"Sustainable" immigration

Singapore has invested heavily in public housing, transport infrastructure and training its citizen workforce to raise manpower productivity in recent years.

These efforts are complemented by welcoming talent from all over the world to make Singapore "a vibrant economic hub", Mr Lee said.

However, he stressed that immigration will have to be politically sustainable for Singapore.

"Sustainable means we can handle the numbers, that we can integrate them into our society," Mr Lee said, "meaning our people are able to adapt to the inflow, and the new immigrants are not so overwhelming that they dilute our core and our values, our ethos of society."

He also said immigration must meet Singapore's practical needs in terms of lifting its low birth rate, and fulfil the country's economic imperatives.

"Because we'll need that range of skills and experiences and talents which no society can generate on its own," Mr Lee said. "You have to get that from all over the world -- Europe, America, China, India. Wherever there are people who have something special to contribute, we think we have to see how they can fit in to Singapore."
My father sent this to me. He has even more of an interest in this sort of thing than I do, for unlike me, he is a permanent resident of Singapore. He worked hard there, built a life for himself and for us there, and basically tries to stay out of people's way for the most part. In other words, he's basically like most Singaporeans, except that unlike most of the current generation of Singaporeans, he didn't grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth, and he isn't completely desensitised to reality through decades of mindless liberal brainwashing. (He sometimes tells me stories about how, during the week of his final exams in high school, he could look out the window of his exam hall and see people rioting in the streets outside his school- and being shot by police. That sort of thing tends to have an effect on a man.)

His opinion on the subject of immigration is similar to mine- though I tend to be a bit more vocal in my opposition to it. We are united in one thing, though- neither of us believes that immigration is a sustainable growth path for Singaporean society, or any other, for that matter. As far as I am concerned, there is absolutely no such thing as "sustainable" immigration. There is only the line between innovation, and invasion.

(On a related note, I would very much like to know what my opposite number from back home thinks about this. Well, actually, I have a rather good idea as to what he'll say, but he writes well and I like reading his work.)

"Growth by immigration" is, quite simply, a long and agonisingly slow path to national suicide. That is ALL it represents. This idiotic notion that inviting in hordes of barbarians and semi-civilised nomads who have no understanding of what it takes to build and maintain a functional civilisation is somehow a Good Thing is a delusion of minds that have convinced themselves, despite all evidence to the contrary, that what is can somehow be overruled by what ought to be. It didn't work for Imperial Rome when they invited tens of thousands of nomadic Germans and Goths to settle on the Empire's borders and then eventually become full-fledged citizens. It didn't work for the Byzantine Empire when, instead of guarding their own borders against the Seljuks, they outsourced that defense to the Varangians from Scandinavia and England. And it sure as hell isn't working for America, sacrificing its own national sovereignty and its own hard-won traditions of individual liberty and economic freedom to appease its tens of millions of illegal immigrants and their descendants.

Now make no mistake, immigration CAN for a short time bring significant economic benefits. It's easy to promote the benefits of immigration when you get your groceries for half price, and you find it cheaper to hire someone who just arrived yesterday from Mexico or Guatemala to mow your lawn and snake your pipes than to do it yourself. We are human, after all; we value our leisure time. But over time, you're going to find that the cons really outweigh the pros. Eventually, you'll find that an alien culture has imposed itself upon your surroundings. If you're a quiet bloke- like me- and you just want to be left alone, then you're going to have a lot of fun dealing with the raucous and noisy Hispanic culture, for instance, once it moves into your neighbourhood. And let's drop all pretence at political correctness for a moment, and acknowledge the fact that the hackles on the backs of our necks go up every time we see a pack of semi-literate, barely civilised black yoofs on the same stretch of sidewalk as us. There is a reason why we cross over to the other side of the road in such situations.

Immigration in very small doses is certainly helpful to a nation. But this nonsensical concept of a "melting pot" does not exist, not here in the United States and certainly not in Singapore. Every time I go back home to see my folks, I see the stress fractures dividing Singaporean society widening a bit further- and this is one of the most artificially harmonious societies anywhere on Earth, where private ownership of weapons is forbidden and the police are everywhere. If a nation of less than 6 million people, living in one of the most surveillance-heavy nations on Earth, cannot make a vibrant, multicultural society work, what in the good Lord's holy name makes you think that you'll be able to make it work in a country of 330 million???

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  1. A melting pot is what a country becomes after immigrants become fully assimilated. This doesn't happen in America anymore so what we get is "multiculturalism". I believe there's a distinct difference.

    That being said, even Plato mentioned that different cultures shouldn't mix. Always leads to disaster.

    A better use of our military-as opposed to stupid, illegal wars-would be to line them up along the border and police the shit out of it. Add plenty of razorwire and some tanks and were good to go.

    I live in Texas and spend quite a bit of time by the border. Its a hellhole. I've taken to calling it "Mexas".

    Anyway, I agree with you, immigration isn't a good idea, on the whole. At this point it's just another way for the government to keep us divided and conquered.

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    1. A melting pot is what a country becomes after immigrants become fully assimilated. This doesn't happen in America anymore so what we get is "multiculturalism".

      True, but the difficulty lies in the fact that this "melting" process takes anywhere from five hundred to one thousand years. That's pretty much how long it took to turn the Goths from the Roman Empire's greatest threat on its borders with Germania into a civilised people capable of actually defending the empire.

      This actually ties in well with your comment about Mexas. The Goths were a warrior race, strong, proud, and fierce; as a result they made excellent troops for the Roman Empire and were instrumental to defending the empire against foreign invasions by the Vandals and later the Huns. The Mexicans invading your southern states are... none of these things. And they tend to vote consistently leftward too. Which means that before very much longer, your southern states will likely either resemble slightly more prosperous versions of Mexico, or break away from the continental US to be re-integrated into an Hispanic superstate of some kind. Neither outcome is particularly appealing, it must be said.

      A better use of our military-as opposed to stupid, illegal wars-would be to line them up along the border and police the shit out of it. Add plenty of razorwire and some tanks and were good to go.

      And with orders to shoot to kill anyone who tries to sneak in without permission. It's only fair, as far as I'm concerned.

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