From John Ray's shorter notes
January 01, 2019
Is America's future Brazilian?
A flow of illegal immigrants into a European country can be stopped. Australia has done it and so have the Eastern European countries. And in all those cases it was a strong popular will to stop the flow that spurred the politicians into action.
America is not so lucky. The popular will is less easy to discern in America because of the great fractionation of the population. There are two large minorities and a deranged Left that have much different views from white GOP voters. So the politicians have little incentive to risk any political capital by doing anything.
That is very clear from the fact that after two years in charge of both houses the GOP has done precisely nothing to give Trump his wall or the revised laws he needs to control immigration. America is steadily becoming more Hispanic regardless of anything Trump or anyone else can do. Even if he gets his wall there will be other ways they can get in and the "catch and release" policy that ICE follows means that once they are in they can stay in. So unless by sheer force of personality Trump can get useful immigration controls of some sort implemented, nothing will change.
And the Hispanics bring with them Hispanic political attitudes. And we see only too clearly in Latin America the kind of politics that Hispanic attitudes lead to: Economic and social chaos and outright Fascism at times. Only Chile remains prosperous and peaceful as a legacy of the Pinochet reforms. So as Hispanics become the majority in the USA we can expect more and more of disastrous Hispanic politics and criminality in the USA too.
And that is already underway. The basic fault of Latin American politics is the appeal of socialism. Few Hispanics can long resist the siren song of taking from the rich to give to the poor. They are instictive socialists. So Latin America repeatedly passes laws aimed at achieving that. And national impoverishment regularly follows such a system. So America faces a Hispanic future that is poor, corrupt and vicious. Poverty creates anger, anger creates lawlessness and it is just a big downwards slide from then on.
So that must be pretty depressing to U.S. whites of British and European origin. They have created an exceptional country only to see supine politicians let it all gradually go to rack and ruin. Their own personal future is threatened and bleak.
But how bleak is it? Brazil offers some hope. Whites are already in a minority there so they have already arrived at where the USA is heading. The CIA says that the Brazilian population is white 47.7%, mulatto (mixed white and black) 43.1%, black 7.6%, Asian 1.1% and indigenous 0.4%. Note that what Brazilians refer to as "pardos" (mulattos) would be referred to in the USA simply as "blacks". By that standard, Brazil is over 50% black.
And the white ancestry there is mainly Portuguese, which is different from the Spanish we see in the rest of Latin America. And as Brazilians often boast, Brazil is something of a melting pot (Remind you of anywhere?) with people from all over the world in addition to the original Portuguese. Perhaps for that reason, they do seem to be less socialist than the Hispanics. Like the USA, many whites are socialistically inclined but many are not. And the new Bolsonaro government would seem to be some token of greater conservatism in Brazil.
So how do whites live in Brazil? Some are poor of course but there is a substantial middle class who live lives not much different from middle class people in the developed world. There are a lot of gated communities with condos in them that are pretty similar to American condos. There is in other words pronounced housing segregation: Modern middle class accomodation combined with large areas of barely livable shacks in the same city. Some blacks live well but most don't while most whites live well but some don't.
What has happened in Brazil is that the whites run just about everything in the country and they have made sure that whites have access to the education and opportunities generally that enable a broadly Western lifestyle. If a little loophole in some regulation is needed, that can be provided and most legislation about 'morality" is effectively anti-black and pro-white. And too bad about the non-white half of the population. They have to make their own way if they can
So why don't the poor rebel? Mainly because the whites control everything -- such as the media and the armed forces -- that would enable a revolution -- and they ensure that no revolution happens. And one way they keep the peace is by an official doctrine of tolerance -- emphasizing that people of any origin can rise up, make a success of themselves and join the ranks of the middle class: A Brazilian version of the American dream, in other words. And as in America, the numbers who do actually rise into a higher station are few. But is is a helpful national myth.
Everything I have just said is very broad brush but the salient point is that an outnumbered European population can still mostly live a good life if they are capable people -- so American whites have less to fear than you might think from the prospect of being outnumbered by Hispanics. They are likely still to rule the roost and have their affairs organized the way they like it, with the Hispanics going to hell in their own way -- JR
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