Saturday, August 20, 2016

Logical Fallacies of Mass Immigration Supporters: The Ad Hominem.

When the current Minister of Immigration, John McCallum, announced Canada was opening its border even wider to immigrants while the rest of the world seemed to be closing theirs part of his reasoning was that Canada was continuing a tradition of immigration based on compassion.  In doing so he committed two logical fallacies in one sentence.  Logical fallacies are commonly employed by the pro-mass immigration crowd so I figure I might as well tackle the ones I’ve encountered over the years.

My feelings on logical fallacies are mixed because in debates about any topic the one who incessantly points out logical fallacies tends to be some pedantic twerp who cares more about pointing out the fallacies than actually discussing the issue.  I think they believe doing so makes them look smart.  It gets annoying, inviting your fist to their mouth as the only satisfactory retort to their nitpicking.  However, it doesn’t mean they’re wrong and they do have a point.

Furthermore, I intended this to be a single post but in writing it I found it becoming quite lengthy so I decided to break it up into a series of posts addressing one fallacy at a time.  I’ve found that there is nothing more off putting to the short attention span, tl;dr, internet age that we live in than a lengthy blog post, a crime I've committed many times before and appear to be in the act of committing right now.  So let’s get started.

The Ad Hominem

Let’s get this one out of the way first because it’s one of the most common logical fallacies readily employed by mass immigration proponents too intellectually lazy or too intellectually ill equipped (by which I mean stupid) or just too cowardly to discuss the issue as mature adults.
 
The ad hominem fallacy is the name calling debate tactic.  Its purpose is to discredit the message by discrediting the messenger.  Hopefully it will derail or shut down the debate by forcing the messenger to defend his or her character to the satisfaction of the arbitrary criteria of the name caller instead of arguing their position.

When it comes to discussing immigration ad hominem attacks encompass accusations of being a racist, xenophobe, Islamophobe, bigot, redneck, right-wing extremist, nationalist, white nationalist, white supremacist, and so on.  The fallacy of the ad hominem is that it seeks to conflate the merits of what is being said with who is saying it even though one is not dependent upon the other.  The Big Bang Theory is not invalidated by the fact a devout Catholic Priest was the one who first proposed it giving way to early criticisms of it of being "creationism in disguise.” Likewise, valid criticisms of the immigration system are not invalidated if presented by the most unrepentant racist ever to walk the planet. 

If you find yourself in a debate and your opponent can do nothing but hurl ad hominem mud then consider yourself the victor.  It’s also best not to further engage this person because you’ll just be wasting your time.  Just give them a lollipop and a colouring book and direct them to their safe space where their fragile world view cannot be challenged, where they’re always right, and where everyone gets to ride the rides for free except for you, of course, because you’re a f**king racist.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Canadian Job Market Has Not Recovered From 2008 Recession.

So says the OECD but what do they know?  It's sunny ways here in Canada or haven't they heard? Our out-to-lunch (and seemingly always out of the country) PM says so.

Besides, we're importing even more immigrants this year and the years to come.  True, they're mostly the C and D students of the developing world along with illiterate-in-their-own-language refugees and the useless "sponsored" relatives of immigrants.  But unlike the previous waves of immigrants who have failed to provide any real economic benefits to the country these ones are different and will create the jobs that will put us back on track because of neoclassical economics and reasons, I guess.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Immigrants Now Shun Ontario.

Looks like immigrants don't build economies after all.

Who'd of thunk?

Were that assumption true Ontario wouldn't be in the mess it's in.  For decades Ontario has been receiving the lion’s share of immigrants.  Based on the assumptions of immigration proponents Ontario’s economy should be booming thanks to all the jobs immigrants have created and economic activity they generate but it turns out that's not the case.  Today Ontario carries a considerable debt burden and is now a “have not” province when at one time it was the economic engine of the country sending more tax dollars to Ottawa than it received.  Decades of mass immigration to the province has failed to stave off Ontario’s economic decline and now even immigrants are avoiding it to go be a burden somewhere else in the country I imagine.

Using immigration to propel population growth only makes sense when it was essential to build a strong domestic market for domestically made goods, i.e. create a support base for a manufacturing sector and the relatively high paying jobs it provides.  But in today's globalized world a strong domestic market is not necessary for a Canadian company to compete internationally.  All we're doing now is growing a population that buys goods made elsewhere.  They do increase demand for services but is a service based economy better off than one that has a strong manufacturing sector?

