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Islamic Chaos Threatens The West

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Submitted by Dave (Canada), Sep 12, 2015 at 18:06

Theoretically, it's true that the refugees fleeing chaos should only be resettled in culturally compatible countries. The fact is, however, that many in the West, infused with a sense of responsibility for their fellow man, are enabling such large-scale immigration that the prosperity, cultural character and safety of the West are increasingly challenged.

This reminds me of a fascinating analysis I once read by classical historian Mikhail Rostovtzeff. To summarize as best I can: He theorized that all civilizations eventually declined because the original animating principles, often conceived by elite founders, became diluted and were lost through overly ambitious expansion. For example, Rome's decline could be traced to its imperial conquests and the subsequent inclusion as citizens of vast numbers of rough people in Europe and Asia who had no previous experience with, or knowledge of, Roman democracy. The impetus for such inclusion can be noble, in that people want to share their civilization's successes with others. But eventually, too many benighted newcomers destroy the system. Unfortunately, history may be repeating itself through the West's immigration policies.

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