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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Multiculturalism promotes distrust

Robert Putnam, the Harvard sociologist who wrote Bowling Alone, has found out what conservatives have known all along: multiculturalism promotes distrust and tribalism instead of tolerance. The most multicultural places also tend to see the least trust among its citizens. This is unsurprising. Any observer of identity politics, the offspring of multiculturalism, can see how it has divvied up American society into a thousand different interest groups that emphasize our differences, and therefore promotes the same intolerance it claims to fight against, instead of championing our common bonds.

The professor gives away his left-liberal academic bent when he exposes his own depressing mindset at the end of the piece:
Prof Putnam stressed, however, that immigration materially benefited both the 'importing' and 'exporting' societies, and that trends 'have been socially constructed, and can be socially reconstructed'. In an oblique criticism of Jack Straw, leader of the House of Commons, who revealed last week he prefers Muslim women not to wear a full veil, Prof. Putnam said: 'What we shouldn't do is to say that they [immigrants] should be more like us. We should construct a new us.'
What if we're happy with the current us, and don't want to change?

It may be the case that "trends" are "socially constructed." A left-liberal academic like Prof. Putnam naturally hopes that human behavior is "socially constructed" -- that we are so malleable that once we get the social engineering right, diversity and civility can coexist. Instead, I am more inclined to think that this is evidence that there are stubborn features of human nature at work here. After all, is it not easier to befriend and relate to those similar to us?


Blogger Hannah said...

We are such naive little infidels. Unfortunately, our best attributes will bring about our demise.

Multiculturalism will never work with radical muslims because they don't want to fit into the Western world. They want to BE the Western world. Read this article to get the words from the horse's mouth.


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