All right YouTube, let’s do a little “Phil by the Dashboard Light .” Tip of the cap to Alex, I hope you don’t hate me for that one.
But I had an idea this morning called “Cosmo-Balkanization,” which I think is happening or going to happen in this country soon. And the thought is this: So with the likes of Ocasio-Cortez being touted as the new face of the Democratic party… You know, Hispanic immigrant or child of immigrants, supplanting old white male Democrat politicians, that’s going to be the future, they say.
But I think it’s going to be further than that, because of some anecdotes and experiences I’ve got to relate encountering immigrants or children of immigrants here in Los Angeles.
The first one is a Ukrainian woman that I met over the summer. Has an American boyfriend but she’s from the Ukraine, and we were out drinking, talking, getting to know each other, and I guess later in the evening the topic of immigration came up, and my thoughts were we need to slow it down, potentially go back to a 1924, “let’s close the borders down for a while, there’s just too many new people here.”
And I think the latest news story saying that sixty million people don’t speak English at home, that’s not a recipe for a, you know, if not homogeneous, sort of country on the same page with itself. So I told her, yeah, I think we should slow it down.
And herself, only coming here recently, disagreed with that. And one of her points was the fact that because I came from the East Coast, I’m from the DC area, but now I live in California. And because I did that, people should be able to come here too. And I had to explain, well no, because I’m moving within the borders of my own country. I’m not going to Canada. I’m not going to Chile. So what I sensed from her was a sense of entitlement, that she should be here, everyone should be here, everyone should go where they want to go.
And in theory that’s a nice concept, this migration notion that everyone gets to wander around. But there’s simply a capacity for… logistical capacities for being able to stay somewhere. Toilets, furnishings, plumbing capacity, sewage systems, food… trucking in the food. All this stuff, no one thinks about that stuff.
And in fact about a year ago or so I had an Uber driver, I’m not sure where he was from, but he was Jewish and there was some sort of foreign, slight foreign tongue to him. And we were talking about stuff and the concept of migrants, immigration came up, and again, what’s the capacity? When do we shut it off? And his thoughts were, well, if you have the room, the space, or the extra money, the extra food, just let ’em in. And again, should that really be the threshold? “Oh well, I have $5 in my pocket. I have to give this to somebody else now.”
No consideration for the fact of what if I’m saving up for a new truck for work? Or I’m saving up for a gift for my child? No, it’s if you have this dollar now you have to give it to somebody else who’s less fortunate or shows up saying they need it. And that is no way to long-term run a society or a family or a business, because that doesn’t, that’s so short-sighted, doesn’t think about the consequences. And if it’s simply a matter of heartstrings, sad images, “I need,” nothing will ever progress with great leaps forward, of inventions, breakthroughs, art.
You know, if someone’s going to be a great violinist, a classical composer, that doesn’t happen overnight. They need a “safe space,” if you will, for many years. To have the quiet space physically so that their mind and body can work together to to learn the instrument and learn the history and to become a great player.
So stepping back to what I was saying earlier about entitlement for foreigners moving in here, and Cosmo-Balkanization. Well, the “cosmo” comes from cosmopolitanism, and I think what we’re seeing because of smartphones is that people around the world have been empowered in a way that was never possible before.
And I think it’s a very interesting experiment, an anthropological science experiment that we’re all part of. Because some of the work that I do in my business, you know, they hire illegal laborers from Central and South America. And I see these guys at their lunch breaks playing with their phones, and I think it’s pretty fascinating.
What is a person from a very small impoverished town in Mexico, who’s now in Los Angeles with a smartphone. What is he getting up to? What is he looking at what? What is he exploring? What is he putting his mind into? Is it just video games or is he trying to learn history?
And then what at what websites, what news sites target first-generation, straight-out-of-the-field immigrants in 2018? What kind of information are they putting in their heads? Is it a matter of indoctrination? Is it entertainment, like Univision with the big-breasted sitcoms?
So anyway in previous generations I think you would have more humble, grateful immigrants. But now because everyone is sort of a “global citizen,” everyone’s hearing the same music, seeing the same movies, we’ve got these smartphones, yeah you just feel like, “I’m here. I can be here. I’m not going to be thankful to this new country.”
And that’s where we’re seeing politically on the news people who’ve been here for less than five, ten, fifteen, twenty years screaming in the streets about Brett Kavanaugh or “white males.” And I guess I’m trying to posit, this is how it happened. This is how it’s happening, and how it’s only going to get worse.
And people have been enabled to be ungrateful because it pushes at an agenda. Particularly politically it’s for the Democrats’ agenda. People are being enabled to be ungrateful because they’re actually pawns in a larger political game. Demographic change, electoral change. All in all, this is terrible for any country that would want to stay intact, and have a sense of identity.
You know, you watch a movie from the late 80s, even some comedy like “The Naked Gun,” and you’re just like, that world is gone. That America is completely gone. And am I allowed, is anyone allowed to lament the fact that the America of their childhood really is gone? Not just a matter of, “I was a boy and now I’m a man, and I’m sad.” No, that world is completely gone, and because I’m a “straight white male,” I’m supposed to shut up and not lament.
Anyway, the future that I see is basically more Balkanization, more special interests, more in-group preference getting a toehold politically. And then the question is, do the new groups that have power, whether it’s Somalis up in Minnesota, or maybe Ukrainians here in LA, Chinese, Korean, Mexicans everywhere… Are they going to really buy in to the principles of the Founding Fathers?
And also something I heard Luke Ford discuss with Jim Goad in an interview sometime in the last year. Luke Ford is an Australian, grew up Christian, converted to Judaism because of Dennis Prager’s radio show here in Los Angeles.
His thoughts are, Northern European culture is the only culture to put principles over tribe, because to survive those harsh winters up in Scandinavia, say, you had to agree on ideas so everyone could survive. Whereas other cultures were always getting marched on and invaded through. The Middle East, Italy, Africa. So tribal/family bonds were more important than principles and ideas.
So the question is, here in America can all these people from more tribal cultures—Asia, Latin America, Africa—can they give up those tribal/family agendas, or loyalties, and really believe in ideas and principles? And maybe that’s what the whole “living, breathing Constitution” versus “strict interpretation” comes from.
So that’s about as far as I’m gonna go with those thoughts right now. I’m very fascinated by it. I don’t know if it bodes well for the future, but you know, if we see… People are talking civil war, that’s one of the new memes, but maybe there are more nuanced changes coming up beyond just outright violence. And if you know about it, if you can if you can visualize it, maybe you can help react to it, if not influence it.
So thanks for listening. My third novel, the first book in a new series actually, is coming out in mid-October. I’ll be making some videos about that pretty soon. I’m very excited! Check my website PhilipWyeth.com subscribe to this channel.
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Video was originally uploaded on October 2, 2018.