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Current affairs – about migrants and pubs

States renounce the exercise of rights. Kids from Paris suburbs are acting up w Macron. The average age of the protesters a few weeks ago was 17. No policeman dares to go into the no-go zones in Stockholm or Malmö, despite much debate in the media about how to change that. Forget the Russian mafia or motorcycle gangs in Germany: in Berlin, Arab clans and their friends from the Balkans have long ruled the streets. In the Brussels district of Molenbeek, where the ISIS attackers of Paris lived, nothing changes: it remains an Islamist stronghold.

You can learn all this quietly from the tabloid press, and even the German Foreign Office warns against staying in some European cities and their districts occupied by the connoisseurs of the welcome culture.

Western societies are fragmented. Actually, they are parallel societies living side by side and increasingly against each other. The problem is, as the general of the French gendarmerie once remarked, that these groups have weapons, to which they have fortunately rarely resorted so far during the riots. Perhaps the leaders of the clans and gangs are waiting for the right moment to shoot.

Migrants do not have regular tables in the traditional places with European cuisine. But some Europeans have one in a Chinese or Thai restaurant. The Arabs have their shisha bars, but if any white people stray into those too, they are probably mostly citizens whose way of life leaves a lot to be desired. This shows who is open to new culture and who just wants his couscous.

The restaurants and bars are like litmus paper: they show the level of prosperity, the level of social cohesion of the society. Meanwhile, pubs are dying all over Europe. Many factors are responsible for this, not only the ethnic divisions in Western Europe. The dying also depends on the fact that in work and through media we are more and more trimmed to be always more effective, more sporty, healthier, and that the time that is lost in time is simply lost. In 2001 there were 48 000 pubs nationwide, in 2019 – only 29 000. In the first Corona year 22 500. Rising labor and energy costs accelerate the process: many owners are withdrawing from the unprofitable business. The rulers do not care because it is perhaps easier to govern divided societies without social cohesion which is created when eating and drinking together. They know that society is seething and that many overthrowing parties in history have been created at regulars’ tables.


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