Douglas Murray’s New Book Asks Whether Europe Has Signed Its Own Death Warrant
Conservative journalist and commentator, Douglas Murray, has recently published a new book, entitled “The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration. Identity. Islam”, which raises questions and makes points that are very relevant to this nascent European Defence League internet project.
The synopsis of the book on Amazon reads as follows:
The Strange Death of Europe is a highly personal account of a continent and culture caught in the act of suicide. Declining birth-rates, mass immigration and cultivated self-distrust and self-hatred have come together to make Europeans unable to argue for themselves and incapable of resisting their own comprehensive change as a society. This book is not only an analysis of demographic and political realities, but also an eyewitness account of a continent in self-destruct mode. It includes reporting from across the entire continent, from the places where migrants land to the places they end up, from the people who appear to welcome them in to the places which cannot accept them.
Told from this first-hand perspective, and backed with impressive research and evidence, the book addresses the disappointing failure of multiculturalism, Angela Merkel’s U-turn on migration, the lack of repatriation and the Western fixation on guilt. Murray travels to Berlin, Paris, Scandinavia, Lampedusa and Greece to uncover the malaise at the very heart of the European culture, and to hear the stories of those who have arrived in Europe from far away. In each chapter he also takes a step back to look at the bigger issues which lie behind a continent’s death-wish, answering the question of why anyone, let alone an entire civilisation, would do this to themselves? He ends with two visions of Europe one hopeful, one pessimistic which paint a picture of Europe in crisis and offer a choice as to what, if anything, we can do next.
I discuss many of the issues raised here in a video, which I have linked to at the end of the article, but as I am in the early stages of creating an ethic for the European Defence League, it makes sense to address some of the issues raised in the book description.
Declining Birth Rates
There are many symptoms of that Europe is in decline but the most deadly is that we are losing the will to breed. Birth rates in all 28 EU countries are now below replacement rates and all indigenous populations are in decline. What greater sign could there be that our civilisation is dying than the fact that the majority of Europeans have insufficient zest in life to replace themselves? Civilisation can struggle on even in difficult circumstances, but it can hardly survive without people.
Some people comfort themselves with the thought that Europe can overcome its demographic problems through the large-scale absorption of immigrants. This is not only a naive attitude but a mistaken one. When birth rates fall to about 1.5, even large scale immigration will not hold the population steady over time. Also, European values are not universal and there is no necessary reason to expect that other civilisations will adopt these values simply because they come to Europe to partake of the technical and commercial fruits of western civilisation. Mass immigration will change the face of Europe as we import ideologies, such as Islam, which are antagonistic to our cherished liberal democratic secular societies.
Cultivated Self-Distrust And Self-Hatred
Brooding over its past crimes (slavery, imperialism, fascism, communism), Europe sees its history as a series of murders and depredations that culminated in two global conflicts. The average European, male or female, is an extremely sensitive being, always ready to feel pity for the world’s sorrows and to take responsibility for them, always asking what the North can do for the South rather than asking what the South can do for itself. Those born after World War II are endowed with the certainty of belonging to the dregs of humanity, an execrable civilization that has dominated and pillaged most of the world for centuries in the name of the superiority of the white man.
The Failure Of Multiculturalism
What we are witnessing is the complete breakdown and failure of multiculturalism. Dictionary.com defines multiculturalism as “the preservation of different cultures or cultural identities within a unified society, as a state or nation.” That definition contains a glaring contradiction. A society cannot be unified if it preserves different cultures and cultural identities within itself. That’s why the national motto of the United States is translated “out of many, one.” To the multiculturalist it appears to be, “Out of one, many.” History demonstrates that no nation can long survive if it forgets why it exists. The failure of every European nation to inculcate its traditions, beliefs, and history, even in the native born, not to mention immigrants, is rapidly destroying the country bequeathed to us by our forebears.
Angela Merkel’s U-Turn On Migration
After being lambasted for allowing tens of thousands of un-vetted migrants to surge through her country’s borders, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel is having a sudden change of heart. Reports indicate that the failed leader, who one popular news magazine accused of “destroying Europe,” is now offering cash handouts worth millions of dollars to get these migrants to leave. It’s a case of too little, too late — not to mention a monumental waste of taxpayer funds — what Merkel is trying to do, but she’s trying to do it anyway. The Daily Mail says the effort is supposed to quell anger over Merkel’s reckless “open-door” border policy that has already allowed some 1.2 million migrants, many of them young, fit men, to flood into Germany and set up shop, against the interests of the German people.
Why Would A Civilisation Do This To Itself?
As a result of a combination of the above, Europe is committing suicide. In his book, Douglas Murray refers to this as “existential tirednes”. My suspicion is that Islam, the Collectivist Left and the Globalist Elites have allied to form an Unholy Trinity intent on destroying our pride in our own national identities. The press and politicians continually ply us with this agenda using a propagandised media and education system, both of which use political correctness to silence individualist and nationalist voices.