Some valued readers objected to my remark in yesterday’s post that the political establishment appear “completely powerless” to stop migration. They point out that the importation of foreign political clients furthers elite interests and suggest that the present wave of mass migration is desired, perhaps even deliberately engineered. Now that my internet is functioning again, I will risk repeating some old plague chronicle themes, in order to explain my thinking more fully.
First of all, I agree that our rulers have eagerly sponsored mass migration for a long time. They also collaborated in constructing the massive tapestry of NGOs, philanthropic organisations and human smuggling bands that continue funnelling the third world into Europe today. In theory, the political establishment could stop this nonsense tomorrow by any number of measures. Italy could stop fishing migrants out of the ocean, Germany could stop paying them money and EU member states could bin the egregiously dumb legal construct of asylum. Alas, the managerial state simply can’t turn on a dime like this. All policies are subject to powerful inertial forces, because of the sheer complexity of the institutional apparatus and the vast numbers of people involved. It takes years for the system to even recognise that what it is doing is stupid, and still longer for it to stop acting stupidly. The present influx, which reflects forces set in motion more than a decade ago, is a catastrophe of the regime’s own making, and one it is very ill-equipped to address.
I’m not sure if Eugyppius is religious or not. His choice of pseudonym seems to imply that he is, but it could be that he just thinks the name sounds cool because it is difficult to pronounce. Whatever the case, I do read his blog every now and then and have found some of his material enlightening. All the same, I’d like to say a few words concerning the bold-added sentence above.
Eugyppius’s premise here is that the System – as a lumbering, complex bureaucratic behemoth involving vast numbers of people and mechanisms – cannot “turn on a dime”, hence, its unavoidable propensity to implement its policies and decisions in a plodding and slow-moving manner.
This is only partially true. Yes, most of the System’s machinations are plodding and protracted, but this does not entail that the System is incapable of turning on a dime whenever it is instructed to do so.
Case in point, the birdemic and its subsequent peck campaign, during which the System proved – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that it was impressively capable of turning on a dime.
The System did not let “the sheer complexity of the institutional apparatus” obstruct anything there. The vast amounts of people involved proved to be an asset, not a liability. Inertia and passivity gave way to energy and activity. Put simply, the System proved extremely competent in getting everyone and everything to “get with the program” with breathtaking quickness and efficiency.
Eugyppius calls his blog “A Plague Chronicle” and has dedicated much effort and energy to covering the birdemic, yet he seems to have trouble remembering just how quick and efficient “the sheer complexity of the institutional apparatus” can be.
It all comes down to the System’s goals and motivations. Some things are purposefully slow and drawn out and others hit like lightning.
Now, Eugyppius may have a bad memory, but I suspect his take on how the System operates has more to do with appearing “fair and balanced.”