Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Way of the Cuckoo

The common cuckoo has a very simple reproductive strategy. It lays its eggs in the nests of other birds, which then drive out the chicks of that bird's own species. Instead the bird raises the cuckoo's young as its own. The name for this sort of behavior is brood parasitism. Which is a name that we should be very familiar with as our society has fallen victim to it.

Take the case of Arizona. Or so many other US states which are going bankrupt trying to cover the health care and services of illegal aliens and other members of the Democratic party base. Then think about the small bird on the side trying to feed the massive young of another species, who has already murdered its own children. Or consider Europe, where the cuckoo's eggs of the Muslim world are hatching with the full benefits of a socialist system paid for by the very generation most directly victimized by them.

This is the Way of the Cuckoo. It is the way of the Muslim world, whose social stratification and heavy corruption leads to societies with limited room for advancement, even as their population booms continue thanks to Western medicine and Islamic religion. The Muslim world exports that population to the West, where taxpayers fund their reproduction and raise their young. Only to have those same young murder them. And much like the cuckoo's victims, rather than learn our lesson, we just keep repeating the process over and over again.

Whether it's Mexico, whose economy is built on money sent home by illegal aliens working American jobs, or Europe, where the Muslim cuckoos go to bed listening to the discordant music of Islamist preachers, or Israel, where the descendants of Egyptian and Syrian guest workers attracted by the post WW1 boom under the British are being paid to have more children by the Israeli government even as they chant "Death to Israel"-- the problem of the cuckoo can be seen everywhere in the civilized world.

The cuckoo succeeds because its treachery takes advantage of the nutritive instincts of other birds. Similarly the human cuckoos succeed by exploiting our own altruistic and nurturing feelings. And this prevents us from breaking the cycle. The siren song of immigration remains a deeply appealing one for socialists whose economic models can only be balanced out by a surplus of new workers to replace an aging tax base that has come to view socialism's entitlements as a fundamental right. And of course overturning the social order has always been a political boon for the left, which cultivates outsiders as a weapon against insiders. But none of this could succeed without public acceptance. Without millions of people willing to be convinced that raising cuckoo's eggs is their highest moral duty.

To do this, like the birds whose nests fall prey to the cuckoo's eggs, they must play on natural human instincts. And the liberal tool for this has always been the promotion of a non-reciprocal borderless altruism, which you may know by its more popular brand name of "Think Globally, Act Locally." Promoting altruism within a society of course is very different than promoting limitless altruism. Within a society, altruism serves as a social glue binding people together. It discourages excessive monopolization of wealth by the rich and encourages people to see each other as brothers and sisters. However when applied globally by a nation, particularly toward a globe that is not willing to reciprocate, it will destroy that nation. What you get is the Way of the Cuckoo, which takes but doesn't give anything in return.

Liberalism elevates altruism, because it is a useful tool against the upper class, and because it is hostile to the monopolization of money, but not power. This allows the left to monopolize power by encouraging the redistribution of wealth. But money is simply the power to employ energy. It is not money that is at the root of all evil, but power. Specifically power over others. Yet while the left champions the redistribution of wealth, it does this by enforcing the centralization of power. The natural outcome of this is to reverse the social and political gains made through the elevation of a mercantile middle class, while creating a new feudalism based on economic control, rather than religion and the divine right of kings. And what better accessory to a new feudalism than by importing a population from countries whose populations live lives that are as constrained and backward as any feudal despotism.

This brings us to the perversion of immigration. Emma Lazarus' famous poem inscribed on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty is commonly used in the veneration of immigration. But this is done without paying very much attention to the actual words.

"A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles.

Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free

The key phrase here is "yearning to breathe free". Immigration only works when the people immigrating want to do so in order to gain freedom by it. Not when they want to continue living as they did before. Then they are simply a conquering demographic army because rather than participating in an open system, they will try to close it down to suit their own culture and expectations.

That again is the cuckoo problem. Immigration enriched America only so long as those coming aboard wanted a society in which they could have more advancement and opportunities than they could enjoy in their old one. When the people who show up only want a government that covers all their needs and prevents anyone from criticizing their beliefs, then they aren't yearning to breathe free. When additionally they want to tear down the society that exists and replace it with their own language, religion and values-- then they're acting as cuckoo's eggs. And the end result of the cuckoo's eggs hatching is the death of the parent species.

