Western civilization in decline — Part 1: Danger ahead with cultural and national suicide by Miguel A. Faria, MD

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Western civilization and the American culture of freedom with responsibility face a serious challenge, and very few politicians have the courage and conviction to discuss and explain the nature of this emergent and unspoken crisis. True, we face Islamic jihad and repeated acts of terrorism on the one hand, and a resurgent China, politically, economically and militarily growing stronger, on the other.

We also face the unspoken crisis of quietly committing national suicide, slow death being brought about, not only by rampant illegal immigration and insecure borders, but also, and even more ominously, by a critical loss of population in Western countries and the United States. In short, the citizens of the West no longer seem to believe in their civilization, don’t care about its survival, and are no longer having enough children to sustain what they must consider their doomed Western civilization! At the same time, a cultural suicide is taking place as a result of an unjustified rejection of Western civilization promoted by the left-wing intelligentsia sitting in the ivory towers of academia in conjunction with the progressive, media elite.

World fertility mapAnd yet while fertility rates continue to fall in European countries and the United States, most countries in Africa and Asia with vastly different and more rigid cultures, more authoritarian governments, and less tolerant religions, are having a surplus in population — surges of people that many of these countries have difficulty feeding. Many of these third world nations have large Muslim populations, teeming with young people who, indoctrinated since childhood to hate the West and the American way of life, turn to radicalism and terrorism. The World Map above shows countries by fertility rate. According to The World FactBook (CIA), 2015 estimates, fertility rates are shown in color-coded squares referring to the number of children per woman in that part of the world.

Islam is the fastest growing religion and with over one billion adherents, it recently surpassed Catholicism as the largest religion in the world. Suffice to say that if there was one culture with a veritable population explosion, it is the Islamic East. Muslims emigrate from that part of the world to Europe; others travel to the United States and Canada. Most of them are good immigrants who want a better way of life for their families. Unfortunately, many others are not, and they travel to Western nations, not to celebrate our culture and become part of the melting pot of European and American culture, but to destroy it. The West and the United States are committing cultural and national suicide because of declining population coupled with uncontrolled illegal immigration by people who do not share our heritage and legacy of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Charles Martel“As for the Western Europeans,” essayist and noted scholar Dr. David Stolinsky writes, “the future remains in serious doubt. They need a new Charles Martel [French hero who defeated the Moorish Islamic invaders at the Battle of Tours in 732 and saved Western civilization]. Thus far, none has appeared on the horizon. All we can do is hope, because we can't save them again. We could save Western Europe from Hitler and Stalin, but we can't save it from its own cowardice and spiritual emptiness.”

But why this “emptiness” and rejection of their civilization? Dr. Stolinsky provides an answer: “European welfare states have chronically high unemployment rates. Socialism is good at paying unemployment benefits, but not so great at creating jobs. Job growth in Western Europe is low. With few jobs available, applicants with French names often are preferred. And with generous unemployment benefits, young Muslim men may choose to collect benefits rather than risk repeated rejection of job applications. Socialism fosters a sense of childish helplessness: ‘The government is responsible for my well-being; I'm not.’ ”

Conflict is inevitable when the benefits and largesse of socialism clash with immigrants who come for those benefits while at the same time deeply hating Western culture and civilization that they consider their enemy. Again referring to Western Europe, Dr. Stolinsky further writes: “So what do you get when you combine chronic unemployment, degrading welfare payments, racial and ethnic discrimination, and resistance to integration by both the natives and the immigrants — and then you add a fanatical belief system and a fierce contempt for European culture? You get burning cars, and eventually burning cities.” Therein national suicide follows cultural degradation.

Patrick J. BuchananAnother critical observer who sounded the alarm years ago was Patrick J. Buchanan, but very few listened. In his 2002 book, The Death of the West: How Dying Populations and Immigrant Invasions Imperil Our Country and Civilization, Buchanan describes the cataclysmic consequences of doing nothing. Instead, his warning went unheeded and his message was lost in personal attacks launched against the messenger.

In a related article, Buchanan notes Europe’s decline: “Between now and 2050, Europe will lose 32 million people. Not one European nation has a fertility rate — 2.1 children per woman — sufficient to keep it alive. A quarter of all Europeans are 60 or older.” In contrast, “The Arab-Muslim population of North Africa alone, from the western Sahara and Morocco to Egypt and Sudan, will add 130 million people in 35 years. Egypt will add 60 million, to reach a population of 151 million by 2050. Yet Egypt will still have only the fifth-highest population of Muslims, behind Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India.”

Buchanan is correct. According to Wikipedia no European nation has a total fertility rate above 2.1, the replacement rate for a population and the bare minimum necessary to maintain a civilization. Below are some total fertility rates from the European Union and Russia:

European Union: 1.58 (2014)
Germany: 1.47
France: 2.01
United Kingdom: 1.81
Italy: 1.37
Greece: 1.31
Spain: 1.32
Russia: 1.77 (2015)

Russia at 1.77 has the largest total fertility rate in Eastern Europe. Germany, Italy, Rumania, Greece, Hungary, and several other countries in the EU, not only have fertility rates well below 2.1 but actually had negative population growths, more people dying than live births!

