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Gun Ownership is Necessary for Peace in Europe

Painting of the Warsaw Uprising. The Polish people attacked the Nazi's, but were 'liberated' by the Russians after the battle.

Painting of the Warsaw Uprising. The Polish people attacked the Nazi’s, but were ‘liberated’ by the Russians after the battle.

Guns in the US? Let’s talk about Gun Ownership in Europe

The United States of America has the 2nd amendment which provides its citizens the right to bear arms. This right to gun ownership is a hot topic of debate every time a mass shooting takes place, which sends innocent people into their early graves. There are limitations on who can buy a gun, with background checks taking place. There are limitations on what kind of weaponry you can buy. Nonetheless, this is not considered enough. Moreover, it will never be considered enough.

Many articles exist that aim to convince people all guns should be banned. This article will not focus on banning guns. It will not focus on the United States. We are going to talk about the right to own guns in Europe, and why we should own more.

We will show why Poland must have as many guns as Switzerland, in order to prevent being conquered in the future.

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Failure of the Euro: GDP Growth since 2000 in the EU

EuroThe Introduction of the Euro

In 2000 the euro was introduced into Europe as brand new currency. Its aim is to unite the countries in the European Union and improve trade and economic growth across the continent. The evidence, sadly, shows us that this was far from a success. Below we use data from the world bank showing annual GDP growth in percentages compared to the previous year. The EU overall performs poorly.

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Germans: A Minority By 2060

Mother and child, a rare sight in Germany

Mother and child, a rare sight in Germany

Germany’s Foundation

Germany came into existence when the Prussians unified the provinces previously belonging to the Holy Roman Empire. That only happened in 1871, making Germany a relatively young country. As a new dominant player in Europe, the balance of power was disturbed. World War One started, and was followed by the racialist National-Socialists. The Nazi’s pushed the Germans into the second World War. And lost.

Germany’s post-war revival was an economic miracle, but the guilt from the war is carried within the Germans to this day. They had to become the opposite of the evil nationalists, and so they opened their borders. Germany was no longer only for Germans.

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Women’s Liberation – Becoming a Prostitute

The future desired by 'progressives', only pushes us back in time

The future desired by ‘progressives’, only pushes us back in time

Prostitution is Normalized

I was born and raised in the Netherlands. Although I did not live in Amsterdam, I was well aware of how the city looked thanks to the television. One show in particular, Baantjer, was about two detectives solving crimes in the heart of Amsterdam. Every episode would show them walking through the red-light district. Keep in mind, this was a family show that I watched before my age even reached the double digits. Initially, I had no idea why there were women wearing lingerie standing behind large windows with a red light above their head. What I did know was that it was perfectly normal.

As a young boy I would visit Amsterdam, both with my parents as well as on a school excursion. In both instances, we had a walk through the red light district. After all, this was a normal aspect of the Amsterdam touristic route. As I grew up, I found it odd that other countries did not have similar districts. Since the Netherlands is known to be such a progressive country, surely having streets full of prostitutes is a progressive virtue?

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Hungary’s Economic Success – Growing Real Wages

The Hungarian Rite of Spring

The Hungarian Rite of Spring

Orban’s Hungary

Recently Orban won another election in Hungary. The majority of the people voted to keep him in power. Despite frequent negative articles about him in the Western media, Orban remains. As with any politician, he has plenty of vocal opponents, but the elections speak for themselves. I don’t want to say he is great or he is evil, but we should give credit where credit is due. In this case, Hungary deserves some credit. Whether or not this is thanks to Orban I can’t say, but economic successes are usually attributed to the ruling party.

What is the success? The projection is that Hungary’s real wages will grow more than anywhere else in the world.

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European Slaves, The Story of the Men and Women brought to North-Africa

The Forgotten European Slaves of North Africa and the Ottomans

The Forgotten European Slaves of North Africa and the Ottomans

European Slaves

Slavery. Images of Africans chained together and pushed into European vessels come to mind. They are boarding the ships on the west coast of Africa, at the start of a long journey across the Atlantic. Many starve to death, die of disease, or perish due to other reasons. It is a horrific episode in human history. To this day, Europeans and Americans alike bear the guilt of our ancestor’s actions.

Approximately 15 million Africans became slaves due to the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Every child learns about this in school, everyone knows about this suffering of the Africans. Yet, today, I’d like to highlight a less known episode of slavery. The slavery of the Europeans in North-Africa.

The Holocaust being of greater horror and death toll than the Armenian genocide, does not mean the Armenian genocide is not worth talking about. Similarly, even though the European slaves amounted to a ‘mere’ one million, it does not mean that therefore it is not worth discussing. Did you know already that there were approximately 1.000.000 European slaves taken to North-Africa?

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France: From Churches to Mosques

The Revolution in France

The Revolution in France

The Beginning of France

While the Western Roman Empire collapsed, tribes began moving into its territory from across the Rhine. Many Germanic tribes now lived in the province of Gaul. One of these tribes, were the Franks.

Under their King Clovis, the Franks united the peoples living in Gaul. They conquered an area roughly matching modern-day France, and they did so over 1500 years ago. That was the start of France, making it the oldest state in Europe.

Clovis initially converted from Germanic paganism to Arian Christianity. The Arians, named after  the priest Arius, differed from the Catholics in their idea of the nature of Christ. Although today this appears to be a rather minor detail, it triggered a major schism in the Church back then. Most Goths and Germanics converted to Arian Christianity, for example the Visigoths that ruled Spain. However, Clovis converted to the Catholic faith, embracing the papacy. Moreover, Clovis based the laws for this newly founded state on the Roman law. In effect, Clovis confirmed his legitimacy by embracing the legacy of Rome. And so, France’s Catholic faith and foundation of its state are closely linked together.

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Muslim Fertility in Europe

Figures in the Courtyard of a Mosque, by Edwin Lord Weeks

Figures in the Courtyard of a Mosque, by Edwin Lord Weeks

Fertility of Muslims in Europe

We know that native Europeans have low fertility rates. The fertility rates are so low that the population shrinks, it is below the replacement rate of 2.1. The situation is different for the Muslim population in Europe. Rather than shrinking, births alone cause the Muslim population to increase by 66% by 2050 in the EU, Norway and Switzerland. The Muslim fertility rate is very healthy and allows their numbers to grow.

In a zero migration scenario, the Muslim population grows from 25 million to 35 million by 2050. At the same time, the native population shrinks. Considering there is a severe difference between the two groups here, let’s review the data.

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