Immigration is the process by which eggs are placed in the nest of another country. If the chicks in the new eggs can coexist and cooperate with the old, then the nation will be perpetuated. On the other hand if they try to kill the chicks of the existing species and dominate then nest, then immigration becomes brood parasitism. Which if left unchecked will destroy the parent species.

That is the crisis that much of the civilized world faces today as their population is being replaced by the cuckoos, from eggs that their own social systems have sat on, warmed and hatched. A false sense of altruism serves as the misplaced instinct dooming these countries, even as cynical lefty politicians exploit the cuckoo's eggs for a short term voting base and solution to socialism's shortfalls, while the long term is still Enoch Powell's rivers of blood.

Birds who wish to survive drive off the cuckoos before they can lay their eggs in their nests. And if not, they toss those eggs out before they hatch. If they fail to do this, then their species will have to make way for the cuckoos.

(Spanish language translation at REFLEXIONES SOBRE MEDIO ORIENTE Y EL MUNDO)


Paul said...

An excellent allegory! But the Sultan falls into his usual obsession with the fake war between "liberals" and "conservatives" as represented by the also fake "two party system". But of course the Republicans are just as liable to nurture cookoo's eggs. Witness the two mediocre immigrant governors in Louisiana and California. We didn't need them, never did. Not for anything. But there they are, pretending to be something better and banging the same old busted drum over how immigration is necessary to sustain the United State.

The Sultan had it right the first time, nurturing is a basic reflex and everyone is vulnerable to it. Especially when immigrants are smart enough to milk the US public for all it's worth. And not just Muslims either.

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

not just as liable, but also liable, as they have different motivations

Mark Penn said...

Keep up the good work. I have pretty muchg given up on most media outlets outside of the internet due to cowardice. Talk Radio is just as bad as they funnel everything into attacking Dems and electing Repubs. Without people like you, I would have nowhere to turn for info.


And, the remedy for this problem is what?

I say the failing lies in applying the desire to nurture and be fair using other people's property rather than your own. In other words, the limitation and safeguard of property rights no longer governs what a person gives.

If your neighbor needs a helping hand, you help him, if you want, depending on your ability to help him - on whether you have time or resources to help him. Notice that the boundary which we now cross in our culture is that your property is not YOUR property. All belongs, willy-nilly, to the State and it uses and disposes you and your property as it sees fit.

This is a failure in observance of one's fundamental individual right - that you own your own life and have a right to it. If you have a right to your life, you are the one who determines how you use and dispose of your own resources and your own energies. Because no one will stand up for this right, it is no longer a barrier to the devouring government. So the myriad voices that want your resources and energies do not have to confront you. They merely scream loud enough or act like a childish idiot bad enough and they get their way by manipulating those in charge of your life to give them your resources and energies.

In other words, we have lost or have never identified and practiced a fundamental moral principle here, and the fault lies not with those that would take advantage of it. It is the fault of us not drawing the line and standing no matter what the costs. When the government takes everything that is yours and you let them, then you are not willing to confront you have already lost your life. You would rather live in the illusion that you still have some power.

Will said...

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The Blogger said...

The cuckoo is not too unlike certain geese:

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...


Thank you. Talk radio has a built in audience and it can be controversial, but not too controversial. It spends too much time boosting, to really recognize the problem. Some like Limbaugh are relatively honest about Republican failings, relatively...

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...


indeed the state over the individual is a major part of the problem, since the state will export populations and shift resources to them, in order to disempower the citizenry

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...


thank you very much. I just try to do what I can to get certain ideas across,

Keli Ata said...

I'm with Mark. I really can't get into talk radio not so much because of the hosts but because of the unfettered rantings of the callers.

I don't have cable and traditional news outlets are boring to no end.

I love your articles--great analysis of the news, comprehensive yet at the same time easy to understand. Where else online or off can we find news articles that are also poetic and pieces of art? That's why I read your blog even before the local news.

It's wonderful to see your articles on the INN homepage. They're front and center!

(still having trouble posting with Blogger and Intranet something or other that is off by default but I keep getting messages about).

Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog said...

Blogger comments are at issue, there are errors all the time

this is a general issue for people

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