Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Douthat: When Immigration Stalls

Dammit, this is exactly the kind of thing I've been worrying about for a couple of years now.
Add to it that the progressive left intelligentsia is now pushing an anti-assimilation position as a matter of principle...and, well, I worry that we're playing with fire. Anti-assimilationism is just a consequence of certain versions of multiculturalism--so nothing about that should surprise anyone. Multiculturalism was pushed onto society in the early '90's without anything much resembling a justification, and now its more extreme consequences are being similarly pushed. This is, of course, the M.O. of the PC left. Asking permission at every "stage" of sex was a joke, a straw that helped break the camel's back, in the '90's. It became a quasi-law at all public universities in the 'teens...
   As Douthat notes...it could be fine. But if it isn't fine, it could be a disaster. And I have no idea how to calculate the odds of those two possibilities. Seriously, this is nothing to screw around with. We'll always want immigration. But it seems like assimilation rates (to whatever extent such a thing is measurable) provide an objective way to determine when it's happening too fast / we've got too much of it.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you seen this?


Sorry I'm not sure how to actually make it a link. Based on the title, I was expecting to dislike the piece. That said, I was wrong about where the East German reference was going, and I ultimately thought the article was helpful. That's perhaps especially noteworthy since Brooks, to many a contemporary progressive, might as well be a neo-Con. (Though I suppose they'd probably call him a neo-Lib, since that's the current rage.)

11:00 AM  
Blogger Winston Smith said...

Yeah, thanks Anon, that IS a pretty persuasive case (for a David Brooks column, anyway...)

It puts my mind at ease to some extent. I don't think Brooks give the other view a run for its money, and some of those arguments are pretty weak...but, still...I want to believe...

11:29 AM  

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