Monday, September 1, 2014

Mangan on what a nation is for.

There are a lot of reasons for it, but in contrast to most countries, we in the West have come to think that the purpose of a country, and the government of a country, is to benefit mankind in general instead of the actual people of that country. To most of humanity, that's an absurd idea. Countries like Japan, Israel, Korea (both halves), Mexico, etc., all believe that the welfare of their own people comes first. In theory, at least (though one might disagree with their strategies), that's the purpose of all their government policies, domestic and foreign.

Taking the most Western of the major Western countries — The United States, France, and the UK — it would seem that their policies are the opposite. Domestically, they seem to concentrate on welcoming and benefiting immigrants above everything else. The adverse impact on their own citizens doesn't seem to matter to their governments. And as for foreign policy, all these countries seem to be obsessed with improving things in other countries, most especially the Third World. Of course, their policies often don't benefit these other countries at all, but that's almost always the stated reasons for their intervention in them, diplomatically, economically, and militarily.

But dissident groups in the West want to change that. Hungary is a good example. Mangan writes:

Novel idea: a nation belongs to its citizens

WSJ: Hungary’s Orban Bashes Liberal Immigration Policy (HT reader Valkea):
Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday lashed out against immigration, setting one of the main policy objectives of his next term in power after winning parliamentary elections in April.

“The goal is to cease immigration whatsoever,” said Hungary’s prime minister. “I think the current liberal immigration policy, which is considered obvious and morally based, is hypocrite,” Mr. Orban said.

At a meeting with Hungary’s ambassadors to foreign countries on Monday, Mr. Orban recited part of his speech in Ypres, France at the European Union prime ministers’ summit and commemoration of the World War One centenary.

There he said he wanted to include in the leaders’ joint statement that immigration is wrong, and Europe’s aim is to cease immigration.

I don't know that I'd go so far to say that immigration is (always and everywhere) wrong, 
but certainly under the present circumstances it leaves much to be desired. Go ask 
the residents of Rotherham, Oxford, Leeds, and now Manchester, and presumably other 
British cities.

What a novel idea, that a nation should be run for the benefit of its citizens.

Immigration is turning Europe into, well...

[illustration]

Instead, Orban wants to, gasp, try to increase Hungary's birthrate.
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Read the whole thing, and see the illustration, here:
http://mangans.blogspot.com/2014/08/novel-idea-nation-belongs-to-its.html
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Quibcag: The girl is the Hungarian figure from Hetalia: Axis Powers (Axis Powers ヘタリア).

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