Sowell: The Multicultural Cult

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  1. Sowell: The Multicultural Cult
    By Thomas Sowell October 19, 2010 7:19 AM

    Somebody eventually had to say it -- and German chancellor Angela Merkel deserves credit for being the one who had the courage to say it out loud. Multiculturalism has "utterly failed."

    Multiculturalism is not just a recognition that different groups have different cultures. We all knew that, long before multiculturalism became a cult that has spawned mindless rhapsodies about "diversity," without a speck of evidence to substantiate its supposed benefits.

    In Germany, as in other countries in Europe, welcoming millions of foreign workers who insist on remaining foreign has created problems so obvious that only the intelligentsia could fail to see them. It takes a high IQ to evade the obvious.

    "We kidded ourselves for a while," Chancellor Merkel said, but now it was clear that the attempt to build a society where people of very different languages and cultures could "live side-by-side" and "enjoy each other" has "failed, utterly failed."

    This is not a lesson for Germany alone. In countries around the world, and over the centuries, peoples with jarring differences in language, cultures and values have been a major problem and, too often, sources of major disasters for the societies in which they co-exist.

    Even the tragedies and atrocities associated with racial differences in racist countries have been exceeded by the tragedies and atrocities among people with clashing cultures who are physically indistinguishable from one another, as in the Balkans or Rwanda.

    Among the ways that people with different cultures have managed to minimize frictions have been (1) mutual cultural accommodations, even while not amalgamating completely, and (2) living separately in their own enclaves. Both of these approaches are anathema to the multicultural cultists.

    Expecting any group to adapt their lifestyles to the cultural values of the larger society around them is "cultural imperialism" according to the multicultural cult. And living in separate neighborhoods is considered to be so terrible that there are government-financed programs to take people from high-crime slums and put them in subsidized housing in middle-class neighborhoods.

    Multiculturalists condemn people's objections to transplanting hoodlums, criminals and dysfunctional families into the midst of people who may have sacrificed for years to be able to escape from living among hoodlums, criminals and dysfunctional families.

    The actual direct experience of the people who complain about the consequences of these social experiments is often dismissed as mere biased "perceptions" or "stereotypes," if not outright "racism." But some of the strongest complaints have come from middle-class blacks who have fled ghetto life, only to have the government transplant ghetto life back into their midst.

    The absorption of millions of immigrants from Europe into American society may be cited as an example of the success of multiculturalism. But, in fact, they were absorbed in ways that were the direct opposite of what the multicultural cult is recommending today.

    Before these immigrants were culturally assimilated to the norms of American society, they were by no means scattered at random among the population at large. On New York's lower east side, Hungarian Jews lived clustered together in different neighborhoods from Romanian Jews or Polish Jews -- and German Jews lived away from the lower east side.

    When someone suggested relieving the overcrowding in the lower east side schools by transferring some of the children to a school in an Irish neighborhood that had space, both the Irish and the Jews objected.

    None of this was peculiar to America. When immigrants from southern Italy to Australia moved into neighborhoods where people from northern Italy lived, the northern Italians moved out. Such scenarios could be found in countries around the world.

    It was in later generations, after the children and grandchildren of the immigrants to America were speaking English and living lives more like the lives of other Americans, that they spread out to live and work where other Americans lived and worked. This wasn't multiculturalism. It was common sense.
  2. Yep, time to cut the PC bullshit and preserve western civilization. Interesting to see europe leading the way out of this mess. Germany, in the UK the BNP got a few seats, the sweden democrats got about 20 seats, the PVV is now more or less the leading party in the netherlands, front national got a couple seats in france, minaretes are banned in switzerland.

    Now if we could get north america to follow suit...
  3. Only white countries are called upon to practice "diversity". Only Whites need to suffer integration they don't want, in their own countries. "Diversity" is always achieved at the expense of Whites. Whites are the only group who are falling all over themselves to accept other races and cultures. Whites are required to be raceblind, to bend over backward to show they are not "racist" while daily we face open contempt from other races merely because we are White, because the PC orthodoxy has empowered them to do so. Blacks and browns don't need to be raceblind. They are free to exult in their ethnicity, while it's considered racism for Whites to do that.

    How is it civilizations produced by White Europeans are the only ones that should be diverse? Why don't Africans worry about having a white president? Why doesn't China have Europeans or blacks in it's communist controlled parliament? The answer is quite fundamental. Because those peoples don't question their right to survive as a unique people and culture because they know it is cultural suicide to allow themselves to be overrun or ruled by people of alien cultures. It isn't an issue to them that they should maintain themselves because they do not suffer multiculturalism, which societal suicide. Why can't whites do the same without being labelled "racists" or "bigots" or whatever new buzzwords the PC orthodoxy comes up with? I hope we can do that before we allow the PC orthodoxy to destroy western culture.
  4. jem


    If you review the history of diversity and multi kulti movement you will find the answer.

    Anything George Soros promotes... is devious.
  5. Soros is a vocal Israel critic. Hence, it's highly devious to be an Israel critic. Seems a bit contradictory to your usual narrative...

  6. jem


    Hopefully you see my usual narrative as a person who narrative is about individual rights, more freedom, lower taxes and less government....

    It fits perfectly into the soros is a devious person agenda.

    He escapes eastern block commies as a Jew name Schwartz.

    Yet he is now a pro socialist virtually commie agitator; and you tell me he does not even support Israel?

    What kind of Jewish eastern block refugee would not support Israel?

    I tell you... one whose bread is buttered by people whose agenda is anti freedom and anti self determination.

    Feel free to explain why I am wrong.
  7. I guess it depends on how you define "supports Israel". I haven't heard him call for Israel's destruction, but he has been harshly critical of Israel on multiple occasions. Indeed he was one who blamed 9/11 on the policies of Bush and Ariel Sharon.

  8. You're right. A couple of years ago Soros said that Israel was more responsible for the problems of the Middle East than the Palestinians because Isreal had greater power and therefore greater responsibility.


    Sidney Shapiro (Chinese: 沙博理; pinyin: Shā Bólǐ) (born December 23, 1915) is an American-born author and translator who has lived in China since 1947. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he is of Jewish ethnicity. He resides in Beijing, and is a member of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Council.

    Israel Epstein (April 20, 1915 in Warsaw, Poland – May 26, 2005 in Beijing, China, Chinese: 伊斯雷尔·爱泼斯坦; pinyin: Yīsīléi'ěr Àipōsītǎn) was a naturalized Chinese journalist and author.

    Israel Epstein was elected as a member of the Standing Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People 's Political Consultative Conference, an advisory body, in 1983.

    During his life, Israel Epstein was honored by Zhou Enlai, Mao Zedong, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin, and current Chinese President Hu Jintao. His funeral was held at the Babaoshan Cemetery for Revolutionaries, in Shijingshan District, Beijing on June 3, 2005 at 9:30 A.M. The ceremony was attended by many officials, among them President Hu Jintao, Premier Wen Jiabao, as well as Politburo Standing Committee members Jia Qinglin and Li Changchun. After the service, his body was cremated.

    Ruth F. Weiss, also known as Wèi Lùshī 魏璐诗, (December 11, 1908 - March 6, 2006) was a Jewish-born Austrian-Chinese educator, journalist, and lecturer. She was the last surviving European eyewitness of the Chinese Communist Revolution and the beginnings of the People’s Republic of China.

    In 1983 she was named one of eleven foreign experts by the Communist Party of China that were part of membership of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference. She died in Beijing, aged 97.

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  10. Interesting. All of them born before WWI.

    #10     Oct 21, 2010