We have about 4,000 years or so of written history that we can study in order to identify patterns that occur over and over again in the rise and fall of great nations. An objective study of history tells us much about the lives of nations.
Sir John Glubb shows us the patterns he identified in his 1976 essay “The Fate of Empires.” Glubb, an English military man, was born in 1897 and received a superb education at Woolwich Military academy, where he apparently learned to research and read closely. This, coupled with a brilliant mind led Glubb to some brilliant observations. Of late empire:
XXII The influx of foreigners
One of the oft-repeated phenomena of
great empires is the influx of foreigners to the capital city. Roman historians often complain of the number of Asians and Africans in Rome. Baghdad, in its prime in the ninth century, was international in its population—Persians, Turks, Arabs, Arme- nians, Egyptians, Africans and Greeks mingled in its streets.
In London today, Cypriots, Greeks, Italians, Russians, Africans, Germans and Indians jostle one another on the buses and in the underground, so that it sometimes seems difficult to find any British. The same applies to New York, perhaps even more so. This problem does not consist in any inferiority of one race as compared with
another, but simply in the differences between them.
Glubb, and other well educated men knew that influx of foreigners weaken nations. Immigration destroys comradeship and brotherly love of neighbors. Immigration increases political division.
Of the immigrants:
First, their basic human nature often differs from that of the original imperial stock. If the earlier imperial race was stubborn and slow- moving, the immigrants might come from more emotional races, thereby introducing cracks and schisms into the national policies, even if all were equally loyal.
Second, while the nation is still affluent, all the diverse races may appear equally loyal. But in an acute emergency, the immigrants will often be less willing to sacrifice their lives and their property than will be the original descendants of the founder race.
Third, the immigrants are liable to form communities of their own, protecting primarily their own interests, and only in the second degree that of the nation as a whole.
Fourth, many of the foreign immigrants will probably belong to races originally conquered by and absorbed into the empire. While the empire is enjoying its High Noon of prosperity, all these people are proud and
glad to be imperial citizens. But when decline sets in, it is extraordinary how the memory of ancient wars, perhaps centuries before, is suddenly revived, and local or provincial movements appear demanding secession or independence. Some day this phenomenon will doubtless appear in the now apparently monolithic and authoritarian Soviet empire. It is amazing for how long such provincial sentiments can survive.
Glubb goes on to give examples of this happening in Rome, Baghdad, Istanbul and others.
Our leaders and the educated elite, like Glubb, have known immigration is tantamount to invasion and that it hastens the end of nations. They knew it. They didn’t make a mistake of judgement when they passed Hart Cellar, when they opened the borders, when they don’t enforce existing laws.
Weakening the nation IS the goal. Remember, they always lie, and they always invert. They’ve known diversity is not a strength. Glubb shows us they knew.
Also from Glubb,
This interesting phenomenon is largely limited to great cities. The original conqu- ering race is often to be found in relative purity in rural districts and on far frontiers. It is the wealth of the great cities which draws the immigrants. As, with the growth of industry, cities nowadays achieve an ever greater preponderance over the countryside, so will the influence of foreigners increa- singly dominate old empires.
And so it goes.
What can we do about this? I’m afeared that we can do nothing to preserve the old U.S. The invaders are here. The decadence is here. You and I cannot change that. In fact, Glubb and I think these empires can only last ten generations. If that’s the case, the clock has struck midnight.
We can start building the new thing.