Every year thousands board rickety boats, hide in the backs of trucks, planes, and container ships, cross miles of barren desert on foot… All to get themselves to a land where they can be ruled by a racial group far distant from their own.
They cross the Mediterranean by the hundreds, many dying en route. Not to get to Italy–that’s only phase one–but to the real Eldorado: Northern Europe.
Calais, in the north of France, is now home to a tent encampment of several thousand third-world migrants. Are they content to have made it to one of the richest countries on the planet? They are not. Each day they lie in wait trying to jump in the backs of trucks embarking the Channel ferry for the promised land: the U.K.
Boats of fortune leave regularly from Sri Lanka and Indonesia, full to cracking with Pakistanis, Lebanese, Somalis… Though these Asian and African ‘refugees’ are surrounded by dozens of safe countries which could take them in, they’d rather risk death on the open sea in hopes of reaching a land run by…Anglos. Why?
Gallup recently polled the citizens of Planet Earth, asking 1) Would you like to migrate abroad? and 2) If so, where?
They have concluded that three-quarters of a billion people would, in fact, like to leave their home country.
From this Gallup was able to cook up a Potential Net Migration Index: If everyone in the world could magically land in his country of choice tomorrow, Singapore’s population would rise by 219%. Zimbabwe’s would fall by 47%. The top 20 destinations, according to this measure:
Thirteen of these twenty, one may have noticed, have a little something in common.
Albert Gehring, in 1908 :
Most prominent among the Aryan races are the Græco-Latins and Teutons: besides the ancient Greeks and Romans, the former comprise the Italians, Spaniards, Portuguese, French, and Wallachians; the latter include the Germans, English, Dutch, and Scandinavians. Though resembling one another in many respects when compared with non-Aryan peoples, these races exhibit striking differences of character and institutions when contrasted inter se.
Ah yes, the famous ‘Teutons.’ We regret that the word has gone out of fashion, as it is more elegant than ‘Ethnic Northwest Europeans’ and sounds less country-specific than ‘Germanics.’ We would only add a little ‘-ic’ to make it sound less tribal: ‘the Teutonics.’
Say the etymologists,
“Teutonic” (adj.) — 1610s, “of or pertaining to the Germanic languages and to peoples or tribes who speak or spoke them,” from Latin Teutonicus, from Teutones, Teutoni, name of a tribe that inhabited coastal Germany near the mouth of the Elbe and devastated Gaul 113-101 B.C.E., probably via Celtic from Proto-Germanic *theudanoz, from PIE *teuta-, the common word for “people, tribe” (cognates: Lithuanian tauto, Oscan touto, Old Irish tuath, Gothic þiuda, Old English þeod “people, race, nation”). Used in English in anthropology to avoid the modern political association of German.
The racialists of yore saw a more or less Teutonic sphere in the area emanating from the stomping grounds of the Jutes, Angles, and Saxons:
While it’s not clear what mix of genes / language / culture has permeated the Germanic space, we have to draw lines somewhere. We consider ‘Teutonic’ all the descendents of NW European Germanic language speakers, including all of the British Isles and their offspring-states, Scandinavia (with Finland), Germany, Austria, and Benelux. (We do not include South Africa, as even though it was built and maintained by Teutons, the reins of power have now been passed to others.)
Though we are always told that the global ‘South’ wants to migrate to the ‘North,’ the reality is more nuanced. Hundreds of millions of people from the third world would like very much to live under the rule of a Teutonic people. Why is this so? We shall turn to the indicators to try to understand.
I. RULE OF LAW
Transparency International regularly polls the world on how corrupt they perceive their countries to be:
The World Economic Forum’s annual Competitivity Report is a wealth of world-wide indicators, based on polling of businesspeople. Out of 139 countries surveyed, here are some of the ‘top 20’s:
On many corruption/rule of law measures, then, the Teutonics seem to stand out from the crowd. What about barometers of societal trust?
The biggest cross-cultural values poll in existence, the World Values Survey, asks if ‘people can generally be trusted.’ Delhey et al. as well as Bomhoff and Yean noted that by ‘people’ some ethnies mean ‘the people in my immediate circle’ and others mean ‘people in society.’ Bomhoff and Yean have thus re-normed the data by aggregating with a series of other trust-related queries. The results:
Another trust measure is the famous ‘Wallet test,’ conducted by Gallup. ‘If you lost your wallet in your city/town,’ goes the question, ‘how likely is it to be returned to you by a neighbor / a policeman / a stranger?’
Developed countries only:
(The Wallet Test was also done on American states, for those interested.)
Having considered Rule of Law and Trust, let us examine one of NW Euros’ most salient traits–their egalitarianism.
The Economist Intelligence Unit publishes a yearly ‘Democracy Index,’ which we believe can in part be interpreted as a measure of egalitarianism in one’s society (as seen in contrast to authoritarianism).
Egalitarian feeling can also be gauged in a country’s corporate culture. How frequently do upper managers delegate tasks to their underlings? Out of 139 nations surveyed by World Economic Forum, here are the top 20:
‘Consensual’ cultures also tend to display high levels of cooperation between unions and management. (Strike-loving France, for the record, comes in at #129 on this list.) The top 20, according to polls:
Another way to look at the question is through ‘Power Distance.’ On one end are those who welcome a strict hierarchy and the inequality that implies; on the other end are those who seek a more flat, egalitarian structure. From cross-cultural researcher Geert Hofstede:
IV. FUTURE ORIENTATION
While it is hard to measure time preference exactly, we can spot some possible proxies for it. The World Economic Forum, through its polling of businesspeople in 139 countries, has found a few.
