By European Standards, Macron Is Courageous

By European Standards, Macron Is Courageous, by John Hinderaker.

During the French presidential election, Emmanuel Macron didn’t impress me. He seemed like the mother country’s version of Justin Trudeau. But earlier this month, he scandalized proper opinion in the EU with some straight talk about Africa: …

“The challenge of Africa is totally different, much deeper, it is civilization today.” He cited failed states trafficking in drugs, weapons, humans, and cultural property, Islamic terrorism, and said for a kicker: “when countries have still today 7 to 8 children per woman, you can decide to spend billions of euros, you stabilize nothing.”

I am not sure why this is considered shocking. When millions of inhabitants flee Continent A, entrusting their fates to criminals and risking their lives in inadequate boats in hopes of reaching Continent B, it is blindingly obvious that Continent B is a much better place than Continent A. Such drastic superiority can only be the result of a superior culture, as manifested, inter alia, in superior civic institutions.

Macron touched the third rail. He drew immediate, international censure for his antiquated views, insulting Africa, and white European supremacism. Macron is France’s new roi soleil. … Finally, in Foreign Policy Remi Adekoya posed the question, “Is It Racist to Say Africa Has ‘Civilizational’ Problems?”

Yawn. Are there really people who believe that serious conversation about the relationship between Europe and Africa can be shut down by yammering about “racism”?

The possible impact of sub-Saharan African demography and migrations in 21st century Europe is “almost too overwhelming to contemplate,” says a world-traveled London banker I know….

The population of sub-Saharan Africa is exploding. That is naturally a concern to European politicians who assume that they can’t put limits on immigration from that continent. One way or another, of course, the future belongs to those who have children. …

Europe obviously can’t survive in anything like its present form if it welcomes all the Africans who want to live there and are able to wash up on its shores. For practical purposes, there is no end to that migration if the floodgates are open: currently, the population of Africa is 1.2 billion and rising rapidly, while the population of Europe is 743 million and, but for immigration, stagnant.

For Europe, African immigration is an existential question. It is good to see that at least one major EU leader is willing to talk about it.