From: Left Behind In Chicago [Email him]
"a violent, sudden and unexpected change for the worse, leading to extreme misfortune, or to utter ruin."
Though our side has a history of pessimism (See Derbyshire's We Are Doomed, or William Rusher's 1976 pronouncement that the Soviets would conquer the entire world), once in a while we get some surprisingly good, unexpected news that breaks our way—let's call it:
A “eutastrophe” is the opposite of a "catastrophe"—it's a sudden, unexpected change for the better.
The Chicago Tribune has just reported the very positive and (to those not in the know) unexpected good news that low-skilled Mexican immigration has slowed down and actually reversed here in the Chicago metropolitan area:
With opportunities limited by a still-struggling economy, the historic wave of Mexican immigration appears to have reversed after decades of growth that transformed the U.S., according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonprofit research group.
With the change of direction that may again reshape communities in both countries, about 1.4 million Mexican immigrants in the U.S. returned home from 2005 to 2010, most voluntarily, the center reported last spring. That number, which also includes deportations, is roughly double the number of Mexicans who left the U.S. between 1995 and 2000.
"I believe the era of great Mexican migration is probably over,” said Allert Brown-Gort, a fellow at Notre Dame University’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies who has written extensively about Latin American immigration in the Midwest.
So, to answer the often repeated question, self-deportation works, illegal immigration can be greatly reduced through attrition, and (most importantly).... a bad economy, which is virtually guaranteed in a Lib Dem, Obama administration.
The most noted instance of a “eutastrophe " in my lifetime was The racial/cultural/crime restoration in New York City after the Crown Heights Brooklyn Riots—even New York Jewish voters ditched Dinkins for "Rudy" Giuliani and the take back of New York City.
So if racially-terrorized, war-torn New York City in the early 1990s can come back from the dead. and become a nice place to live and work for "traditional Americans", we should look for a pleasant surprise—a "eutastrophe" in many other places.
James Fulford writes: Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien had a similar idea that he called the “eucatastrophe”–the happy ending that happens unexpectedly at the last minute. It’s sort what happened at the end of the Cold War. I’m not sure that Mexican emigration qualifies, but we'll take what we can get.