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Switzerland: Too many people in the mountains

“Switzerland isn’t merely growing, it’s exploding.”

Andreas HoneggerNeue Zürcher Zeitung

“Switzerland isn’t merely growing, it’s exploding,” said Andreas Honegger. Since I was born in 1948, the population has doubled from 4 million to 8 million. And immigration continues to surge by nearly 100,000 a year. Every year, we need more hospitals and schools, and more miles of roads—“although, since it’s politically impossible to get new roads built, we just get more traffic jams and more pollution.” Sure, the economy is doing swimmingly and we’re richer than ever in monetary terms, but as a matter of quality of life, “we are all getting poorer.” More people crammed into our scenic landscape means we need more laws so we can all get along, and that means less freedom. And the environmental degradation is painfully obvious. It is shocking to me that the Left—including the Green Party, which purports to speak for the environment—continues to support unfettered immigration as an absolute good. Equally shocking is the support of the Right, which apparently puts economic gain ahead of patriotism. Continued immigration means “the progressive destruction of our landscape, our identity, and our freedom.” I ask “all who love the mountains” to join me in begging our leaders to change course.

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