Ping from an old professor of mine back in his controversial "Clash of Civilizations" days (and to think, he was in the Carter administration). A gloomy, depressing, prophetic read. I think of it as something the as yet unborn author of "The Decline and Fall of the United States" will cite to liberally. I really do think it's too late to stop this. And we have the GOP and the Catholic Church (amongst countless other entities) to thank for much of it!
posted on 02/24/2004 2:25:19 PM PST
("Give the Harkonnen a blade.")
The biggest problem I see is that we seem to have given up on the idea of assimilating newcomers. If this country becomes less white but retains American culture, I don't see a problem. However, government programs and "multiculturalism" have de-emphasized assimilation.
In my cynical moments, I see this as a plot by rich transnationalists. That includes both wealthy Republicans and Democrats. To be brutally honest, this type of thing is good for the managerial/professional/political class. Non-English speaking Mexicans are not going to take away their jobs at Morgan Stanley. As an employer, it's a lot easier to mistreat an illiterate illegal from Chiapas than it is an American-born lower-middle-class person (they have guns, remember). Products and services become cheaper.
Hell, you can even let some of the brightest newcomers into the upper echelons of society. Helps to bring new blood into the Patrician classes.
The Roman Empire was like this, in its last days. The elites became even more rapacious, while the mob became even more useless to the Empire.
Meanwhile, the barbarians gathered over the Danube....
posted on 02/24/2004 2:45:45 PM PST
("The strong do what they can, the weak suffer what they must." - Thucydides)
And we have the GOP and the Catholic Church (amongst countless other entities) to thank for much of it!
"In every country and in every age, the priest has been hostile to liberty. He is always in alliance with the despot..." -- Thomas Jefferson
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