20 March 2010

European Nations Sign Suicide Pact

Across Europe, once-mighty and ambitious nations are singing a siren song of death and oblivion. Once great empires that spanned the globe are now dedicated to passing from the world stage without leaving a trace. A sad benediction to societies and cultures that once looked forward to an unending ascent of the human spirit.
In Britain, a government commission has drawn up plans for a "steady state economy" that forgoes future economic growth in the name of sustainability by cutting work hours and banning TV commercials (to reduce consumerism). In Germany, new bestseller called Exit: Prosperity Without Growth is just the latest in a growing body of literature pleading for Germans to learn to live with less. In France, President Nicolas Sarkozy—who once came to power exhorting the French to work harder and earn more—has thrown his weight behind an expert report that declares the pursuit of GDP growth a "fetish" and strives to replace the GDP statistic with a broader measure of national contentment.

...today's no-growthers seem to make the same mistakes as their many predecessors, from Thomas Malthus—who predicted in 1798 that rising populations would inevitably starve—to the Club of Rome, a group of scientists who warned in 1972 that the world would start running out of key resources in the 1980s. Such movements extrapolate growth rates for resource use and pollution but don't take enough account of technical innovation, environmental regulation, greater efficiency, and behavioral change. Take Exit author Meinhard Miegel's claim that the world is running out of food. It largely ignores, among other things, the barely tapped potential of genetic engineering and other plant-breeding technologies.

Such faults are often overlooked because the no-growthers resonate in Europe today for intellectual and political reasons, not economic or technological ones. Critiques of growth have always been, at their core, about uneasiness with capitalism itself. That this critique becomes mainstream when capitalism seems to be failing us is no surprise. After all, the Club of Rome made its first splash in the 1970s, during a long slowdown when people were also becoming newly aware of environmental degradation.

...the no-growthers are unrealistic about how painful a no-growth reality would be. As the Harvard scholar Benjamin Friedman argues eloquently in The Moral Consequences of Economic Growth, a society that gives up on growth invites nasty fights over the distribution of limited resources and paves the way for intolerance and populism. That economic growth isn't everything—it doesn't measure the value of our relationships, our communities, our culture—is obvious. But so is the correlation between prosperity and quality of life, including health, longevity, and the freedom to pursue happiness. _Newsweek

Indigenous Europeans are failing to replace their own numbers through rudimentary childbirth, and are steadily being replaced -- at least in their cities -- by Muslim immigrants who may be on welfare, but can reproduce all the same.

The failure of Europeans to reproduce is part and parcel of the dying Euro spirit, the culture of the human dieoff. It is the essence of the modern green left, which is strongest and most suicidal in Europe. But it is almost as strong in Toronto, Seattle, and Sydney. The Obama - Pelosi reich is fanning the flames of the dieoff with every legislative drive and push -- in the quest to catch up with Europe.

But do Americans really want to be like Europe in that regard? Perhaps of those who voted for Obama, half do. But of those who did not vote and those who voted for other candidates, it is likely that over 80% oppose the dieoff mentality.

Certainly China, India, Brazil, and other third world nations trying to emerge into a more modern era have no wish to share the Luddite dreams of death with Euro-greens. The billions of the third world, in all of their wasteful polluting splendour, will hardly miss Europe when it is gone. They will simply move in and call it something else, something more populated and polluted, to be sure.

Cross posted at abu al-fin

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Blogger kurt9 said...

There's a reason why I often think that the Europeans deserve to be enslaved by the Muslims.

Saturday, 20 March, 2010  
Blogger read it said...

There are pro natalist Christian and Jewish groups. Are there any secular pro natalist groups?

Sunday, 21 March, 2010  
Blogger Ugh said...

Don't let this happen to America! Western Canada and Australia can be saved too. We can and should balance pro-growth and pro-environment using something called innovation and ingenuity. We have to stop this anti-capitalistic Obama-Pelosi regime before real malaise sets in. Ronald Reagan taught us to reject self-loathing, to believe in bigger and better days. Obama-Pelosi sing a different tune, a sad and discordant dirge. When ever I hear either of them speak it's like fingernails on a chaulkboard... They sound like Europeans.

Monday, 22 March, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

The momentum of the dieoff leftist Obama Pelosi regime is too great to stop just yet.

After November elections the picture will be more clear.

But the damage is being done every day that the suicidal regime is in power.

It is the cost we pay for falling asleep.

Monday, 22 March, 2010  
Blogger kurt9 said...

The up-coming election is the acid test. Is the "tea party" movement for real? Will this movement make a difference or is it just a paper tiger?

Are there still enough Americans who believe and practice self-reliance sufficiently to reject the encroaching state on all aspects of the economy? Or have too many Americans fallen over to the dark side?

We will know come this November.

Its going to be a long, long year.

Monday, 22 March, 2010  
Blogger Max said...

There are European countries that have tfr's higher than the white TFR in the U.S. France, Sweden and I think Finland (or Norway, I can't remember which and I'm writing this on the fly) all have tfr's of 1.9 or higher. Ireland too, I believe. And even in France, this is due primarily to the native population, not highly fecund immigrants. (Immigrants do, of course, have more children in these countries than the natives, but their contribution to the overall tfr is small, even in France.) So it seems like there are some vital countries left in Europe.

And I'm not sure there's a correlation between low fertility and environmentalism. Are the Italians particularly green? I honestly don't know. Their birthrate is in the cellar, tho.

Friday, 26 March, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

Interesting, Mark. Please supply more data when you have the chance.

Tiny countries such as you typically find in Europe are not always comparable to large nations -- particularly large and heterogeneous nations such as the US.

The US is heterogeneous by region, by race, by religion, by ethnicity (other than race), by culture, by economic factors, by politics.

There are parts of the US where the white TFR is much higher than 2, and parts where the white TFR is near 1.5.

It is better to compare the small Euro nation populations with populations of different regions of the US, when looking at such trends.

Friday, 26 March, 2010  
Blogger al fin said...

Mark, your assertion that the relatively higher (than Greece, Italy, Spain etc) TFR of France is due to the native population overall -- rather than just in a few specific regions -- is unproven.

France does not maintain such statistics which would allow one to support that claim.

The unruly "youths" of French cities and banlieus who burn cars and rough up passengers on trains and buses, are not typically native French. The muslim "youths" who are beginning to fill up French prisons are not native French.

France is not a mascot for "a resilient Europe." Rather it is a mascot for the splitting of the new Europe into native and non-native regions. And that is the best prospect for Europe. The worst is to be totally overrun.

That less favourable scenario is more likely for the cities of Sweden, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Britain.

Friday, 26 March, 2010  

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