Very good points you bring up, but having re-read your comments a few times, I’m rather flummoxed with what to say.
But before I start, I should point out that although there’s a lot of grey area here, when I mention xenophobic, I’m referring to the hardliners who accept nobody but their kind. With your talk about people in the street, although perhaps I’m wrong, I envision a bunch of people who don’t have much of a clue as to what’s ultimately going on, and just want to maintain normality. But normality is going the way of the dodo bird, for everybody.
Me, I’m from the 'burbs north of Toronto, so the only culture I can really say I grew up with is fossil-fuelled consumer culture. That way of life is coming to an end, and I imagine people will ultimately be evacuating the place where I grew up rather than gravitating towards it. Where are they going to go? Who are they possibly going to run over?
Likewise with the (middle-class) Syrians evacuating their homeland. As Nafeez Ahmed pointed out a couple of years ago, their oil supply peaked a few years earlier, which was their major export. As well, they’re going through a major drought. So an overpopulated land, made possible due to fossil fuels and all its manifestations, is being evacuated by those rich enough that can afford early tickets out. Once the even bigger stampede starts, where are they going to go? Who are they going to overrun?
You say that “there is plenty that can be done to defend the other people’s homes that are being invaded.” Really? I have no idea what that would be besides having a massive body of water between you and them (as is the case with New Zealand, where I currently am, but will be leaving in a few weeks). Other than that I can only imagine machine guns and the like as fences aren’t going to cut it.
You say next that:
western Europe has been singularly unwilling to defend the cultures that “have been here first” and bends over backwards to favor the newcomers from far away lands. I don’t have a good analysis of this, but find it extremely troubling.
I think John Michael Greer explained this very well two weeks ago when he said that:
Whether allowing mass immigration to the United States is a good idea or not, it’s fair to say that sharply limiting the number of legal immigrants and then turning a blind eye to illegal immigration lands us in the worst of both worlds. The only people who benefit from it are the employers who get to pay substandard wages to illegal immigrants, and the privileged classes whose lifestyles are propped up thereby.
It’s all been in the name of growth and keeping up business as usual (read: the fractional-reserve, Ponzi scheme banking system).
In effect, once things get hairy, out pops those who blame all the troubles on immigrants, when really it was business as usual that effectively brought them in in the first place.
Perhaps I was incorrect in inciting “the good life,” and should have stated that they’re blindly going to wherever seems prosperous and to places where people seem to have things figured out (but don’t, and just aren’t on the front lines of current and upcoming crises).
Sure, in Canada the natives are called First Nations, and it does imply something, but it’s all lip service and is actually a very bad example to use. Their cultures and ways of life have been decimated, replaced much too often with many young women turning to prostitution who then are then disappeared and murdered, and young men sniffing gasoline. Their land is often ripped away from them, razed for tar sands extraction and such, the recompense being a casino or two. People may talk admirably about the natives, but really, they got the ass end of the deal.
What we’re facing is a world of 7 billion people which is quite possibly overpopulated by several billion. With fossil fuels now peaking, and which made most of those 7 billion lives possible, well…
To say then that European ways of life are somehow above all this is rather short sighted. Not only that, but I would venture to guess that even if there wasn’t any refugee crisis to speak of, those European people you speak of are going to be in for a rude awakening nonetheless. I imagine their way of life is more resilient than the one I grew up with, but not by much.
Perhaps you might want to read my four-part series on authentic multiculturalism that I wrote last year, starting off with Culture and the Land.