The number of asylum seekers to the Netherlands dropped by nearly a half last year to about 30,000, in part due to an EU refugee deal with Turkey and the closure of the Balkan route used by migrants to reach Europe. The latest influx of migrants - mainly from the Middle East and Africa - accounts for only a small fraction of the non-Western population in the country. This suggests that the backlash against immigration is not only about new arrivals.This is a constant misunderstanding, even by good objective analysts. Common in discussions of regular crime, now appearing again in migrant crime. Analysts assume that people who are currently besieged by a problem must be the most strongly opposed to the problem. Life doesn't work that way. Who wants the harshest punishments for criminals? Who wants the biggest walls against migrants? Not people who have never been exposed to crime. If you've always lived in good neighborhoods or had private security services, you don't know what criminals are. Not people who live in permanently crime-ridden neighborhoods. They've given up. Harshites are people who ESCAPED from bad neighborhoods, and now see their blessed escape zone turning bad. People who used to be involved in crime and got out. Life is all about anticipation. Life is about the future. Everything we do and think and feel involves a HUGE helping of anticipation. We understand speech and writing, and we appreciate music, because we're forming templates several phrases ahead of the speaker. We walk and drive by anticipation of future steps and streets. We reproduce and work and plan and save because we are looking at the future for ourselves or our descendants. If you've never experienced X you can't anticipate X, so you can't spot the initial signs of X creeping into your life. If you've always been flooded with X, anticipation is pointless. You can't see a life without X. Comrade O'Brien and his followers, and the Innovative Disrupters of the tech-tyrant world, are killers. Anticipation depends on a PERMANENT or at least slowly-changing baseline. When the cultural baseline is constant, we have infinitely detailed templates for every aspect of life, enabling us to get along on sparse perception and minimal conscious thought. We have space and energy for more interesting thoughts or pursuits. When Soros and Bezos yank the ground from under us 100 times in every step, we have to devote ALL our energy and perception to basic survival. Permanent morality and slow-changing technology are like a savings account. Sorosian picosecond change is like hopeless debt. Needless to say, Soros hasn't missed this analogy; eliminating savings and burning cash are major parts of his omnicide project.
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Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.