Friday, 30 May 2014

Why a mass migration of the traditional to Australia is inevitable and not far-off

Although as a child I had no recognition of it, in recent years I have been, with no support from those whom I communicate with on the web or via telephones, arguing that a mass migration of traditional Christians to Australia is extremely likely because political pressure from the working and welfare-receiving majority of the Enriched World will make practicing their religion stiflingly difficult.

However, as Rod Dreher demonstrates here, the migration of traditional Christians to Australia en masse is close at hand today:
“Charlie O’Donnell, a consultant in emergency and intensive care medicine, said the best advice he could give to an “orthodox” Catholic wishing to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology would be to “emigrate”.”
What this reveals is that the generation who was born in the Enriched World during the 1990s grew up in an environment where radio (which of course is mainly popular music) was preaching an extremely radical message of absolute moral freedom and absolute rights for every individual to do whatever he or she wants. The parents of this emerging generation were brought up with this attitude of “anything goes” and vigorously lobbied for it in academia during the 1980s and 1990s. This has, as The Tablet points out, created:
”...a total conflict of culture of what is good sex, a dichotomy of belief between what we as Christians believe is good overall for the individual and what secular society believes,”
I have discussed the roots of this prevalent Enriched World view too much elsewhere to say anything here, but as Dreher notes these views are spreading rapidly among the coming-of-age Millennial Generation in the United States, and no doubt in Enriched and Tropical nations of Asia and Latin America.

What needs to be said is that, in many respects, the Catholic faith and “1950s” policies of Tony Abbott are designed to achieve a religious revival among the working classes. According to Mary Eberstadt in How the West Really Lost God: A New Theory of Secularization, there was a major religious revival in the 1950s because of the opening of suburbs for housing, due to the development of a mass private car market and more efficient agricultural methods. However, I can testify from other sources (Penny Lernoux, Charles Murray) that this religious revival was confined to white-collar middle-class families, who were in effect a “battleground” between the traditional ruling class and the atheistic working class.

This picture gives an idea of the space found in houses of
exurban Australia. It is far beyond anything in the
Enriched World and gives families room.
Abbott, even if he has read neither Eberstadt nor Anthony Gill and Erik LunsgÄrde, is undoubtedly aware how family formation and reduction of welfare payments nurture the growth of religion. His policies are designed to benefit the exurban fringe where future generations are coming from.

These exurban fringes, if not remotely so religious as many conservative writers would wish, nonetheless never experienced the radical messages preached on radio during the 1980s and 1990s in the Enriched World. When I lived in Keilor Downs, I never heard of Metallica nor Pantera nor Public Enemy nor N.W.A., nor except in the Brittanica encyclopedia anything about such rap groups as Snoop Dogg whom the recently deceased Robert Bork saw as an example of what entertainment was about in the 1990s. Instead, Australia’s coming-of-age generation grew up either with “easy listening” or “golden oldie” music that had not or did not absorb the radical individualism and egalitarianism which the Enriched World was hearing.

The result is a younger generation of Australians that, rather than being ideological and extremely self-centred, is much more practical and community-oriented than any viable group in the Enriched World. Although most are not overtly Christian like, say, Abbott himself or writers for Human Events, their practical orientation makes them infinitely more amenable to those of traditional Catholic, Orthodox or evangelical belief than Enriched World Millennials. They do not make the demands noted of the British gynecological and other associations to follow the strict confines of “radical atheism” – whereby anything associated with religion must be discarded if it limits personal rights. It is thus easy for those who feel they cannot practice their religion in the Enriched World to settle into new housing estates in Australia, and as Dreher notes this is likely to be their only choice in a close-at-hand future.


Anonymous said...

This is very, very, very implausible.

jpbenney said...

If you look at the opinion polls on the “Millennial generation” conducted by people like Ross Douthat a couple of months ago, and then consider the trends suggested by recent election results, you will conclude my prediction is highly plausible.

In fact, the idea that the welfare-receiving and working masses of Eurasia and the Americas will force traditional Christians to migrate en masse to Australia is one I have had for some time. It is in fact something that could – but for some political quirks – have occurred a long time ago: the working classes of Europe have been eager to eradicate traditional beliefs for a long time.