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Multiculturalism, R.I.P.
The American Spectator ^ | December 2010 | Roger Scruton

Posted on 12/14/2010 3:52:32 PM PST by Delacon

Throughout my adult life governments around the Western world have been propagating the gospel of multiculturalism, which tells us that immigrants, from whatever part of the world and whatever way of life, are a welcome part of our "multicultural" society. Differences of language, religion, custom, and attachment don't matter, they have reassured us, since all can form part of the colorful tapestry of the modern state. Anybody who publicly disagreed with that claim invited the attentions of the thought police, always ready with the charge of racism, and never so scrupulous as to think it a sin to destroy the career of someone, provided he was white, indigenous, and male. To be quite honest, living through this period of organized mendacity has been one of the least agreeable ordeals that we conservatives have had to undergo. Keeping your head down is bad enough; but filling your head with official lies means sacrificing thought as well as freedom.

But now, quite suddenly, the oppression has ceased. Even Angelika Merkel, chancellor of a country whose reputation for political correctness is more carefully nurtured than any other cultural asset, has just told us that multiculturalism is dead -- quite dead. President Sarkozy has for some time been saying the same, while Prospect, Britain's leading left-wing intellectual monthly, currently carries the caption "re-thinking race: has multiculturalism had its day?" This caption is in many ways the most revealing of the current attempts to put multiculti at a distance. For it manages simultaneously to deny and to affirm the original message, which is that to discriminate among cultures is to discriminate on grounds of race -- in other words, to be a racist. This is perhaps the most pernicious of the lies that we have been required to swallow during these years of oppression, since

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: culture; immigration; multiculturalism; pc; theend
Best article I've seen on multiculturalism in a long time.
1 posted on 12/14/2010 3:52:37 PM PST by Delacon
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To: neverdem; steelyourfaith

ping


2 posted on 12/14/2010 3:53:50 PM PST by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: Delacon
Thanx Delacon ! bump for later
3 posted on 12/14/2010 3:56:47 PM PST by steelyourfaith (ObamaCare Death Panels: a Final Solution to the looming Social Security crisis ?)
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To: Delacon

Hallelujah (sp?)! I am so tired of trying to be considerate to people who are abusive.


4 posted on 12/14/2010 3:58:03 PM PST by Silentgypsy
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To: Delacon

Multi-racial is one thing, multicultural is something else. I only want ONE culture in this country: American.


5 posted on 12/14/2010 3:58:13 PM PST by NurdlyPeon (Sarah Palin: America's last, best hope for survival.)
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To: Delacon

I guess most people have noticed that the only nations which simply must be multicultural, or they are just horrible racists are: The USA, Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

How’s multiculturalism coming along in China and India? The Arab nations? Asia? Plenty of people of all cultures moving into those area?


6 posted on 12/14/2010 4:07:04 PM PST by Will88
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To: Delacon
Soon the cult of 'multiculturalism' will be found only in North America.

Scratch that - multiculturalism will be found only in Canada and the USA.

7 posted on 12/14/2010 4:09:24 PM PST by skeeter
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To: Delacon
Heresy! Blasphemy!

Repeat after me!

All Cultures are Equal!!! All Cultures are Equal!!! All Cultures are Equal!!!


8 posted on 12/14/2010 4:12:55 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: skeeter

2050 America = 3rd world Venezuela-like, going nowhere.

2050 Homogenous Japan = Bad a$$ little country building moon-bases and other exciting technologies. Safe streets.


9 posted on 12/14/2010 4:13:38 PM PST by MrInvisible
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To: Delacon

ping


10 posted on 12/14/2010 4:13:57 PM PST by altura
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To: NurdlyPeon
"Multiracial is one thing, multicultural is something else"

Multiracial is multicultural, not something else.


11 posted on 12/14/2010 4:15:40 PM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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I have said even way back in college days (late 80’s, early 90’s) that I was in no way a racist...but was most definitely a culturist.


12 posted on 12/14/2010 4:17:30 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ...In the US the number is 54%)
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To: MrInvisible

*2050 Homogenous Japan = Bad a$$ little country building moon-bases and other exciting technologies. Safe streets.*

Yeah, have you seen the birth rate in Japan recently?


13 posted on 12/14/2010 4:20:05 PM PST by j-damn
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To: Delacon

It will probably get worse before it gets better.

From around ten years ago, some interesting comments and predictions:

Fred articles on race and potential future civil war:

http://www.fredoneverything.net/Blowup.shtml
http://www.fredoneverything.net/Stability.shtml
http://www.fredoneverything.net/Underclass.shtml
http://www.fredoneverything.net/Opportunity.shtml
http://www.fredoneverything.net/Assimilation.shtml


14 posted on 12/14/2010 4:25:54 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: j-damn

Yep, it’s terribly low, but 50 years from now, there will still be a Japan, populated by Japanese. Can’t say the same for America, Europe or Australia.


