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Marion-Maréchal Le Pen. This year, she received 45% of the popular vote in one of France\
I wrote the above last January, fearing that Europe would see an acceleration of the massive demographic change already under away—the Great Replacement, to use a term coined by Renaud Camus: Oh, the Great Replacement needs no definition. It isn't a concept. It's a phenomenon, as obvious as the nose on your face. To observe... Read More
Male figurine, pottery, c. 7,000–5,000 years ago, Greece, Archaeological Museum of Heraklion. Credit: Wikimedia Commons
This is one of several findings with a common theme: the farther back in time we go, the less familiar people look. And we don't have to go very far. This fact came up in a column I wrote about the Americas. If we turn back the clock, Amerindians look more and more European, yet... Read More
The Greek government's debt became unmanageable after autumn 2008, but the EU didn’t respond until over a year and a half later. (source) In the post-national Greece that developed after 1974, the clear winners were the middle class. Thanks to the strong purchasing power of other European currencies, and later the Euro, they could travel... Read More
Immigrants in the port of Patras, Greece (source). An immigrant community as large as three million people, in a country of eleven million. It was during the early 1970s—the time of the Colonels—that Greece began to receive large numbers of immigrants, mainly Africans recruited for insecure low-paying jobs in construction, agriculture, and shipping. In 1972,... Read More
Poster for multi-child families. Today, the average Greek woman has only 1.3 children. Although the Colonels failed to turn back the clock, they did slow it down. When they lost power, Greece was still fulfilling its mission of perpetuating the Greek people. In 1975, the fertility rate was 2.4 children per woman, in contrast to... Read More
The Colonels ruled Greece from 1967 to 1974. They tried to turn back the clock without knowing how a clock works (source). In Greece, nation-building revolutionized social relations. It created a much larger web of reciprocal relationships among people who were not close kin and who often never met each other. This new environment was... Read More
American editorial cartoon from 1940 (source). Today, Greeks remember Ioannis Metaxas for his defense of Greece from Italian invasion in 1940. Few remember his refusal to enter the broader conflict of World War II. His death marked the end of his country’s isolationism and the start of its gradual absorption into larger supranational entities: NATO,... Read More
The Ioannis Metaxas regime (1936–1941) was the high-water mark of Greek nationalism. It sought to create an emotional bond between Greeks and their nation that they had previously felt only for their families and immediate kin. In this, Metaxas was trying to replicate a process of nation-building that had happened over a much longer time... Read More
In early 1989, Poland legalized Solidarnosc as a political party and Hungary announced that it would become a multi-party state. These two moves set off a domino effect that spread throughout the entire Eastern bloc. (source) The debt crisis that is today crippling Greece strangely resembles the one that overwhelmed Eastern Europe back in the... Read More
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