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Well, I don’t think that it’s news to anyone any longer than the refugee crisis that I wrote about is now effecting serious changes on all of Europe. Last week, the EU member states (which include Romania, but not Moldova) had a vote and it split almost perfectly down the east/west axis, with western European countries voting in favor of absorbing immigrants into their population while the eastern countries (including Romania) voted against.
This isn’t so surprising. Even aside from my own personal issues, I’ve heard those devils in the local Immigration department complaining in very racist terms about the migrants, even though Moldova (and Romania too) aren’t really being affected by the hundreds of thousands of people now making their way into Europe.
So on one side you’ve got people (and governments) who openly are welcoming migrants, believing that it’s a) the humanitarian thing to do, b) it’s good for the economy, and c) a little fresh blood is a good thing. On the other side is the purely racist side, which argues that admitting migrants (particularly dark-skinned Muslim ones) is tantamount to cultural suicide.
So which side is right?
Well, obviously a million studies have shown that a) Europe’s population is declining (including most definitely Romania and RM) and b) huge amounts of migrants ends up being an economic boon to the countries where they resettle. So the only issue left on the table is the race one, and few people think of racism as a good thing, so they’re left forced to use mealy-mouth double-talk like the arch racist himself, Mr. Viktor “Rivers of Blood” Orban, the dictator (oops: president) of Hungary.
But let’s just examine, for a moment, if it’s true that immigrants cause “cultural suicide”, or destroy the way of life for the nation that absorbs them.
On one hand, this argument has some validity, as long as you open your history book and look in the chapter entitled White Christian European Expansion 1492-1965. A few examples:
United States: 90% or more of native population wiped out, culture erased almost entirely
Australia: 90% or more (100% in Tasmania) of native population wiped out, culture almost completely wiped out
Canada: 90% of population wiped out, most of native culture wiped out
Aztecs: complete genocide and destruction of culture
Inca: 99% of population wiped out, culture erased almost entirely
Maya: more than 50% of population eradicated, all books but 3 burned and destroyed, cultural heritage nearly destroyed
Haiti/DR: complete genocide and destruction of culture
Africa: entire continent minus Ethiopia colonized, enslaved, and mass destruction of native culture
And so on, and so forth. Clearly, the arrival of white Christian migrants is bad news for anyone living in that area. But what about modern day migrants, some of whom are most definitely Muslim and dark-skinned?
Honestly, I can tell that the Viktor Orbans and Victor Pontas of the world who are screaming about migrants have never been to England. I have, and it’s a country that’s changed a hell of a lot since I was first there more than 30 years ago.
Old England from 30 years ago: most industries nationalized, 80% of food grown locally, 99% of food bought at local shop, milkman still delivering to your house, population 99% white skin and members of Church of England, public food is dull and bland, consisting of almost nothing but fish, chips and mushy peas
Modern England: utilities and transport owned by private firms, including foreign ones, 90% of food now imported, almost all food sold at multinational chain stores (Tesco, Sainsbury, etc), inter-racial population common, multi-faith houses of worship (temples, mosques, etc), street food is wild and colorful, including curries and influences from both Jamaica/Caribbean and India/Pakistan/Bangladesh
So did England commit “cultural suicide” in the last 30 years? I’m sure there are a few folks you’ll meet who will agree with that thought. But last I looked, England was a vibrant, bustling place that everyone still wants to visit and go for work. The economy is doing well, and even “benefits” (welfare) pay better than a full-time job in the “pure” Eastern European countries that are frightened to death of migrants.
Germany? After World War 2, their economy was in the toilet. With massive infusions of cash from the United States, they started turning things around. But by the 1960s, they had a severe labor shortage, so they invented the “gasterbeiter” (the rebooted ostarbeiter), and imported a few million dark-skinned, Muslim people from Turkey to work in their factories. Guess what? The economy started doing even better, and now Germany is one of the leading industrial nations in the world.
Did Germany commit “cultural suicide” when they let all those Turks in starting in the 1960s and 70s? I’d say no. There are mosques in every major German town and yet I was there in 2014 and it all looked plenty German to me. There are Muslim women wearing head scarves doing their business just fine alongside bare-headed white German women. And the automatic kiosks and ATMs (bankomat/cash point) just have Turkish as a language you can select, if German, French and English don’t suit you.