Immigrants shunning Ontario should be seen as a canary in the coal mine to politicians and economists but it won't.  We have to ask ourselves where the hell in Canada are they going to go? Are they going to B.C. to sell real-estate to unscrupulous, parasitic Chinese multimillionaires with more money than scruples?  Are they going to dig up dirty oil or herd cattle in Alberta?  Are they going to go dig up potash in Saskatchewan or go fishing in Newfoundland?  Because all they seem to be doing here in Ontario is provide demand for the housing market doing whatever the hell it is they do to make their monthly mortgage payments which I'm positive the powers that be know they won't be able to afford once interest rates increase.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Well That’s Gratitude For Ya.

If you find yourself complaining about the hospitality of the country that granted you shelter from whatever real or made-up-for-immigration-purposes threat you happen to be fleeing from then perhaps you’re not a refugee at all.
 
Seriously, if you’re complaining about the food or the accommodations you’re gracious hosts provided you then, yeah, you’re not a refugee.

It’s bad enough close to $1 billion of our tax dollars has been allocated to relocate you to our shores the least you could do is not complain about it.  Canadians are weary enough of refugees already so it’s best not to give us more reasons to be even wearier of refugees as if we need more reasons.

And since I’m talking about it here are more signs you might not be a refugee.





You frequently return to the country of your alleged persecution even as your asylum application is being considered.

You bypass or pass through other countries that can provide shelter to get to one where the benefits are better.


You engage in regular criminal activity in the country where you seek sanctuary.



If even one of these describes you then you’re probable not a refugee but that’s not a problem.  We have an entire industry staffed by people whose livelihoods depend on your patronage and will help you fake it ‘til you make it even though they know you’re phonier than the danger you're purportedly fleeing.  When it comes to making a living they don’t care who you are just as long they get paid.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Say What!? There's Too Many Refugees In Europe? They Threaten To Alter The Unique Character of the Continent? Germany Should Remain German?

What vile, racist, bigoted, xenophobic, uncaring, and apparent white supremacist said such a thing?

Oh.

Reminds me of the time another man of Asian heritage said some sensible things about immigration sending Canada's virtue-signalling class and careerist political hacks into a frenzy.

They both make sense.

Refuge should be temporary and not a path to permanent settlement.  That's why they're called refugees and not immigrants.  You don't turn the gazebo in a public park into your permanent home just because you sought refuge there from a passing rainstorm.  Allowing refugees to become citizens makes them immigrants which is what we have done here in Canada.  It's why oh so many alleged refugees seek to scam our lax refugee system and why critics label these people as "self selecting immigrants" and not refugees.  They didn't come to Canada to find refuge.  Oftentimes that can be found in their native countries and if not there then in neighbouring states.  No, they've come to Canada because they want to immigrate and then import their families.

Furthermore, not only has the massive influx of migrants into Europe destabilized the EU - a wake up call to open borders proponents and theirs calls for unfettered, unrestricted immigration - it threatens the unique character of Europe and it's member states.  Germany should remain German and not become another Arab majority country.  Allowing this to happen makes the world less diverse and less multicultural and aren't diversity and multiculturalism values we're supposed to be fostering?

Also, the carrying capacity of every country is finite.  Though Canada's landmass is large much of the country is inhospitable to massive human settlement forcing population growth in select pockets of the country which, unfortunately, happen to reside on the nation's richest farming land.  These areas will become overpopulated with the attendant sub-par living standards.  If landmass is all that matters then good news!  There's swaths of cheap land located in north Africa you might be interested in buying.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Dear Conservative Party of Canada: Immigrants Don't Vote For You.

I came across this blog post about Canada's erstwhile Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney and learned an interesting fact about the CPC's alleged gains among immigrant voters in the federal election of 2011 where the party secured its majority.

It turns out the seats they won in the nation's urban areas - particularly Toronto which has a high immigrant and non-white electorate - were won not on newly acquired votes from immigrants but on vote splitting between Canada's two left of center parties, the Liberal Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party.  It appears "new Canadians" who supported the LPC in previous elections just shifted their vote to the NDP in 2011.  This allowed the CPC to win those seats where the shift was significant enough to allow them to waltz right up the middle of a split vote.

Looks like immigrants aren't the friends of the CPC after all despite all the efforts made to buy their support with reckless promises of faster, laxer, and more open immigration.  Why should they support the CPC at all when the LPC and the NDP are promising immigrants the same gifts and more if need be?

This is a problem the Conservatives have to acknowledge and it's one they partially brought upon themselves. While the Pierre Trudeau Liberals are often blamed for cynically manipulating the immigration system for party advantage it was Brain Mulroney and the then Progressive Conservative Party of Canada that let the system really get out of control.  Also, when the CPC was in power they imported record numbers of immigrants even in a time of economic downturn thinking they could beat the Liberals at their own game when all they really accomplished was inflate the support base of their political rivals by importing future LPC and NDP voters.  Way to go morons!

