While some of this is about what the headline suggests it is, some of it is about internal white flight. Which I know you’re all familiar with, many of you personally and directly.
But I think the German nation is just plain star-crossed. A handful of years ago, in AR, back in the old pre-Disqus days, on a thread about Germany, someone wrote this comment which I thought was so good that I saved:
German nationalism was actually strong historically and the failure of the German-speaking peoples to be properly ensconced in one state at an earlier time is a great tragedy for European history. For many generations there had been a saying among German speakers that wherever the German language was spoken there lived Germany. Why didn’t German unification come then at an earlier date? 1) The land beyond the Rhine was never part of the Roman Empire. Because of the disaster at the Teutoburger Wald Forest, the Romans stopped at the Rhine. This meant that there were none of the Roman roads or bridges running through Germany as was the case for France, England and other countries. The lack of Roman roads was a major fact in not tying German lands together. Unlike the Gauls and the Celts the Germans never got the benefits of several centuries of Roman civilization. 2) The Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther basically created a north-south sectarian schism across the German-speaking areas of Europe. In contrast France just kicked out it Huguenots, while England became very largely Protestant. 3) The Thirty Years war. This horror show was basically fought out all across the German-speaking lands. It set back German civilization by at least 100 years. Maybe 200. It also created in German political subconsciousness a strong desire for a strong leader to avoid what Hitler called “a return to the chaos of the small states”. 4) France. France did everything in it’s power to keep the German speaking regions of Europe divided and weak. Between 1675 and 1813 France invaded German lands no fewer then 14 times, on average once every decade. The 1870 Franco-Prussian war was basically caused by French unwillingness to see the emergence of a unified German state. France LOST this war, which it started, then spent the next 43 years crying about Alsace-Lorraine. 5) The United States. This is the law of unintended consequences. The existence of America acted as a pressure valve where ambitious energetic Germans could go to escape the political morass in German-Europe. After the failure of the 1848 rebellion to create a German democracy about 2,000,000 Germans left for the U.S. 6) The many small states. The princes and politicians didn’t want to lose power in their little statelets by subsuming into a larger entity for the common good of all Germans. They put their narrow political interests ahead of the national and genetic interests of all Germans. Sound familiar?
Number five sounds familiar, as a majority of my DNA is its several generations removed consequences.
I have a few minor disagreements with this: Martin Luther didn’t create the north-south religious schism, he just exposed it, because the fundamental cause of it was the seemingly slight differences between Nordic and Alpine peoples. Even though major stuff can break out over dime-thin differentials. And Germany-to-America migration didn’t start in 1848, it started way earlier, in 1722.
Even after successful German unification, one of its big hurdles was Britain, that growing German power drew London’s ire, because London always wanted no one single continental power to be that mighty. (Ironically, London probably helped German unification happen because the history of the previous handful of decades and few centuries was that London feared France being the mighty continental unipower, and propped up German and Italian unification to stick to to Paris.) And now in the current year, as a long-track ideological overreaction to the united German state’s biggest clusterfuck, the irresponsible territorial aggrandizement of its most noted head of state, massive immigration of hostile non-whites is driving Germans out of cities and out of the country.
But if all these dime-thin marginal factors had turned slightly in the other direction, Germany would be far more powerful and dynamic than it is today.