Fascism, a warning. By Madeleine Albright
The Graduation Ceremony
Dutch exam student Tristen Strijkert had the highest scores on the history test. As a reward, his teacher presented him with a gift. What was the gift? The book ”Fascism, a warning” by Madeleine Albright.
Tristen attended a school in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. The events took place during the graduation ceremony for all those that had graduated from the high school. Before being called onto the stage to collect his certificate, his history teacher referred to Tristen’s affiliation with Forum voor Democratie.
The story was first shared in a tweet, but later picked up by Dutch journalist Wierd Duk who writes for the Telegraaf.
There is an ongoing debate between the left and the right; are migrants good for a country or not? Some say yes they are great, and we should have as many migrants as we can. The others say no, migrants are trouble. The problem is that there are various groups of migrants. The debate cannot be limited to one overarching group, it must be broken down into more detail.
Perhaps there are multiple truths in what people believe. Let’s review some different types of migrants, and their traits. Because how can we ever have a more in-depth discussion on the migration issue, if we cannot tell one migrant apart from another?
The Culture War
The Culture War
We are often inclined to think that the problems we face today, are very modern problems. We believe that within the last decade, something rapidly started to change. Perhaps that is true, perhaps things really did start to accelerate recently. Yet, many problems are not that new. They have been rising for years. The culture war is not a new invention.
Almost two decades ago, the then president of the National Rifle Association in the United States, Charles Heston gave a speech. His speech is about the culture war that the United States was facing. A war that has since spread across the European continent.
What is fascinating is that this speech is two decades old, yet appears so relevant even today. Perhaps even more so. We have included the entire speech below, with comments added by us in between the quotes. If you’d rather listen to the speech, you can find it on YouTube here.
The first paragraphs quoted make up the introduction. Feel free to skip this part as it becomes far more interesting later on. The text below contains the entire speech in the quoted areas. All text outside of the quotes areas has been added by us.
The New Multicultural Sweden
Sweden is mentioned here frequently, because there is a lot to say about Sweden. We have shared a documentary on Sweden before. We have spoken about the future of Sweden. And we have rebutted the arguments against our article on Sweden. Today, we’ll show you another documentary on Sweden, and discuss some of the main findings from the documentary.
Prometheus Bound, by Jacob Jordaens
The Future of Sweden
A short while back, we published an article called ‘The Future of Sweden‘. The aim of that article is to show some demographic trends taking place in Sweden. We use some statistics that are known and easily verifiable. We also make predictions for the future, based on assumptions and estimates, as predictions always are. Unfortunately very few organizations study the demographic shift happening in Europe, despite the relevance of demographic changes in a democracy. In case you wonder why demographics are important, please read our article on Why Demographics Matter?
The changes will be coming, they will be significant, and they will be irreversible. Nonetheless, making predictions is difficult. That is why a Twitter user called ”Sweden Fact Check” has provided their feedback on the article. They did this in a burst of tweets, which we will discuss below. If you prefer the summary, scroll down to the bottom to read the main points.
The rise of political islam
In the debate surrounding immigration, integration, religious fanaticism and radicalism, all too often the debate is about the migrants, but not involving migrants. Today, Dr Sid Lukkassen discusses these topics withManel Mselmi: a young woman of Tunisian origin who is active for Mouvement Réformateur in Belgium. She is currently a PhD candidate in environmental humanities, a talk show host and a blogger. Sid published several books on topics such as geopolitics, humanism, media analysis and the culture wars and, from 2010 – 2018, he was active as a city councillor (VVD)
Sweden is a Scandinavian country with just over ten million inhabitants. Although Sweden is relatively sparsely populated, around 85% of the population lives in the urbanized areas. The majority lives in the coastal areas in the south, where the climate is less harsh.
The descendants of Vikings have left their pagan traditions behind and turned to Christianity. The nation became Christian in the 12th century, and turned to Protestantism around the 16th century. Nowadays around 70% of the population continues to be registered as Christian, despite the fact that the Swedish people are not very religious.
We will have a similar review with regards to Swedish demographics, as we did previously with:
France [France: From Churches to Mosques]
Italy [From Glory to Despair: The State of Italy]
Germany [Germans: A Minority by 2060]
Painting of elephants running towards the viewer
Population Growth in Africa
We talk about migration issues from Syria and the Middle-East. We talk about the possibility of Turkey joining the European Union, opening the doors of Europe to millions of Turks. Nevertheless, the real migration will originate in Africa. It is the continent that has maintained high birth-rates, despite predictions that they will become lower.
How many people live in Africa today? Not even 1.3 billion. And by 2050? Well, 1.3 billion more. A total of 2.6 billion people would live in Africa. Although population growth in Europe is purely due to immigration, Africa’s population will double thanks to its high fertility rates. What will the consequences be?