Devotion to education can show, among other things, a keen eye for the future:
The World Economic Forum also collects non-polling data, for example different countries’ credit rating, a classic sign of future orientation:
Though it is little mentioned, we believe the strength of a nation’s currency says a lot about its people’s time preference. When a large chunk of the world chooses to use your money as a reserve currency, it means they consider you not only economically sound but trustworthy, stable, predictable… A glimpse at the world’s reserve currencies today:
The 2001 GLOBE Study at the U. of Pennsylvania, one of the largest ever on cross-cultural values, found the following on time preference:
As well as the following about ‘Uncertainty Avoidance,’ that is, only feeling comfortable about the future when there are rules and order in place:
Wang et al. conducted a study on college students in 45 countries, measuring their ability to delay gratification. Results are below (interesting to note the enormous spread on Anglos):
Next we shall examine a trait that has been stewed over by economists but largely ignored by values researchers: global economic development.
V. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Analysts bicker endlessly about the sources of first-world wealth: Geography? Culture? Exploitation? Luck of the draw? Whatever these sources may be, Teutonics, wherever they are found, tend to enjoy them in abundance.
Though it is rickety as a real measure of a people’s wealth-creating potential (sitting on an oil field is just luck), GDP per capita is still a favorite of economists. We prefer to use GNI (as does the World Bank), as it includes all output created by a country’s residents, whether at home or abroad. Fully aware of the problematic nature of GDP/GNI per capita data, we present it nonetheless:
A more reliable measure of wealth is median household income, but this data is hard to come by at the planetary level. However, the International Labor Organization has gathered data on median wage (adjusted for PPP) in 72 countries:
Strong infrastructure is often a sign of high economic development. From the World Economic Forum’s ranking of 139 countries:
Or that sine qua non of modern communication, internet access:
Finally, the U.N.’s ‘Human Development Index,’ which aggregates life expectancy, total years of schooling, and GNI (gross national income) per capita, could be seen as a proxy for economic development. As we feel the focus on national income is less important, we’ve chosen to use the version of the index which excludes this variable:
VI. OTHER INDICATORS
Having looked at how Teutonics measure up on Rule of Law, Trust, Egalitarianism, Future Orientation, and Economic Development, let us peer under a few more pots. While not easy to categorize, the following indicators could nonetheless help us understand why 50% of the world’s potential migrants want into that 8% of the planet run by NW Euros.
The ability to file patents depends on a hodge-podge of qualities–creativity, intelligence, economic development, no doubt many more…We present it here, only the top 20 of 139 countries consulted:
Maciamo at Eupedia has made a map using value researcher Geert Hofstede’s Individualism-Collectivism data for Europe:
The century of third-wave feminism has brought the notion of Women’s Power to the fore. Considered by many to be a sign of ‘development’ or ‘enlightenment,’ this indicator is an aggregate of data from the U.N. Development Program, World Economic Forum, and Economist Intelligence Unit:
The E.U., through its ‘Eurobarometer,’ looks at diverse indicators among its member states. Two that may or may not give us some more clues about the attraction of NW Euro states for migrants:
LACK OF IN-GROUP FEELING
The 62-nation GLOBE values study asked about levels of patriotism and family loyalty (‘In-Group Collectivism’):
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The Greeks and Latins are talkative, vivacious, and quick in their actions, the English and Germans taciturn and deliberative. The latter are passionate lovers of nature, the former evince but little enthusiasm for the glories of Pan. […]
The persistency of the Teutons is shown in the patience and diligence of the German labourer, the tedious researches of the university professor, the dogged resistance of the English soldier, and the indomitable energy of the Yankee speculator. It may account for their marvellous success in colonisation and their mastery over the material world; for the commercial prosperity of the Dutch during the 17th century, the English supremacy of the last hundred years, and the German and American emergence of to-day .
Since the time when they were but a mild annoyance at the borders of mighty Rome, the Germanics have migrated, conquered, spread their languages and cultures far and wide–in the Anglos’ case, to the four corners of the world. Since they let go of their empires, a surprising reverse-colonialism has brought millions of Sun People to their shores, clamoring to be ruled by them once again.
How did we get here? How has this group of marginal Teutonic tribes come to so utterly seduce the spirits of the world’s migrants, creating societies that are the envy of the planet?
Before NW Euros start patting themselves on the back, they would do well to remember the traits that make their societies so pleasant are for the most part the result of chance. It’s been hypothesized that northern ‘Ice Peoples’ evolved in a harsh environment that selected for future orientation, organization, cooperation, and high parental investment (r/K-Selection Theory). The abundant environment of ‘Sun Peoples,’ the theory goes, would have selected for just the opposite.
Much later, as HBD Chick has shown in detail, the Germanic ‘core’ of Northern Europe underwent a series of unusual selection pressures. Among them were Church-imposed outbreeding and manorialism, which seem to have fostered more nuclear families and individualism, commonweal-orientation, civicness and less violence. The strange path NW Euros took has left its mark, and they in turn have left their mark on the world. Britannia once ruled the waves, now it is her Anglo cousins the Americans on whose empire the sun never sets.
Teutonics today only make up 8% of the world’s population, yet they make up nearly 50% of the destinations of those who wish to migrate:
But part of what makes them such welcoming hosts–their out-group altruism and tolerance–can also lead them down a path of national self-destruction if they do not take care to preserve their own cultures. As Harpending and Cochran have shown, natural selection is roaring along faster than ever. The very traits that allowed Teutonics to captivate the world may very well end up being their downfall. Only time will tell.