For reasons not altogether clear even to me, I’m visiting the Baltic states over the next couple of weeks. From north to south they are Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. All three suffered under the former Soviet Union and were among the first of the Soviet Republics to seek their independence during its slow motion collapse.
In Tallinn, the capital of Estonia where I’m starting out, you can feel a fading Russian presence, along with what seems like new cultural and economic growth. Estonia is said to be “the most modern” of the three Baltic states, something that doesn’t appeal to me instinctively. Modern is usually a word for sterile, flat, ahistorical, with a certain social sense of trying too hard, often by aping some fad in the West. But given how backwards life was under the Communists, is it really my place to begrudge them conveniences? Probably not.
I was amused by my taxi driver who seemed to embody a comment I saw online: Estonians in fact are warm people but coming out of a society where the wrong word to a friend or colleague could cause serious trouble, they’re not naturally forthcoming among strangers. My ride to the flat I’m renting, in Old Town (free advice: always stay in the oldest place possible) passed in complete silence as I took in the view of this city new to me. She said hello at the start and goodbye at the end and that was that. Sorry readers: unlike Paul Krugman’s taxi drivers, mine never have the answers to world peace.
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Estonia doesn’t need diversity. At all. It’s doing just fine, thank you. I’m not sure when this dawned on me but once it did the thought couldn’t be undone. In fact, the most heretical thing you can believe these days is not only that diversity isn’t needed, it’s positively damaging for those cultures and nations upon whom it is forced by an illegitimate elite that hate themselves.
How would this proud nation benefit from hundreds of thousands of backwards Pakistanis suddenly being injected into it, for example? About as well as the UK, with its grooming gangs of rapists, female genital mutilation, acid attacks and now, vibrantly, knife attacks. In what ways does this help the people who diversity is said to make stronger? Pick any large ethnic group and ask yourself the same question about their value in a modern Western country. In my view, the results are the same, varying only by degrees.
True, Minnesota doesn’t have rape gangs, yet, or acid attacks, yet, but you can get stabbed shopping at the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud because apparently you are to be hated by proxy. We do have female genital mutilation, however, but you’ll be the problem for questioning why it is we as a nation would import wholesale the kinds of people who think this is normal, fine, to be admired and defended.
Estonia not needing diversity doesn’t mean I don’t have my pick of the culinary litter. Have people ever heard of recipes? Or of letting small numbers of individuals immigrate who actually add to the host culture instead of destroy it? Do I want Indian? Got it. Chinese, Italian, French, or, spin the lazy Susan platter, any other kind of food? Yes, I have all those options. This isn’t an argument for “diversity.”
Like any good traveler, I try to eat what the locals do and here Estonia doesn’t disappoint. But food choices should hardly be the barometer of success for the kinds of people any nation willingly lets into its country. This used to be a commonplace observation, unremarkable, even banal. Now having good kebabs is trotted out as the reason for why tourists to Barcelona should put up with being run down on Las Ramblas walkway. You object to this, you’re called names for it, you’re even told it isn’t happening that much. Gaslighting as an art, perfected by the Regressive Left and Cultural Marxists.
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The Dalai Lama, of all people, recently said the truth: “Europe belongs to the Europeans.” By this he means white people and there’s no one the Left hates more than white people. The “diversity” project is designed to denigrate, ultimately destroy and hopefully replace demographically, white people. As Ann Coulter has said, if what has been done demographically to white people in America had been done to any other people, it would be called genocide.
Only when it comes to white people can an ethnicity not take pride in it’s own accomplishments, it’s literal civilizational accomplishments, it’s countries most of the world seems to want to come to, despite a daily deluge of other shades of God’s children doing the same. I sometimes tweet: “White People Rock™” but no Leftist challenges me because they know that I believe all people rock and they do.
Identity politics is poison, designed to denigrate certain people and elevate, often unjustifiably, other people, all the while demanding that only certain people can speak and that those whose notice be silenced. By design, it destroys any nation’s idea of a cohesive polity. For those who promote it, that is the raison d’état.
Fortunately, this doesn’t work anymore and accounts for as much, if not more, than Trump winning for the Left’s unhinged reactions the last several years. The Left believes they’re entitled to tell you how to think and are warranted in using the forces of the police state to punish you if you don’t obey. They want you silent and complicit in the destruction of your own country, your own culture, the betrayal of your ancestors, your Christian faith and the bankruptcy of your children’s patrimony.
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Every country deserves to continue as it is. There is no need for some weird disfiguration as is called for, demanded by, its so called elites. Those from failed countries need to be helped in making their countries great again. If their forced presence adds to the countries in the West, surely greatness, as well as charity, requires us to tell them to stay at home and work their magic there. From what I’ve read, they’re very vibrant. Let them be so in situ.
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The Baltics, it seems to me, is much like Central Europe, in that these countries know their history and are proud of it. It’s okay to be white. They have no need for large numbers of the world’s dispossessed. Help them, surely, but don’t think they are integral to your identity as a nation state in the modern age. They aren’t.
Diversity on a large scale is damaging, something awful, which is why the Regressive Left seeks to inflict it upon us. It is also why people who dissent from that ridiculous orthodoxy are attacked. Tucker Carlson comes to mind.
This should encourage the rest of us to fight for their countries as founded. It can’t be left to our children, the battle is ours. Traveling to countries which, without saying a word, realize this is edifying. They’re not wrong and neither are you.
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In addition to Alpha News, John Gilmore is also a contributor to The Hill. He is the founder and executive director of Minnesota Media Monitor.™ He blogs at MinnesotaConservatives.org and is on Twitter under @Shabbosgoy. He can be reached at John@alphanewsmn.com