Reminding people of death strengthens their belief in social and moral progress, especially when those people are not very religious. Hence, in our deconfessionalized time, a growing number of people has substituted genuine religion for a belief in progressive politics.
In his 1971 book Rules for Radicals, left-wing activist Saul Alinsky wrote, “Organization for action will now and in the decade ahead center upon America’s white middle class. That is where the power is.” This line came from the same man who defined the American radical as “that unique person who […] genuinely and completely believes in mankind”. I’m sure Salinsky meant his narcissistic self.
In 1900, about 1.6 billion human beings lived on Earth. One hundred years later, the human species nearly quadrupled to 6.1 billion. Before the end of 2020, we may pass 8 billion, adding in a single generation’s time what had once taken us thousands of years to achieve. But human populations aren’t evenly distributed across the globe. Different geographies, climates and cultures have allowed for different growth rates and different population densities.
Since the day man awoke from the wilderness, he has been pondering the question of how to live in a society with others. What we call society today emerged over five thousand years ago in ancient Mesopotamia, the area located between the Euphrates and Tigris rivers in present-day Iraq.
Writing on the problem of human overpopulation in a 1968 essay titled The Tragedy of the Commons, American ecologist and philosopher Garrett Hardin asked,
“In a welfare state, how shall we deal with the family, the religion, the race, or the class (or indeed any distinguishable and cohesive group) that adopts overbreeding as a policy to secure its own aggrandizement?”
Within twenty to thirty years, civil wars are going to break out throughout Europe, comparable to the wars Spartacus waged against Rome before the collapse of its republic.
“By 2050, only 5 percent of the world will be European.”—Russel Shorto
When mass immigration makes a society more ethnically diverse, the narratives that maintain social order shift from traditional ones to abstract ones. Blood and soil make place for equality and diversity. But when a people becomes too diverse, e.g. when the dominant culture becomes a minority culture, the inevitable realization takes root that one is no longer one people, but many.