The Conservatives need to start acting like conservatives which means adopting a conservative approach to immigration because pandering to the immigrant/ethnic vote bloc doesn't and didn't work.  If they did they would nicely align themselves with the wishes of most Canadians.  Besides, there is something very undemocratic and unnerving that a minority, foreign born portion of the population has so much influence over a policy that can vastly alter the future demographic makeup of the country.  We need a party that listens to the majority, not another one that ignores them to pander to the minority.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Multiculturalism: A Government Policy That Creates Social Problems Where None Before Existed (Only For The Government To Offer Itself as the Solution to The Social Problems It Created).

I’ve come across many attempts to define what multiculturalism is and most of them are wanting but not for a lack of trying.  They seem vague and unsure of themselves.  I find multiculturalism as a concept so ill-defined that I don’t think anyone really knows how to actually describe it without resorting to platitudes and appealing to the broad ideals of mutual respect and tolerance.  That is until I watched this video in which its creator states that diversity just creates social problems where none existed before and I said “That’s it!”  That’s exactly what multiculturalism is.  It’s a government program that only creates problems where there weren’t problems before.

It’s getting tiresome to read and hear comments stating Canada has always been a multicultural country being ignorant of the fact that multiculturalism as social policy was born out of political convenience for the Liberal Party of Canada in the early 1970s.  Prior to that Canada was very confident and comfortable with itself being a country of the British Commonwealth founded by the English and French languages; by European settlers; and rooted in European thought, culture, and traditions.  Everything was going great until some pompous ass came along and f**ked everything up.

Multiculturalism has not contributed anything of significant worth to Canada or to Canadians.  It exists solely as a political tool to manipulate ethnic voting blocs into delivering their votes to a particular political party come election day which was its initial intent all along.  Outside of that all it has done for us is disrupt social cohesion by fragmenting our cities into ethnic enclaves/colonies.  It produces societal headaches by fostering resentment among ethnic groups who seek political power and influence by competing with each other for government largesse.  Because of multiculturalism governmental affairs are now bogged down with identity politics distracting it from addressing more pertinent concerns which it would be doing were it not allowed to distract itself with multicultural non-issues in the first place.  It lets government appear to govern without actually governing.

Multiculturalism is political rent seeking.  It’s the government creating a problem and then offering itself as the solution to the problem it created.  Millions of tax dollars are wasted to fund the new layers of bureaucracy that multiculturalism needs for its administration.  Millions of tax dollars are doled out each year to curry support from ethnic vote banks to fund their organizations, community centers, and festivals which we don’t go to because, frankly, we don’t give a s**t about their culture.  This money could have been put to better use to serve the real needs of Canadians if multiculturalism didn’t exist.

Multiculturalism is a hollow idea.  It’s a non-identity.  It has done nothing for us as a country and denies Canadians the ability to create a unique character and voice on the world stage.  It robs communities of local culture and nations of its character.  It needs to be thrown into the trash can of bad ideas where it belongs.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Immigrants to Canada Contribute to Climate Change.

I don’t know about you but it seems Justin Trudeau has spent more time outside the country than in it ever since the Liberals won the federal election back in November of 2015 but I think it’s because Justin is so awesome and it's unfair to the whole of the world if Canadians hog that awesomeness all to themselves.  You see, Justin is so awesome that Canada is too vast, her audience too small to contain and bear witness to the awesomeness that is Justin Trudeau.  Justin knows this so almost immediately after the Liberals won the election that terrible day back in November he embarked on his “Justin Trudeau Is So Awesome” world tour because it would be a crime against humanity to deny the people of the world the opportunity to bask in his awesomeness.  He is after all God’s gift to Canada and Canada’s gift to the world.

That’s why I find it bizarre that he was in New York City recently to lecture the UN on climate change and sign yet another symbolic, non-binding agreement to address it when his globetrotting to date has probably farted out more CO2 emissions into the atmosphere than the bottom 20% of the world’s population does in an entire year.  I mean how serious can you take this guy when he brings along an entourage of 383 souls to the Paris climate summit; more than the U.S., the U.K., and Australia combined; when a smaller contingent of people would have sufficed producing a smaller CO2 footprint and reinforce the image of a government concerned about climate change. 