France? After their colonies in North Africa became independent, following bitter wars against France, some of those local people in the former colonies started moving to France. France too was once an almost exclusively white, “European” country, and yet if you go to France today you’ll see a rich heritage of dark-skinned people, some of which yes, attend mosques and wear head scarves. But the food is more varied, the music is FAR better now, and life continues to look pretty damn French to my eyes.
So England stayed English, Germany stayed German, and France stayed French, even after millions of immigrants made those countries their new permanent homes. Oh, and those three countries also happen to have some of the most robust economies in the world. Next time you buy a German-engineered car, drink a British ale or gin, or spray yourself with French perfume, remember that those products were made, in part, by dark-skinned Muslim people. Yep. Same for Italy, which has its own growing population of Somalis (Italy wasn’t much of a colonizer), some of whom work for Armani, Dolce & Gabbani, or Ferrari.
So somehow western European countries have managed to still hang on to their identity even after absorbing and integrating millions of migrants. Were there some changes? Of course. Most for the best (especially the food and music) and a few for the worse (poverty and ghettos). So it goes.
But what about Romania, and to a lesser extent the Republic of Moldova? If the migrants are able to be kept out, will the old traditional way of life still last?
Of course not. As I’ve been writing about (literally) for years, there’s barely a trace left of the “good old days” of Romania/Moldova. People like to dress up in the old traditional costumes, and hoist a glass of wine, and sing the old songs, but after all that’s over they slip on a pair of Calvin Klein jeans, lace up their Adidas/Nike shoes, fire up their BMW and drive on over to the mall for a fucking Big Mac or three-piece KFC chicken dinner. Is that really preserving the culture?
No. Cultures change, even without immigrants. I had the sad experience of driving through most of Poland last year, and saw the almost complete eradication of village life. The Poles who still live in Poland are almost all clustered in the cities now, working in big office towers, fiddling with their smartphones and checking Facebook. Same for half of Czech Republic and huge swathes of Hungary.
And those three countries especially depend on a special kind of “migrant” called the Tourist, for their economies to even stay afloat. Take away the millions of tourists who visit Czech Republic, Hungary, and Poland and those three countries would be poorer than most African states in no time at all. Romania, as well, draws millions of tourists (roughly 6-8 million per year), and cities like Sighisoara, Brasov, Cluj, and Bucharest would suffer massively without that huge influx of tourists.
So, whether the migrants come or not, the world keeps on turning, and the past is rapidly slipping behind us in the rearview mirror (Ro: luneta), and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. So migrants aren’t going to cause “cultural suicide” for Romania/Moldova, as all the locals are already busy killing traditional culture as fast as they can get their hands on an iWatch.
And, last but not least, let’s not forget that every single one of the racist/anti-immigrant countries is themselves the source of millions of migrants. Half of Moldova’s population is working abroad, and between 10-15% of Romania’s population is permanently beyond its borders. So why is it okay for a Romanian/Moldovan to be a migrant, but not a Syrian/Eritrean? Bit of hypocrisy, if you ask me. And the same question goes for the Hungarians, who themselves are immigrants from Asia, and now have millions of their people working and living somewhere beyond the borders of Hungary.
But wait! I know some people are saying that migrants are awesome, just as long as they’re not Muslim migrants. To that, all I can say is “try visiting a Muslim country some time”. Guess what? It’s just like the Christians in Romania/Moldova, i.e. it’s mostly just nominal, go to church/mosque once a year (if that), celebrate the party festivals (Christmas/Eid al-Fitr) and skip all the tedious hardcore religious stuff (Lent/Ramadan). Literally 99% of Romanians /Moldovans never crack open a Bible, and hardly anyone under age 60 ever goes to a church for any kind of religious service on a regular basis. Guess what? Same for Muslims. Contrary to what you’ve seen on TV, 99.9999% of Muslims are not fanatics, terrorists, or even give a shit about religion other than when it’s time to get married or buried.
So yeah, I say bring on the migrants! And let’s get some fresh blood, new ideas, tastier food, and awesome new fashion ideas into Eastern Europe, instead of hanging on to stupid old ideas about the past that aren’t even true, such as the fact that not one woman in a traditional Romanian/Moldovan village would’ve worn make-up and lipstick, and yet that’s EXACTLY what every “pure” Romanian/Moldovan woman does today when wearing the national costume on TV or as part of some public performance.
And even if you want to move up to Baia Mare somewhere, and wear homemade clothes, guess what? The migrants won’t bother you. In fact, they might be curious about it and want to try it for themselves. Shocker! :O