Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Changing the Demographics

An interesting article by an orthodox Jew

Winning the Demographic War and the Culture War - by Daniel Greenfield

If anyone is debating whether or not to homeschool their children, this article should convince you of the value of doing so.

And I think of a young couple, the husband having asked me for advice on a spiritual director. Our conversation wandered over many rabbit trails, but I think the end result was our agreeing that Yes, he does need to move his family to live where they will be supported in raising their children as orthodox Catholics. Which means, these days, turning away from the cultural influences of schools, television, internet, and any other influence that shapes children along the lines of our present culture.

Some excerpts:

Taking back America demographically is a matter of having enough children within a cultural structure that passes down the values of adults to the children, while focusing on limiting immigration as much as possible. This isn't an impossible task.

The Amish population doubles every 20 years and they retain the majority of their children within their communities despite the obvious appeals of the outside world. There are 250,000 Amish in the United States and Canada now. By 2040 there will be over a million of them.

Would the Amish be who they are if in between plow breaks they were watching Reality TV and getting lessons on liberal values? Instead the Amish segregated themselves from the culture and have thrived because of it. And that can be done without completely abandoning technology as a whole.

Orthodox Jews built a cultural infrastructure to convey their values to our children while cutting them off, as much as possible, from the cultural programming of progressives. The largest expense of Orthodox Jewish parents and the community as a whole is on the infrastructure of private schools that teach traditional values to their children. An Orthodox Jewish community is defined by its schools and its best and brightest go into Chinuch or Education.

But schools aren't enough. Orthodox Jews raise their children on their own books and their own music. Everything that children are exposed to from the youngest ages is supposed to come from within their own culture to such an extent that when Oprah visited a Chassidic family they had no idea who she was, or who Mickey Mouse and Beyonce were. Obviously this isn't universal and the degree of exposure varies, but retention rates and birth rates are highest among those with the lowest levels of progressive cultural exposure. So is cultural secession the solution? For traditional Jews it might be, but for traditionalists as a whole, who have the demographic reach to turn the national numbers around, it can be a temporary solution until the numbers and the political power that goes with them are theirs. As with Orthodox Jews, there is a Christian culture industry, but it isn't enough to have positive messages as an alternative, it's equally important to cut out as many negative messages as possible.

Above all else, education is the future. Traditionalists who fail to understand this will allow the educational system and the entertainment industry to transform their children into progressives. Progressives know that control of the educational system means control of the future. Without the educational system and immigration, progressives are doomed to be cafe radicals. With them, they can count the generations until they control everything.

The progressives have few children of their own. Your children are their children. If they can corrupt your children, then they have a future. If they cannot, then they will go off and die in a corner. The progressives have three strengths, class warfare, cultural programming and immigration. America had prosperity that negated class warfare, but it neglected to safeguard its culture from the left and did not consider the consequences of Third World immigration. With their political and culture power, the left destroyed prosperity and now with all three cards in their hand, the progressives are rising high.

Cultural secession means cutting away the educational and entertainment culture of the left out of your home. It means creating your own alternative education and entertainment and grouping in communities that act as a support structure for traditional values. Is it easy? No. It involves sacrifice. But groups such as the Amish and Orthodox Jews have done it and have thrived doing it.

Some wars are settled by guns, but cultural wars are settled by the schoolbook and the movie. They are settled by the family.

Take five minutes and read it all, well worth it.

Winning the Demographic War and the Culture War - by Daniel Greenfield

1 comment:

Elena said...

As you know, I did read it and thought that I totally agreed. Then I began to think about it more and realised that there is one point with which I disagree. In a Christian sense, what he is talking about can easily lead to a ghetto mentality: we stay in and you stay out. This might be OK for a community that is not mandated to evangelise and engage the prevailing culture. Christianity is not such a culture. Thus, too often the overly-sheltered Christian family becomes an insular and exclusive community that throws up the walls in a sort of siege mentality. Yes, our children need protection but they also need strong character that can survive in the world when it needs to - because, inevitably, they will have to live in the world at some point. One homeschooler provides a good analogy: homeschooling must be like a greenhouse where children are grown into vigorous transplants who will survive when planted in the harsher garden outside the home. It is a tough job to grow kids that can survive outside the home and homeschooling is not the panacea that it is often hailed to be. Parents need to pray about where they and their children are called and above all pray for strength of character in all family members. I don't think that we can live in hassidic type communities as Catholics because those communities often fail to do anything but maintain their own number and criticise the outside world. Don't forget, we have very firsthand experience of this on a multi-generational level. We are called to do far more than that. (Read this to Dad as I meant to send him these thoughts.)