Richard Lionheart, the Crusader King
What do British Muslims think?
Trevor Phillips has made a documentary delving into the beliefs of Muslims living in Britain. Politicians speak a lot about how important integration into society is when it comes to immigration.
Certainly, a big part of integrating into a society is taking on the set of beliefs of that society. After all, the beliefs and values form a great part of a country’s culture.
If the British wish to maintain their culture despite immigrants forming a large group of their population, it is critical that these immigrants accept and move towards British beliefs.
Freedom for Tibet
Population replacement. A term mostly heard in fringe right-wing groups, closely linked to the racists and white supremacists of the world. At least, that is when it comes to Europe. In China the situation is easier to observe – the population of Tibet really is being replaced.
Abduction of Europa, by Marie Pierre
Proponents of the European Union repeat the same mantra over and over; Europe requires unity. They claim a united Europe stands stronger against global opponents such as China and the United States, and that unity is now needed more than ever if Europe wants not only to thrive, but to survive.
The Thriving of Europe
Europe was not a powerful area of the world before the Renaissance. The Ottoman Empire and China were faring much better than the small European nations. Anyone living before the year 1500 would not have dared to predict the future coming to Europe. Many books were written to answer the question: “Why did Europe end up being so influential?” Why wasn’t it China?
Rape of the Sabine Women, by Pietro da Cortona
Xenophobia – The Great Danger?
In recent years xenophobia has been a frequently used word in the media and political debates. In 2016 dictionary.com even made it ”word of the year”, with the added comment that we should not feel happy about that. Xenophobia literally means ”fear of strangers”, although Merriam-Webster defines it as ”fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign”.
The word is often used against those that support Brexit or oppose the open border migration policies of the EU.
Yet, is that a fair use of the word? Does that make sense? What did the ancient Greeks mean when speaking about the ‘xenos’?
Allegory of Fertility by Jan Brueghel and Jan van Balen
The European migrant crisis has given rise to one very persistent argument; namely that Europe, and especially Germany, desperately requires migrants to make up for the declining workforce and to fund European pensions for the elderly. Before, it was discussed that Europe hardly needs to import its workforce from the Africa or the Middle East, since millions of Greeks, Spaniards and Italians are unemployed. But there is another argument why we would supposedly need migration – we need them for our pensions. Do we really?
Europe is supposed to have lost both its fertility and the ability to reverse this trend, which is why migrants are now being presented as those who might fill the gap.
There is a lot of talk about the labour markets in Europe. Ever since the crisis that started in 2008, there has been a constant interest in the topic. During the past years, with the recent flows of migrants entering Europe, labour markets were presented as an argument in favour of immigration from outside of Europe.
Briefly put, the argument is as follows; Germany has low unemployment, but also low birth rates. With Germany’s current birth rates their population size will decrease unless migrants take their place. It is deemed necessary that the country’s labour force remains the same size. That way it can pay taxes needed to sustain the ever increasing group of retired Germans. Hence, migrants should not only be tolerated, but basically welcomed as Germany’s saviors.
If we were to assume that Germany does indeed need people from outside its borders to fill those positions… Is this the most sensible solution?
Immigration in Sweden
Last year Trump appears to have referred to a non-existent problem in Sweden. Unsurprisingly the media pounced on it. Nevertheless, let’s have a look at what really is happening in Sweden.
Surprise; it does not look good.
It was the year 476 when the Western Roman Empire fell and the Ostrogothic forces sacked the city of Rome. Odoacer was the new ruler of the greatly diminished city of Rome and surrounding lands. We have here an example of a great Empire that collapsed and was taken over by the “barbarian” hordes. (i.e. people not belonging to one of the great civilizations: Greek, Roman, Christian) The question then becomes, what happened to life in Rome with these invaders usurping the throne?