“Open Border” Self-Destruction: A Universal Sick-Sociocultural-Cycle (Part Two)


“Open Border” Self-Destruction: A Universal Sick-Sociocultural-Cycle

(Part Two)

In the first installment of this blog I discussed the following main points:

  • Modernity appears to weaken the founding religions of sociocultures, importing other competing religions can do the same.
  • Both modernity and the loss of founding religions are strongly correlated with reductions in a population’s fertility.
  • An increasing aged population and a decreasing young population reduces the labor available to sustain a socioculture.
  • A demand for youthful laborers and perhaps other skills, increases the likelihood that a labor-deprived socioculture will recruit immigrants to fill its needs.
  • The short-term benefit of increased immigration from other sociocultures can satisfy the immediate need for labor, or other personal attributes.
  • Another short-term benefit goes to businesses who hire immigrants and are able to hire them for lower wages than higher-priced citizens.
  • However, the long-term consequences of these factors for the receiving socioculture can be catastrophic.

Mass Immigration can cause severe damage to the receiving socioculture because:

  1. Businesses hiring immigrants at lower wages forces unemployed citizens onto welfare roles and other tax-funded entitlements. The fact that many immigrants will be paid “under-the-table”, and therefore not pay their share into tax revenues, exacerbates this problem.
  2. A large number of immigrants will not find work and they will tend to use various government welfare programs. They will often take menial jobs and be paid “under-the- table”.
  3. Immigrants may bring incompatible and/or competing cultural practices.
  4. Immigrants may bring strong tendencies not to acculturate into the receiving socioculture.
  5. There is strong evidence that multiculturalism all-to-often leads to social conflict and even violence.
  6. Immigrants may be uneducated, diseased, inclined to criminality, or worshiping incompatible/competing religions, thereby stressing and perhaps overwhelming the receiving socioculture’s predominant religion(s) and cultural traditions.
  7. Immigrants will tend to vote-in-unison for the political party that most panders to them, thus corrupting the existing political system.
  8. In the long-run, mass immigration can accelerate the “transformation” (read decline) of  the host socioculture.
  9. This transformation of the already weakened host society is almost certain to lead to an even less viable socioculture.

If immigration is controlled by a socioculture’s rational, short and long term self-interests and  if it focuses upon very compatible immigrants; immigration can strengthen a societies long-term viability.

But always, witness Europe and America for contemporary examples, the results bad immigration policies are severely damaging to the receiving socioculture.

From this emerges the penultimate question: Why has this Sick-Sociocultural-Cycle, of self-destruction by immigration continued through history, with little evidence that sociocultures have learned to avoid it?

In posing this question, I know that I have painted myself into a corner.

Sociocultural evolution is fiendishly and dauntingly complex. This, along with my own personal limitations, insures my failure to fully answer the question I have asked.

Never-the-less, I will provide what I have learned as a psychologist/researcher, a behavior therapist and an old man in hopes of contributing a few missing pieces to this great puzzle.

I hope you will stay-tuned for my next installment on this blog topic…coming soon.

V. Thomas Mawhinney, Ph.D.

8/31/15

P.S., With this particular blog I am celebrating my 1400th posting. I hope you will go to the upper right-hand area of my webpage and search for any topic that may interest interest you. There is now a good chance that you will find that topic here!

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