15 posted on 12/14/2010 4:26:59 PM PST by MrInvisible
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To: NurdlyPeon

Demographic changes which are already in place will change the face of America.

Americans of primarily European, or white, origin, will be a minority in this country in 30 or 40 years.

Slightly more than 50% of all kindergartners in school today are members of some minority group.

America as we know it can survive if we are multi-ethnic in background, but not multi-cultural. There’s a big difference. If all of these immigrants (legal and otherwise) and their children assimilate, we will survive.

On the other hand, if the multiplicity of groups do not assimilate, a multi-cultural America will have major problems.

It’s an open question which of the above will happen.

Considering how many of our big cities and even their suburbs have “gone ghetto”, we may not recognize big portions of this country in the future.


16 posted on 12/14/2010 4:27:34 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Dilbert San Diego

Yeah, but you’re supposed to welcome, even cheer for this. s/

To protest it means you’re racist in the minds of liberals. But they stand to lose the most as LaRaza types won’t share power with white liberals.


17 posted on 12/14/2010 4:34:26 PM PST by MrInvisible
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To: Delacon

Multi-Culti may be on the wane in Germany but the movement hasn’t hit the USA yet.

Two of my personal Hope & Change items:

1- Hope to see Obama out of the White House

2 - Hope to see (and help bring about) the death of multiculturalism


18 posted on 12/14/2010 4:37:03 PM PST by Iron Munro (Those who claim you owe them a living are cannibals seeking to survive by consuming you.)
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To: Delacon

Multiculturalism died in this country when “people used machines their culture couldn’t invent to destroy buildings their culture could never build”.


19 posted on 12/14/2010 4:39:15 PM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: SkyPilot

Could you repeat that for me in larger font? I don’t think I got it.

(chuckle)


20 posted on 12/14/2010 4:59:21 PM PST by CitizenUSA (Consider me a "Domestic Extremist" for believing, "Land of the Free, Home of the Brave!")
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Slightly more than 50% of all kindergartners in school today are members of some minority group.

Here's the thing--many of the people known as "Latinos" in this generation will be considered "white" in the next.

Few people considered southern Europeans "white" at the turn of the 20th century.

Skin tone matters not a bit. It is the culture that people embrace. Who was more American than Frank Capra? A "garlic eater" from Sicily!
21 posted on 12/14/2010 5:06:22 PM PST by Antoninus (Fair warning: If Romney's the GOP nominee in 2012, I'm looking for a new party.)
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To: kearnyirish2
Problem is not as much as multiculturalism as MUSLIMculturalism.
America was build by immigrants in search of better, free system. They brought their culture and tried to preserve it while adjusting to American way of life.
Then come the turbanites with aim of punishing and converting infidels. So now the milticulturalism is the problem because there is resistance to identify the root of evil and dealing with it.
Howbout this solution:
One more attempt to blow up something here, you all will be rounded up and sent back where you came from. If you can't live in peace with your host country, get the heck outa here.
Another attempt to blow or attack US, we find where you from and we will turn your bastard motherland into glass oasis.
...aaaaand there was eternal peace and people lived in harmony while trying to hang onto their culture.
22 posted on 12/14/2010 5:08:06 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: Delacon

Multiculturalism is Western suicide.


23 posted on 12/14/2010 5:38:22 PM PST by WilliamHouston
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To: WilliamHouston
Women can't vote in Saudi Arabia. Is that "culture" OK to feminists? https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sa.html "Suffrage: 21 Years old; male"
24 posted on 12/14/2010 5:59:59 PM PST by 4Liberty ( How do you spell "moral hazard"?: $ 19, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0, 0 0 0.)
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To: Delacon

Do Muslim countries actually have Religious and moral thought police? Who will arrest you, if deemed you broke or looks like you broke any Islam religious law.Can the thought police haul you off to jail indefinitely ? Subject women to beatings, whippings, canings ?


25 posted on 12/14/2010 6:27:29 PM PST by moonshinner_09
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To: Delacon

multiculturalism
every time i hear that term i think of the old schoolhouse rock short about the american melting pot. it talks about people coming here from all over the world to “melt into” the country and become american. the melting pot is much better than the multiculticult.


