Last Saturday in Mirpur Khas, a city in Pakistan’s Sindh province, hundreds of people lined up for hours outside a park to buy subsidized wheat flour, offered for 65 rupees a kilogram instead of the current, inflated rate of about 140 to 160 rupees.
When a few trucks arrived, the crowd surged forward, leaving several injured. One man, Harsingh Kolhi, who was there to bring a five kg bag of flour home for his wife and children, was crushed and killed in the chaos.
The idea of a collapse because of mass immigration is flawed, though it was popular in our part of the internet for many years. The fall of civilisations are never really as clear cut as we like to think. In history civilisations rise and fall but usually there is more of a transition than an outright Armageddon scenario. When the Western Roman Empire collapsed, the new realms which emerged, like those of the Franks and Ostrogoths, were ruled by Germanic elites who intermarried with Roman patricians. These societies were hybrids that deteriorated over several centuries, with classical infrastructure like aqueducts falling into disrepair gradually. In many ways the early medieval period was akin to a High Street where half the shops are boarded up.
Elites favour their own interests above all and are not coming to our rescue. One may think hypothetically that some Alfred the Great-like figure would rouse the English to reclaim their destiny. Yet history shows that elites are far more likely to embrace the new conquerors to preserve their wealth and status once the initial war is over. That war was fought and lost in the 1960s, and in my view this is one of the reasons why global liberalism is now seen as the ‘correct line of thinking’ for middle and upper class people. The elites have switched their allegiance from national to international, from their own people to global liberalism. And in the 5th century, the remaining Roman patricians married off their daughters to Germanic conquerors in return for positions and other reasons. Status is hardwired into our brains, and the temptation for many is too strong.