To: Vaduz; a fool in paradise; sickoflibs; stephenjohnbanker; hoosiermama; penelopesire; wagglebee; ...
...Robert Putnam, the Harvard professor who wrote Bowling Alone, has done extensive research on this issue of the effects of diversity. And what hes found is that increasing diversity in a society weakens civic engagement. It erodes those institutions that exist between the individual and the State to mediate this power of the State.
Because what happens is people become less civically engaged. Its not that whites and Hispanics and blacks pull into themselves; its that people stop having anything to do with each other altogether, even the participation in the PTA, participation in Hadassah, even in the frequency of having people over to your house for dinner all decline as diversity increases, eliminating all those little platoons, [that stand] between the individual and the State, and leaving the individual naked in the face of the State.
posted on 12/05/2010 12:32:31 PM PST
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