A NEW disease is abroad in eastern Germany: Frauenmangel, lack of women. In some towns there are only 75 young women for every 100 young men. In one or two there are as few as 40. The effects are worrying, not only because populations may shrink but also because of the existence of a growing underclass of young men who are partnerless, underqualified and jobless.
Dear me, what’s this dread disease? Is it some problem with childbirth? Some unsecured bioweapon from the old DDR days? Are we about to live an inverse version of Y: The Last Man? Tell me, for God’s sake, what evil has led to the decimation of the female population of the former East Germany? The fate of life as we know it may hang in the balance!
Girls are more studious than boys, so they get better qualified and migrate west to find both partners and jobs. The boys lack role models at home, where fathers are often unemployed, and at school, where teachers are mostly female. Young men now account for 65% of German high-school dropouts.
Oh. Feminism. Right.
You see — funny story — given the choice between staying in an area with a battered economy and no hope of a decent life, women who have the choice often, you know, move somewhere else where they can live a better life.
I know, I know, they should be forcibly repatriated and made to conceive white children, but those damn feminists think that women shouldn’t be forced into marriage. Crazy, I know.
Now, one can certainly argue that more needs to be done to bolster the economy in eastern Germany, but only Mark Steyn can take what appears to be a serious question of economics and turn it into an alarm that the Europeans are Eurofleein‘!
Few countries have ever been less in need of lebensraum.
Ha ha! And that’s a bad thing, see, ’cause when Germany last claimed to need lebensraum, they started a war that killed tens of millions, including six million Jews!
Oh. Wait, that’s not funny.
The New Republic‘s hit piece on the NR cruise may think the thesis of my book is racist drivel…
Well, that could be because it’s racist drivel.
…but the UN population division agrees with its statistical foundation: Eastern Germany and Eastern Europe are in steep population decline; Western Germany and Western Europe are in rapid population transformation. And as the UN says, what’s underway is without parallel in human history.
Ah, yes, the old demographics equal destiny canard.
You see, Mark, the best way to create a bulwark against Eurabia — not that it’s coming anytime soon, mind you, but let’s pretend it is — would be to strengthen liberal democratic ideals such as freedom of religion and freedom of speech. A secular government is far less likely to turn into a Muslim government than a Christian government is. The former change requires a wholesale change of system; the latter simply requires redecorating the churches.
While you’re at it, push for more rights for women and gays and minorities — rights given now will be hard to take away in the future. If you do it right, by the time the evil brown-skinned masses are the majority in Europe, they’ll be so thoroughly westernized that they wouldn’t dream of changing things up. Oh, many will still be Muslim…but western society has managed to work with Christians and Jews and Buddhists and Hindus and Unitarians and Pagans and even atheists. I think it will survive Islam as well.
Then again, you could follow Steyn’s advice and try to make Europe more like Saudi Arabia, by forcing women to breed and curtailing the “decadence” that the evil brown ones hate so. That may seem like purest idiocy, but the plan has one salient feature: when the scary Muslims finally reestablish their caliphate in Paris, they won’t have to change the laws at all.