26 posted on 12/14/2010 6:30:17 PM PST by madamemayhem (defeat is not getting knocked down, it is not getting back up.)
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To: Delacon

multi-culturalism works — only Islam is not a culture but an evil death-cult. Take the UK where you have English, Scottish, Welsh cultures — even in England the folks from Sussex have different sub-cultures to folks from york, say. But all the cultures should be based on Christianity, not Islam


27 posted on 12/14/2010 9:49:13 PM PST by Cronos (Et Verbum caro factum est et habitavit in nobis (W Szczebrzeszynie chrzaszcz brzmi w trzcinie))
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To: RobRoy
That first link you posted Pondering The Black Underclass - was that really written ten years ago?
28 posted on 12/15/2010 3:32:24 AM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Leo Carpathian

Multiculturalism is the problem; if people can’t even agree that a family unit involves a mother, a father, and their offspring (rather than 2 same-sex deviants, or multiple spouses, etc.), than how do you go anywhere beyond that? If people don’t even have a common language, there are rifts created that are not easily overcome. Muslims are part of it, but there are a whole host of others that are destroying the fabric of the society.


29 posted on 12/15/2010 3:55:06 AM PST by kearnyirish2
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To: SkyPilot

>>That first link you posted Pondering The Black Underclass - was that really written ten years ago?<<

Roughly, yes.

That was his 98th article and he typically gave us one every week or two. He started dating the articles at number 187. That was March of 2003. I actually discovered fred through a link in a Freerepublic post in 1998.

Here is his site. You can check them out yourself: http://fredoneverything.net/


30 posted on 12/15/2010 9:21:54 AM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: MrInvisible

Japan might be populated by Chinese at that point. Either way, I probably won’t be around to see it...and if I am, I won’t be mentally acute enough to care.


31 posted on 12/15/2010 11:36:40 AM PST by j-damn
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To: I see my hands

If a “race” of folks is allowed to TRICKLE into our society,
and thus MUST conform to our culture,
I don’t see that as a bad thing.
The problem arises when they DON’T or REFUSE TO assimilate,
bringing the hell-hole culture that they fled from with them.

Your post, though, implies that it is not possible for someone of another “race” to assimilate to our dominant and successful culture. Is this what you meant?


32 posted on 12/15/2010 11:41:42 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB
Yes. Chickens don't tweet and canaries don't cluck.

33 posted on 12/15/2010 11:46:35 AM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: I see my hands

I guess we’ll disagree.
I don’t agree that genetics determines culture.


34 posted on 12/15/2010 11:56:27 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: MrB
"I guess we’ll disagree.
I don’t agree that genetics determines culture."

Okay, if we disagree then that means at least one of us wrong, lol.

Maybe we can agree that if genetics did determined culture then this is what society would look like.


35 posted on 12/15/2010 12:22:37 PM PST by I see my hands (How's that ballot box working out for you?)
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To: I see my hands
Okay, if we disagree then that means at least one of us wrong, lol.

Indeed, that is the basis of logic - the law of non-contradiction.

It could be that genetics and culture are both caused by another factor. But then I'd be getting into Biblical history, the effects of what happened at Babel, etc, which would be an entirely different can of worms.

36 posted on 12/15/2010 12:30:48 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a (de)humanist and a Satanist is that the latter knows who he's working for.)
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To: j-damn

Yeah, but my kids will and so will their kids. As will many flag-waving Americans. It does matter.


37 posted on 12/15/2010 12:56:39 PM PST by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible

How does the demography of Japan matter to your kids and grandkids?


38 posted on 12/16/2010 8:40:55 AM PST by j-damn
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To: j-damn

I was making the point that Japan is a winner in the game of life. They’ll still be around and 98%+ Japanese. Their society is safe, clean and technologically advanced. Instead of wasting their time on multi-culti issues, they’re busy building advanced technologies.

There’s something to be said for homogenous society. There’s a reason why it would be better to live in Japan vs Venezuela which is very multi-culti. I don’t know. But with LaRaza breeding like rabbits on fertility drugs, I don’t see much hope for the US. I worry about my children’s future. I envy the Japanese.


39 posted on 12/16/2010 9:55:30 AM PST by MrInvisible
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To: MrInvisible

*I was making the point that Japan is a winner in the game of life.*

Snort. Tell me another one.

*They’ll still be around and 98%+ Japanese.*

They’ll just be 1/4 fewer of them...and most of them will be 80 years old...and those under 80 will be busy taking care of those who aren’t.

*Instead of wasting their time on multi-culti issues, they’re busy building advanced technologies.*

Yeah, all those robot girlfriends & anime they are busy tinkering with...those aren’t wastes of time.

*I worry about my children’s future. I envy the Japanese.*

Unless THEY start “breeding like rabbits on fertility drugs”, the Japanese quite literally have no future. Japan will be a Chinese colony.


40 posted on 12/16/2010 1:37:04 PM PST by j-damn
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