Reflections on the Revolution In Europe

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-13
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This provocative and unflinching analysis of Europe's unexpected demographic revolution focuses on the increasingly assertive Muslim populations shaping the continent's future.

Author Biography

[author photo]CHRISTOPHER CALDWELL is a columnist for the Financial Times, a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and a senior editor at the Weekly Standard. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Table of Contents

Rivers of bloodp. 3
The rights and wrongs of Enoch Powellp. 4
How much immigration is there?p. 8
Muslim immigrationp. 9
Europe's population problemp. 13
Civilization and decadencep. 16
Diversity is overratedp. 18
Can you have the same Europe with different people?p. 20
The Immigrant Economyp. 23
How postwar migration came aboutp. 23
The unprecedented scale of recent immigrationp. 27
The capitalist argument: Rescuing moribund industriesp. 31
Jobs nobody wantsp. 34
The socialist argument: Rescuing the welfare statep. 37
Who Is Immigration For?p. 43
Good immigrants and badp. 44
Is immigration for natives or immigrants?p. 46
Welfare and white flightp. 48
Polish plumbersp. 52
Barcelona or deathp. 54
The duty of hospitalityp. 59
Asylum and human rightsp. 61
Asylum and democracyp. 65
Fear Masquerading as Tolerancep. 68
Neutrality and political correctnessp. 70
The criminalization of opinionp. 73
Grievance groupsp. 77
Diversity and self-loathingp. 82
Second-class citizensp. 84
Ethnic Coloniesp. 91
Europe's historic understanding of Islamp. 91
Muslim populations, present and futurep. 95
Rejuvenation of run-down neighborhoodsp. 98
Architecture and segregationp. 99
Lawless zonesp. 102
Segregation or self-segregation?p. 104
Spaces of shariap. 108
Violence, crime, and riotingp. 111
The banlieue riots and Islamp. 115
Tribalism, ideology, and escalationp. 117
An Adversary Culturep. 120
Jus soli and jus sanguinis, assimilation and integrationp. 121
The illusion of diversityp. 125
Islam as a hyper-identityp. 129
Dual loyaltyp. 131
Humiliation and Islamophobiap. 135
Muslims and U.S. blacksp. 139
Europe's Crisis of Faithp. 142
Religious resurgencep. 143
Islam and European believersp. 144
Islam and European unbelieversp. 148
Benedict XVI: New ideas about belief and unbeliefp. 151
Western sympathy with, and conversion to, Islamp. 154
The European model of managing religionp. 157
Organizing religious bodiesp. 161
Freedom of religion = Freedom of Islamp. 164
The Danish cartoon crisisp. 167
Rules for Sexp. 172
Sexual freedom as a non-negotiable European demandp. 173
Virginity and violencep. 175
Islam or custom?p. 178
The appeal of shariap. 180
Arranged marriagesp. 183
The Danish marriage lawp. 187
Controversies over the headscarfp. 189
The French veil lawp. 193
Compulsory liberationp. 195
The West
Tolerance and Impunityp. 203
Political self-assertion as a turning pointp. 204
Intimidation and self-defensep. 207
The politics of terrorp. 210
Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionismp. 212
˘The Communism of the twenty-first century÷p. 217
Resistance and Jihadp. 221
Poverty, occupation, lost grandeur, and other grievancesp. 222
Islam and violencep. 226
˘Islam is peace÷p. 229
Moderate Muslimsp. 232
Tariq Ramadan and double languagep. 237
Resistance and jihadp. 242
Liberalism and Diversityp. 246
Immigration, Islam, and the European Unionp. 247
The project to bring Turkey into Europep. 250
Pim Fortuyn and the weakness of the Westp. 252
˘Rightism÷ and ˘fascism÷ in the context of immigration and Islamp. 256
The Danish People's Partyp. 259
Nicolas Sarkozy and the strength of the republicp. 261
Affirmative actionp. 265
Survival and Culturep. 269
Europe's duty to the worldp. 270
European emancipation from Americap. 273
The American model of a multiethnic society, and the Ottoman modelp. 276
From ˘Islam is peace÷ to ˘Love it or leave it÷p. 281
Two types of utilityp. 284
Bibliographyp. 287
Notesp. 292
Indexp. 341
Acknowledgmentsp. 365
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Chapter 1: Rivers of Blood

The rights and wrongs of Enoch Powell--How much immigration is there?--Muslim immigration--Europe's population problem--Civilization and decadence-- Diversity is overrated--Can you have the same Europe with different people?

Western Europe became a multiethnic society in a fit of absence of mind. Mass immigration began--with little public debate, it would later be stressed--in the decade after the Second World War. Industries and government in Britain, France, Germany, the Low Countries, and Scandinavia set up programs to recruit manpower to their booming postwar economies. They invited immigrants. Some of the newcomers took positions, particularly in heavy industry, that now look enviably secure and well-paid. But others worked in the hardest, most thankless, and most dangerous occupations that European industry had to offer. Many had been loyal colonial subjects, and had even borne arms for European powers.

Europe became a destination for immigration as a result of consensus among its political and commercial elites. Those elites, to the extent they thought about the long-term consequences at all, made certain assumptions: Immigrants would be few in number. Since they were coming to fill short-term gaps in the labor force, most would stay in Europe only temporarily. Some might stay longer. No one assumed they would ever be eligible for welfare. That they would retain the habits and cultures of southern villages, clans, marketplaces, and mosques was a thought too bizarre to entertain.

Almost all of the assumptions with which mass immigration began proved false. As soon as they did, Europe's welcome to the world's poor was withdrawn--at first ambiguously, through the oratory of a few firebrand politicians in the 1960s, then explicitly through hard-line legislation against immigration in the 1970s. Decade in, decade out, the sentiment of Western European publics, as measured by opinion polls, has been resolutely opposed to mass immigration. But that is the beginning, not the end of our story. The revocation of Europe's invitation to immigrants, no matter how explicit it became, did little to stem their arrival. As the years passed, immigration to Europe accelerated. At no point were Europeans invited to assess its long-term costs and benefits.

The rights and wrongs of Enoch Powell

On April 20, 1968, two weeks after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the race riots that it sparked in Washington and other U.S. cities, the British Tory parliamentarian Enoch Powell made a speech at the Midland Hotel in Birmingham that has haunted the European political imagination ever since. Powell was talking about the arrival, modest up to that point, of "coloured" former colonial subjects, primarily from the Indian subcontinent but also from the Caribbean. At the time, this migration had changed the face of only a very limited number of urban neighborhoods. Powell implied that the long-term consequence would be ghettoes like the ones in America that were burning as he spoke. "We must be mad," he said, "literally mad, as a nation, to be permitting the annual inflow of some 50,000 dependants, who are for the most part the material of the future growth of the immigrant-descended population. It is like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre." Citing the poet Virgil, Powell warned, "I seem to see 'the River Tiber foaming with much blood.'"

Half a year later, in the course of an even more ominous speech to the Rotary Club of London, he warned that, should immigration proceed at the current pace,

"the urban part of whole towns and cities in Yorkshire, the Midlands and the Home Counties would be preponderantly or exclusively Afro-Asian in population. There would be several Washingtons in England. From those whole areas the indigenous population, the people of England, who fondly imagine that this is their

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