I don’t believe he gives a damn about climate change.  I think he’s using it as a platform to champion with hopes it will net him a nod from Stockholm.  It also feeds his messiah complex.  It’s all about him really.  Everything, be it the election, gender equality, or climate change.  It’s a means to generate narcissistic supply for the narcissistic Prime Minister and mine adoration from a sycophantic press and a fan base of half-wits.

Were he truly concerned about climate change his party wouldn’t be so determined to shovel more people into the country especially from nations with a lower carbon footprint per capita than Canada.  This is because Canadians have one of the largest carbon footprints in the world.  To put this in perspective, while China is the biggest global producer of CO2 emissions it also has the largest population in the world and broken down per capita Canadians are bigger producers of CO2 emissions than the Chinese.  Yet China is a top source of immigrants to Canada as is India and the Philippines.  Immigrants from these countries, and elsewhere, increase their carbon footprint simply by moving to Canada.

A specific way immigrants contribute to climate change is pushing urban sprawl onto the nation’s arable lands making Canada more dependent on food imports and large agribusiness factory farms both of which have larger carbon footprints than a farm growing local produce.  Furthermore, in urban sprawl the car is king and urban sprawl just expands the urban heat island effect.

Canadians’ large carbon footprint may have to do with the fact that Canada is a northern country with long, cold, dark winters and short hot summers.  It’s a vast country with a relatively sparse population.  To stay warm during the winters, cool in the summers, and to generally traverse its great expanse requires the consumption of inordinate amount of resources.  This may help explain why Canada is warming twice the global rate.  Canada isn’t suitable to hosting a large population.

Whether you accept climate change is real or not is up to you.  However Justin Trudeau has made it very clear it’s very real and very important to him.  When the next election rolls around another one million more people would have been imported into the country increasing their carbon footprint and Canada’s as well.  Allowing that, coupled with his international playboy-esque jet setting, if climate change really matters to Justin Trudeau he has a funny way of showing it.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

GDP Is A Misleading Metric.

Proponents of mass immigration often point out how immigration contributes positively to increasing the country’s GDP.  While this may be true it doesn’t provide a complete picture because GDP doesn’t measure the overall standard of living or quality of life of a population.

A nation’s GDP can increase while the quality of life of its citizens can stagnate even decline.  For example an individual can work twelve hour days, seven days a week and that will contribute to the GDP but not provide a very favourable lifestyle.  However if this individual decided to take a day off each week for leisurely pursuits then this wouldn’t be recorded in GDP measurements since leisure isn’t measured but that leisure time would improve that individual's quality of life.  And a life of constant work, especially at a job that brings little fulfillment beyond financial need, with no time for leisure is a life not worth living.

Let’s look at the obvious fact that immigrants take up space.  This means they drive up demand for housing.  They also buy and drive cars.  They also get sick and need to see a doctor.  They also need a job to pay for all of this among other things.  All of this contributes to growing the GDP since their demand for goods and services is a measurable activity when calculating GDP numbers.
 
However, by driving up the demand for housing they also drive up the cost of living since the suppliers of housing can increase prices.  This means more disposable income is going to housing instead of meeting other needs.  They drive cars and clog up our already clogged up highways and city streets causing greater commute times and lost productivity to say nothing of the pollution they create.  When they get sick they fill up our emergency rooms and hospitals giving Canada one of the worst wait times in the industrialized world.  None of this is taken into account in measuring the GDP.  As for incomes immigration has had little if any positive effect on income levels and most likely helps to keep real incomes stagnant which means more money is going to pay for your car you drive to your job to make an income to pay for the increasing cost of living.  As for leisure time f**k that!  Who has time for that when you need to work all the time because you don’t make enough money at your job because mass immigration has saturated the job market?  That is if you can find a job that provides an income you can live on.  There are also the negative effects on one’s mental and physical health due to urban sprawl and densification, the loss of green spaces and arable land, effects on social cohesion, and so forth.

GDP is a dubious metric to begin.  To be honest I'm suspect of Canada's GDP numbers since Canadians have to assume record levels of debt to maintain the illusion of prosperity.  But saying mass immigration contributes to positive GDP growth is a disarming tactic because it implies that a growing GDP begets net benefits for the country and therefore the entirety of Canadian society and who can be against that?  But GDP is used to mask the quality of life diminishing problems mass immigration creates.  Indeed, while it’s arguable that immigration has contributed positively to growing Canada’s GDP it can be equally argued, quite persuasively, that it has negatively affected the quality of life for Canadians especially for us who live in the nation’s largest cities.  And since 30%, if not more, of Canada's GDP is composed of real estate and the service sector I'm cynical enough to believe mass immigration is being used to buoy Canada's otherwise weak economy the way China used rampant property development to inflate it's suspect GDP numbers.