race, or religion. I am talking about the place of individual rights within the understanding of the people. All rules have a letter and an actual form of practice. Very often these two are similar in how they understand meaning, but not identical. There are all kinds of laws drawn up, and then there are the ways that the people actually consider those laws in practice. Similarly there are very many unwritten laws which seek to dictate how a society carries out its day to day affairs, but those are not adhered to any more strictly by the people. This give and take is, by and large, the contemporary expression of the culture. This is a very communal thing exercised, in the West, by the individual. We may all go through certain periods of our lives, similar experiences in youth or early adulthood, that help us guarantee that we can more or less see eye to eye upon where we are in interpreting what constrains us, and in respecting those who differ. That is why we cannot tolerate those who come in and do not see the role of the individual the same as we do. We are not into groups overwhelming us whose members seem part and parcel indistinguishable from one another because of attitudes we deem as alien to us when viewed through our lens regarding the importance of individual rights.

I’d like to say that letting in refugees isn’t really the problem. The problem lies, really, in ignorantly allowing them to organize in close association economically such that they are not compelled by the machinations of the culture to conform. It isn’t, again, about asking them to give up religion, diet, or subliminal understanding of themselves as an entity from the ‘old world.’ Western Culture has a weakness inherent to it when it relies upon capitalism because capitalism has a weakness in favor or those who organize. Capitalism has a weakness toward any kind of gang-like activity.

I’d like to suggest that putting a prohibitive tariff upon money transfers by non-citizens who do not engage in significant economic endeavor within the country they are sending the money to such that any transfer they are sending back they are essentially sending it back to themselves is in order. Yeah, the West ought to be taxing the s**t out of immigrants who send money back home so that they can simply prep others to come after them, or to support the thing they really belong to, which is the gang they belong to. If they aren’t sending the money to themselves they ought to pay a huge tax. Similarly, the practice of family reunification ought to be exposed for the corrupt and essentially rapacious practice that it is. It is corrupt in the sense that it is nothing more than a gang-like attempt to extend the gang and rapacious in the gang-like manner in which it practices that extension, through economics. Nobody should get in freely simply because they are a family member of a citizen or legal immigrant’s family. Every adult, that is anybody past the age of understanding(including those many would consider quite young), should have to pass a civics test that reveals that they understand and respect the role of individual rights before they can enter so freely. It doesn’t matter so much that they mesh immediately with the current understanding of the give and take between the letter and the spirit of the law, but that they can. It doesn’t matter that they truly know what it will mean for their current understanding of the baggage they bring with them to bow down before the concept of respect for others, but that they will and do.

I don’t think there is anything wrong with dual citizenship, by the way. I just think that a real commitment to the country out of which one is drawing one’s wealth when it is so outsized one to the other begs for a higher tax rate on dual citizens transferring money. Otherwise, there is a lack of commitment to one’s own rights that goes unrecognized. So, yeah, I think dual citizens from countries that don’t understand individual rights like the countries of the West do ought to pay higher transfer payment tariffs.

There is the potential to remain subsumed to a kind of hive mind that can be dangerous. The hive mind is not a wrong thing, per se. It can’t help but to act against the individual, though. The hive mind accepts most things, but eventually has a different set of rules that require a stricter interpretation and a closer following. If you don’t get away from it the chance is great that it will pull you back in, should you doubt yourself or become disenchanted with others.

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