Editorial. Summer 2016

On May 1st Brussels decided, in effect, to extend the EU border to the frontiers of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Armenia and Georgia. They have offered visa-free travel to the EU to the citizens of Turkey, and are in negotiations to offer the same to the Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, and Kosovo (totalling 125 million people). Meanwhile in return for a fat bribe, refugee migration is to be transferred to Turkey, which is itself sliding into the arms of radical Islam. Not only does this open the way for 500,000 Kurds to leave Turkey and claim asylum in the EU, it will hugely boost the Turkish people-smuggling trade, the most sophisticated in the world.

Britain is protected by the Schengen agreement from suffering the results of this cynical stitch up but if we vote to remain in the EU, at which point we will become perpetual prisoners of the Brussels machine, one can be sure that agreement will be rescinded.

Maybe Brussels is just bowing to the inevitable. Frontiers are outdated. There are too many of us. Fourteen per cent of all the people who have ever lived on earth are alive today. We are 7 billion today heading for an unstoppable 8 billion by 2030, 11 billion by 2100. Like some fantastic self-repairing virus against which there is no antidote, humans are spreading like a plague. We have, thanks to vaccines and antibiotics, shrugged off the chains of evolution – or so we think.

Migrants are now coming as physical tides, smashing down borders to reach the rich industrial lands of the northern EU. The children’s bodies washed up on Greece’s beaches are part of a great flood of humanity, which like the moon pulling the tides, is driven by the forces of overpopulation, war and famine.

This and many future tragedies are caused by the careless spread of western technology. The problem is particularly acute in Arabia where superficially Islam, but in reality testosterone, the availability of women, employment and the price of oil dictate politics. Western medicine has increased the population of young reproductive males throughout the Arab world, but Islam bars most of them from women. Oil buys guns for unemployed, sexually starved males to burn off their frustration in street fighting. Isis, the most extreme of these gangs, is not just a religious movement but packs of stray males indulging in the competitive murder of weaker males and the wholesale rape of women.

In the West we refuse to entertain this stark lesson in animal ethnography. The left clings to the myth of Rousseau’s noble savage, proto-socialist man, standing outside his cave surrounded by ten children. If only the world could return to this ideal state, capitalism would be no more. It is why any talk of contraception by aid agencies is utterly forbidden. The result? During the 1984 famine Ethiopia’s population was 46 million, it is now 80 million and set to rise to 140 million by 2030. When an aid agency was asked what it was going to do about this they replied, ‘We have no plans.’

Capitalism’s answer, on the other hand, is human battery farming. Modern engineering, say its followers, coupled with unfettered capitalism can turn every square cm of the planet to sufficient productive use to support 12 billion people. Most would be crowded into mega-cities like broilers for Christmas, each, as land prices rise, with an ever smaller share of the cage floor, but with sufficient to eat and adequate entertainment. The theory is that as people get richer their fertility rates will fall. Although fertility rates are falling they are not falling fast enough, while production, consumption and pollution are rising steeply. At the very best, experts say, it would be four generations before any form of population control took effect, years in which we would face mayhem of the sort we now see in the Aegean.

Brussels is deluded if it thinks by holding Europe’s door open it can tame the forces of 7th century barbarism. It is why on the 23rd June it will be the time we must tell Berlaymont in no uncertain terms we have to leave. It is a question of biology, of raw survival.

The Salisbury Review – Summer Edition. 50 page magazine published on the 4th June 2016

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