Abolishing Germany – lessons for Australia
Thilo Sarrazin, the German banker whose recent book Deutschland schafft sich ab (Germany Abolishes Itself) upset the politically correct new class in that country, yesterday told The Bolt Report that Australia is better placed to avoid the kind of problems that have beset his country.
When asked by presenter Andrew Bolt yesterday how Germany is being abolished, Sarrazin identified three problems.
“The first way, the Germans have a very low birth rate,” he said.
“It means every generation is 35 per cent smaller than the generation before. The German population is shrinking.
“Secondly, the brightest people get the fewest children, so the intellectual potential of the society, it shrinks even more.
“And thirdly, the kind of immigration that we have in Germany does not solve these problems, unlike in Australia, it aggravates them because we have mostly immigrants from Africa and the Middle East of the Muslim faith and these immigrants have substantial difficulties in integrating themselves even in the second or third generations.
“And if these trends continue, Germany will not only shrink in its population, it will lose the present abilities and it will become less and less German, or less and less European, in every generation.”
Bolt asked Sarrazin if he could see the same kinds of problems in other countries.
There is a similar problem in Great Britain, France, Italy and the Netherlands, Sarrazin said, but the low birth rate in Germany aggravated the situation.
While the birth rate in France is about two children per mother, in Germany it is only 1.3, he said.
“Our problems are completely different to Australia because Australia, as I have learned, has a quite stable birth rate of about two children per mother and the structure of immigration is quite different in Australia.
“You get your immigrants mostly from the Far East – Indian immigrants, immigrants of Chinese origin, the British immigrants, you get the skilled,” Sarrazin said.
Some Australian commentators are not as confident about Australia’s future.
Recently, Merv Bendle pointed to ways in which the Australian situation parallels that of Europe.
“Will Australia follow the same path into social and cultural disintegration and decline that Dr Sarrazin sees overwhelming Germany?” Bendle asked in a 22 July post on Quadrant Online.
“While there are many economic and demographic differences between Australia and Western Europe, there are also many similarities, especially in relation to the aggressive and intrusive role played by the state and its adoption and implementation of the same range of vastly expensive social democratic and welfare state policies that have brought Europe to its knees – which is, of course, exactly the posture that the New Class and the intelligentsia would like to see us all adopt.”
Bendle also listed examples of similar “self-initiated separatist strategies” in Australia, pointing to suburbs in Australian cities “that have been deliberately made into ghettos where outsiders are harassed, abused and even assaulted.”