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Is the European Union Dying?

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By:Pat Buchanan | March 13, 2015

As the European Coal and Steel Community of Jean Monnet evolved into the EU, we were told a "United States of Europe" was at hand, modeled on the USA. And other countries and continents will inevitably follow Europe's example.

There will be a North American Union of the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and a Latin America Union of the Mercosur trade partnership.

In an essay, "The E.U. Experiment Has Failed," Bruce Thornton of Hoover Institution makes the case that the verdict is in, the dream is dead, the EU is unraveling, One Europe is finished.

Consider, first, economics. In 2013, Europe grew by 1 percent compared to the U.S.'s 2.2 percent. In December, unemployment in Europe was 11.4 percent. In the U.S., 5.6 percent. Americans are alarmed by the lowest labor force participation rate since Reagan, 62.7 percent. In Europe, in 2013, it was 57.5 percent.

Europeans may wail over German-imposed "austerity," but the government share of Europe's GDP has gone from 45 percent in 2008 to 49 percent today. In Greece, it is 59 percent.

Most critical is the demographic crisis. For a nation to survive, its women must produce on average 2.1 children. Europe has not seen that high a fertility rate in 40 years. Today, it is down to 1.6 children.

Europeans are an aging, shrinking, disappearing, dying race.

And the places of Europe's unborn are being filled by growing "concentrations of unassimilated and disaffected Muslim immigrants, segregated in neighborhoods like the banlieues of Paris or the satellite 'dish cities' of Amsterdam.

"Shut out from labor markets, plied with generous social welfare payments and allowed to cultivate beliefs and cultural practices inimical to democracy, many of these immigrants despise their new homes, and find the religious commitment and certainty of radical Islam an attractive alternative."

"Some turn to terrorism," like the French-Algerian brothers who carried out the slaughter at the magazine Charlie Hebdo.

"Such violence," writes Thornton, "along with cultural practices like honor killings, forced marriages and polygamy . . . are stoking a political backlash against Muslims."

Populist parties are surging—the U.K. Independence Party in Britain, the National Front in France, and now the "Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident," PEGIDA, in Germany, These parties will soon be strong enough to enter governments, impose restrictions on immigration and demand assimilation.

Then the cultural conflicts may turn violent.

A fundamental question has troubled European unification since the Treaty of Rome in 1957, writes Thornton: "What comprises the collective beliefs of and values that can form the foundations of a genuine European-wide community? What is it that all Europeans believe?

"Europe and its nations were forged in the matrix of ideas, ideals, and beliefs of Christianity, which gives divine sanction to notions like human rights, the sanctity of the individual, political freedom and equality. Today across Europe Christian belief is a shadow of its former self.

"Fewer and fewer Europeans regularly go to Church. . . . It is common for many European cathedrals to have more tourists during a service than parishioners. . . . This process of secularization—already well advanced in 1887 when Nietzsche famously said, 'God is no more than a faded word today, not even a concept'—is nearly complete today, leaving Europe without its historical principle of unity."

Political religions—communism, fascism, Nazism—are substitute gods that failed. "Nor has secular social democracy . . . provided people with a transcendent principle that justifies sacrifice for the greater good, or even gives people a reason to reproduce.

"A shared commitment to leisure, a short workweek, and a generous social safety net is nothing worth killing or dying for."

And who will die for Donetsk, Luhansk or Crimea?

Pacifism beckons. Every major European nation in NATO—Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland—will see defense spending in 2015 below 2 percent of GDP.

The idea of One Europe has depended on "the denigration of patriotism and national pride," writes Thornton, "Yet all peoples are the products of a particular culture, language, mores, traditions, histories, landscapes. . . . That sense of belonging to a community defined by a shared identity cannot be created by a single currency."

Christianity gave Europe its faith, identity, purpose and will to conquer and convert the world. Christianity created Europe. And the death of Christianity leaves the continent with no unifying principle save a watery commitment to democracy and La Dolce Vita.

From Marine Le Pen's France to Putin's Russia, nationalism and patriotism are surging across Europe because peoples, deprived of or disbelieving in the old faith, want a new faith to give meaning, purpose, vitality to their lives, something to live for, fight for, die for.

Countless millions of Muslims have found in their old faith their new faith. And the descendants of fallen-away European Christians of the 19th and 20th centuries are finding their new faith in old tribal and national identities.

Less and less does multiculturalism look like the wave of the future.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority. To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Web page at www.creators.com.

