A politically-correct elite against a fed-up public

IMG_9945-Thilo Sarrazin
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This is how the likes of Geert Wilders hijacks meaningful conversations on immigration and integration.  When a chasm the size of New Zealand’s newly torn fault line exists between what politically-correct politicians and media say, and what the Joe Schmo thinks, then these populist telling-it-as-it-is ideas begin to take hold.

What I’m getting from this Newsweek take on the Sarrazin non-sense sweeping Germany, is that one, Germany refuses to acknowledge its long-term negligence and mistakes made on immigration and integration policies.  As a result, Germany’s post-war repentance took on a wildly ignorant and politically correct tone which confused racial equality and tolerance with recognizing disadvantaged and left-behind communities for what they are, disadvantaged and increasingly left behind.

And two, politicians and media cannot effectively deal with this underclass of mostly immigrant citizens, and refuses to acknowledge what is in plain sight – that is, their low economic and social status.  I understand the nuances required in separating the underlying social problems from their attached communities, but that’s what politicians are paid to do.

So far, it looks to me as though they are only capable of doing one of two things.  One, blaming poor development in the Turkish/Arab communities in Germany (and Turkish/Moroccan communities in the Netherlands) on Islam.  Or two, pointing the finger on politicians on the other side of the table and calling them Hitler, and thereby exempting themselves from meaningful discussions on the wider social problems and policy mistakes made in the past, possibility by their own parties.

Many people have said that this is all but a distraction from the real economic and demographic challenges that Europe faces.  No doubt, Europe could very well harvest this “crisis” into an opportunity and benefit from the younger demographic profiles of their immigrant communities.

But I would say that when you have 10-20% percent of your population in a politically provoked, socially isolated, and economically unfulfilled state, those countries are out of balance.  In Brussels, Moroccan youths are (from reliable friends that live there) wreaking havoc in Arabic neighbourhoods – everything from petty theft and property vandalism to rioting against the police.

On the other hand, Belgium is also a country where most white-collar work places have no (not a little, but none whatsoever) people of colour, despite a good 15-20% of their compatriots being non-white.  It says something about the society when most native Belgians have never encountered a non-European co-worker, instead only interacting with the immigrant underclass through their jobs as office cleaners, grocers, and other lowly menial jobs.

But back to Sarrazin, is it then any surprise that most Germans support him and his views?

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