CHARLOTTE, NC. On the surface at least, it seems those increasingly aggressive gilets jaunes (“yellow jackets”) protesting the French government’s massive increase in the national gas tax (at least), have placed the Gallic nation on the verge of a second French Revolution. Including the US. Watching the fourth weekend in a row of anti-gas tax, anti-Macron Parisian riots makes us wonder. Could this be a warning to other Western countries? Including the US?
Explanations for the uprisings in France pin the cause on those substantially increased gas taxes. But as of today, that excuse seems far too simplistic to describe the increasingly violent Parisian riots we’ve been witnessing.
The Decline of the West: French Edition
As far back as 2006, conservative Canadian commentator Mark Steyn warned in his book America Alone that declining populations in the west combined with the lack of assimilation by successive waves of often hostile immigrants would result in major, negative consequences foe Western democracies if we did not address them quickly.
Unfortunately, the governing elitists heading up most Western nations today stuck their collective head in the sand. Now they, and their own countries, are now is paying the price for their ignorance.
The most recent and increasingly violent Parisian riots makes Steyn look like a modern-day Nostradamus with his insights.
Wrote Steyn more than a decade ago,
“What if the problem is not that the Muslims in the West are unfamiliar with the customs of their new land but rather that they are all too familiar with them – and explicitly reject them? …the result is a mutated form of Islam uniquely well informed in its hostility to the infidel Muslims have assimilated brilliantly, at least when it comes to mastering the principal discourse of the advanced democratic state – the legalisms, victimology, and entitlement culture.”
Enter Angela Merkel
Let’s stir another ingredient into the recipe. This one involves Germany’s Angela Merkel. At long last, she has also belatedly realized that allowing unassimilable outsiders to enter European countries to fill the void left by the lower reproductive rate of their native citizens is not the way to approach the crisis.
Merkel has now gone so far as to actually paying immigrants to leave Germany in order to keep the domestic peace. The truth of the matter is, alas, that opening Germany to the Middle East migration never was about compassion in the first place.
True, the developed world, as noted by Steyn, is producing fewer children. But the bright idea of using waves of unskilled and hostile immigrants to compensate for the decline in Europe’s workforce is, and always was, a bad idea. This is primarily due to the alien “asylum seekers'” near universal unwillingness to assimilate into the host society and adapt the customs of each given host country.
As one obvious result of this, in France, particularly Paris, slums filled with hostile “asylum seekers” are expanding at a substantial clip, creating more danger and more hostility to native citizens in this recognized center of traditional Western learning, art and culture.
Could the Parisian Riots spread to the US?
Of course, France may be the news du jour. But the odds are strong that there is more hostility and violence to come as we enter the closing days of 2018. For Americans, it is probably a plus that, for once at least, we are slightly behind the curve with regard to hostility and violence. Provided, however, that we learn from the mistakes of our Western allies If so, we could avoid much of the chaos Europe is currently experiencing.
In a recent article in The Federalist, Auguste Meyrat commented upon the sad deterioration of France:
“After being known for its fine arts, beautiful landscapes, rich Catholic tradition, genius philosophers and scientists, and famous monuments, people now see France as a stagnant irrelevant pool of decadence.”
That same scenario is playing out in Germany and the U.K. as well. The turmoil in Paris is likely only the beginning.
The real European problem is wave after wave of hostile and unassimilable immigrants
As French ghettos of unassimilated immigrants grow larger, so, too, does the drag on the culture and economy of the nation. Most of us can remember when French pride in their language was so strong that virtually every outsider who failed to speak it properly was regarded as an uneducated boob.
Muslim immigrants refuse to speak French, or work. Yet they collect absurdly generous taxpayer benefits even as they actively undermine the host country. The accomplish this by promoting Sharia law and acts of violence against the French taxpayers who provide their generous support. At the same time, these “asylum seekers” comprise a high percentage of the poverty, crime and terrorism in the country.
What’s wrong with that picture?
A logical resaction inevitably occurs among the native populace of such overrun countries. As we have seen during this fall’s Parisian riots, the nation’s citizens increasingly took to the streets in protest of governmental and media promotion of “increased fuel taxes” allegedly to fight “climate change.” Why the anger and outrage? The rural and middle class French worker perceive their country to be falling victim to the predations of violent “asylum seekers.” They see their take home pay and standard of living relentlessly dwindle dwindle away due to shrinking wages and increasing taxes to support hostile immigrants who seem to hate them.
The Parisian Riots are only the tip of the iceberg
Worse, the standard of living for working class French citizens outside the capital city was to be further diminished by “climate change” taxes. Non-Parisians knew these ruinous taxes were largely meant to support elitist virtue-signaling. Is it any wonder why “the people are revolting?” This outrage on the part of the largely forgotten non-Parisian French electorate goes considerably beyond Macron’s now-rescinded gas tax. The gas tax was only the tipping point of a long-simmering outrage against bankers, government officials and wealthy industrialists. The out-of-touch elites.
While the current turmoil may make the French people feel better, increasing violence could fail to lead to solutions. True, it the demonstrators have already forced Macron to roll back the massive gasoline tax hikes that launched the gilets jaunes brigades. But fuel taxes are just one aspect of what’s destroying the lives of European citizens today. It will take issues far greater than the gas tax, backed with considerably stronger leadership and heavier doses of common sense to force change in the sclerotic mess the European Union has become.
As for other countries in the increasingly beleaguered Europen Union, Angela Merkel faces similar unrest in Germany. So does English Prime Minister Theresa May in the UK following her woeful mishandling of the Brexit. Meanwhile, in Italy, unrest is again attributible to hostility toward unresponsive government elites. That country recently elected a new, Trump-like leadership that increasingly defies Brussels. And in Brussels itself, Belgium’s government appears to be falling apart over the prime minister’s “open borders” immigration policy.
Wealthy, condescending, nonbelieving elites vs. the people
This governmental disconnect with a majority of its populace is potentially disastrous for most Western countries. These governments are guilting of having opted for a course that is unsustainable in the long term. Only now are these government elitists getting the message. But the burning question is, “Is it too late? These elitists have a considerable history of ignoring their constituents, since they always know better.
Thus far, it’s been different in the US. At least for the most part. The open borders elitists and environmental extremists have been stymied here, at least for the moment. The potential reason for this is one unusually persistant aspect of our culture. As Mark Steyn notes,
“In Europe’s wholly secularized environment, the enduring religiosity of America is not just odd, but primitive. One reason why the developed world has a difficult job grappling with the Islamist threat is that it doesn’t take religion seriously. It condescends to it.”
Rightly or wrongly, Muslims, on the other hand, are fiercely devoted to their faith. The gap between Western secularism and Islamic devotion is real. And it is making it hard to find a solution to this pressing issue.
For the West, as a rule, we won’t wake up to a looming menace until it overwhelms us with fear.
In the long run, the saving grace for the U.S. could be a new willingness to learn from Europe’s mistakes. In so doing, we could make the proper adjustments in our own country in advance of a potentially disastrous outcome. The election of Donald Trump as US President, the Brexit vote, the re-election of Hungary’s anti-open borders prime minister Viktor Orban, and the election of an Italian government that opposes EU hegemony — and now the Parisian riots — are, taken together, a collective canary in the coal mine. All this is a last call to Western elites to cease and desist from their virtue-signaling. Western citizens are soundly rejecting and “climate change” among a growing host of other issues. But will the elites finally listen to the people?
About the Author:
Bob Taylor is a veteran writer who has traveled throughout the world. Taylor was an award winning television producer/reporter/anchor before focusing on writing about international events, people and cultures around the globe.
Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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