Only Turkey, a secular nation but with an Islamic population, has barely a sustainable population; stradling Europe and Asia, Turkey has a fertility rate that has gone from 2.37 in 2001, up and down, to 2.14 in 2015. Its Islamic largely Arabic neighbors, as we have seen, are a different story.

The United States is not immune to this gradual national demise. Buchanan notes: “Though the U.S. is projected to grow by 67 million people in 35 years, this growth will be wholly among Hispanics, Asians and African-Americans. In each of the past four years, non-Hispanic white Americans have registered more deaths than births.”

Buchanan is once again correct. According to Wikipedia, the U.S. total fertility rate as of the 2010 census is only 1.931. Based on race and ethnicity the total fertility rates for Americans is as follow:

White Americans and White Hispanics:  1.948
Black Americans and Black Hispanics:   1.972
Native Americans and Asians: less than 1.700

Whether America survives as the epitome of Western civilization, as I like to exult it, and as an ideal based on the vision of our founders depends on the degree of assimilation of the newcomers and the achievement of the American dream. In fact, within the United States, only foreign-born Hispanics have a fertility rate above 2.1 at 2.4, followed by immigrant Blacks at 2.35, according to Wikipedia. This melting pot assimilation will depend, though, on controlled and well-ordered immigration allowing for learning and acceptance of American institutions, traditions, values, and cherished ideals.

Over the years Buchanan, unfairly in my opinion, has been harshly criticized and pilloried as a supposed racist and anti-Semite — the heavy price a citizen pays in this country (and in Western social[ist] democracies) for going beyond the prescribed limits of “freedom of speech,” as laid out by the Left and their rules of political correctness (PC). Going against the grain and against the prescribed limits set by the opinion cartel molders of the mainstream liberal media and progressive academia — the 21st century embodiment of George Orwell’s 1984’s Thought Police — can result in personal ridicule, ostracism by colleagues, and dire professional repercussions. This ostracism can be as bad or worse than anything that allegedly occurred in the much-publicized dark days of Hollywood’s blacklisting and persecutions in the 1950s.

In Part 2 of this essay we will discuss the problem further and attempt to discern why hardly any politician is talking, much less trying to solve the problem.

Written by Dr. Miguel Faria

Miguel A. Faria, M.D. is a retired clinical professor of neurosurgery and long time medical editor. He is the author of Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995); Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997); and Cuba in Revolution — Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002). His website is http://www.haciendapub.com

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A similar version of this article appeared in GOPUSA, May 12, 2017, and in The Telegraph (Macon), May 26, 2017.

Copyright ©2017 Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D.

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Declining birth rates in the West.

To this very good article, I would also add the denigration of labor. From time immemorial until about sixty years ago, men could earn a living at common labor. In a labor intensive society, extra bodies, in the form of children, were greatly appreciated. One hundred years ago, a child working on a farm could pay his keep by the age of seven. Now, due to automation and computerization (A&C), A person doing common labor can barely keep up with a comfortable standard of living let alone making it with dependents. Since people of European ancestry are better educated they are more inclined to avoid the economic hardship of raising children. Consequently, we're leading from the bottom.

Wallace Schwam, MD is a retired internist with interests in geriatrics and pharmacology who trained at Duke University. He rated expert in marksmanship in the Army and continues to enjoy hunting and tactical training with handgun, rifle and shotgun. He is a frequent contributor to Doctors For Responsible Gun Ownership (DRGO).

Great article!

I agree with this article. It could not have been said better!---P. Coutinho

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backpacker:Dr. Faria, you hit the nail on the head. Excellent commentary!!!!!!! As our country becomes more secular and we throw Judeo-Christian beliefs out of our country, what happens? Crime, drugs, lawlessness, destruction of property with no consequences!!!!!!!

Ituser: And as long as democrats and libtardism in our schools keep fostering this mentality in our kids, THAT then go on to breed more idiots, who then go to the same schools and get indoctrinated into the same libtard mindset, things WONT’T change for the better.

We have gone from a nation of people who STRIVED to excel, to a nation of people who see no benefit in striving, cause everyone gets rewarded, and those who whine and throw tantrums the most are the most rewarded of them. We have changed from a nation of CAN DO people, to a nation of “Who’s going to do for me cause i can’t be bothered to do for myself”.

And liberalism has shifted us from a nation of people who would stand up and call out evil for that it is, to a nation where people are scared of saying something that might in some screwed up way get twisted and BASHED back at you by the lame stream media and social media…

maximusprime1:I am worried about my grand kids b/c of this fertility rate. I did pay attention to Buchanan but way too many ppl are NOT having kids today. They enjoy their lifestyle of work and play around the globe. Only recently have some of my relatives mentioned the danger of travel around the globe. You mean I can’t go to France anymore? Even in USA ppl are now starting to wake up to the mayhem in the streets of many cities. I am not optimistic TODAY, because by time they figure it out it will be too late. I hope I am wrong.

Dido: This low fertility rate is desolating Europe and one wonders if Angela Merkle allowed the one million Moslem refugees to Germany because of that nation’s incapacity to maintain its population!

Ituser:If that was the case, she practically HANDED Germany to the Sharia state on a platter.