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MD
Pittsburgh
3/13/2015 03:56 PM
 

  "Less and less does multiculturalism look like the wave of the future." Wow, I don't see that at all. Massive third-world immigration in Europe might decline briefly with the success of some of the nationalist parties, but the Marxist apparatchiks won't stand for that. They will find yet another way to thwart the will of the people. But, really, there are already enough third world immigrants in Europe and the US to drastically and permanently alter the character of these countries. Limiting or even halting third world immigration does nothing to address the problem of Whites not having enough children to populate, let alone re-populate, their countries. The nationalist parties in Europe don't seem to address this, and many of the nationalist leaders are extremely liberal and anti-Christian, besides. Dr. Trifkovic has said that deportation is politically impossible. So, I really don't see any way that multiculturalism ISN'T the wave of the future.

 
 
Harry Heller
San Francisco
3/14/2015 11:51 AM
 

  Europe is the West's last chance. Absent conservative/white nationalist intranational USA secession and future new sovereignty (which is not as far-fetched as it might seem today, though I think still unlikely to succeed), the game is over here. If American conservatives can rediscover their manhood, and start maximally enforcing our principles if-when-where we achieve power, we might be able to avert both economic and/or budgetary collapse and domestic insurrection-cum-race-war, and gradually shepherd into being a somewhat harmonious, multicultural society based on shared respect for our common Constitution, a (reestablished) neutral rule of law, and a broad capitalist prosperity rooted in newly strengthened private property rights. I believe such a future is possible, but unlikely. Even if realized, however, this new America will not be the Western nation we had been for our first two centuries of formal existence. The same situation pretty much applies to Canada and Australia, too. So, Europe is the last (potential) bastion of a future Occident. Pat seems like he is starting to think Europe will "awaken", and do something to avert its civilizational collapse. I doubt it. It is absolutely possible for European civilization, and the white race which is its foundation, to survive indefinitely. But will it? To do so will require a revolution in modern Western (liberal) morality. The essence of that liberalism which has fastened onto the West, and is now the very 'background' of our moral lives, like the air we breathe, is the denial of statistically significant group characteristics. Can the white man any longer "face race"? It seems like only a minority can - and this minority remains a minority across every European polity. Recall the heroic Jean-Marie Le Pen's Presidential quest in 2002. Finally, a chance for the true French to express their displeasure at the Islamic invasion! Result: JMLP got 18-19% of the vote. Whites will not support even their own survival.

 
 
Leo Hylan
3/15/2015 02:24 AM
 

  Except,MD, "multiculturalism" can't be the wave of the future because it's never been the wave of the past. Something emerges and always triumphs and it's never "multicultural".

 
 
Nicholas MOSES
Paris, France
3/15/2015 02:15 PM
 

  "Dr. Trifkovic has said that deportation is politically impossible." While Dr. T's words are true, they are in the present tense. One should never forget that a week is a long time in politics, and there are certainly a fair few permutations of ongoing geopolitical phenomena that, if culminated synchronously, could lead to seismic shifts in the realm of possible in the international order. The Eleanor Roosevelt/Polyanna approach to diplomacy is still the dominant paradigm but is definitely on the retreat. I'm talking of events on the order of a severe financial meltdown or the spread of ISIL to more secured and contiguous positions on the Mediterranean shore. Right now the international order centered on the UN and its satellite agents of globalization in the form of the EU, NGOs and even nominally "national" governments is in a position to punish those who do not comply with its mass misceginatory fantasies. That very same ideological zeal, depending as it does on a steady stream of wealth and the absence of "official" and easily categorizable aggressors, does however make that apparatus completely inept - and liable to collapse - in the face of certain types of threats. What happens from there will have to be seen. Stay tuned...

 
 
Nicholas MOSES
Paris, France
3/16/2015 05:20 PM
 

  Mr. Heller, your assessment of the political situation is literarily meritworthy, but not particularly scientific, since like MD before you you do not factor in that most important of political variables and the one relative to which political algorithms are most volatile: TIME. 2002 was not 2014 and it was not the time. Furthermore, you overstate the reliability of the masses to express national will. Fred Reed gave an excellent dressing-down of universal suffrage a couple weeks back, citing among other things the fact that 26 percent of Americans apparently do not know that the Earth goes around the sun and arguing that disenfranchising the vast majority of Americans was a matter of national emergency. The same could be said for any European country. (A caveat: Reed does compare the intellectual culture of America unfavorably to that of France, a basically fair point although France is not quite as far behind the U.S. as it once was in sheer stupidity and is catching up, with breathtaking speed, accelerating every year since I've lived here.)

 
 
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