Multiculturalism’s Failure in Europe

by Ryan on February 13, 2011

in Culture,Europe,History,Immigration,UK Politics,War on Terror

Sociologist Neil Howe observed in 1997 that we in America get the feeling sometimes that “millions of self-actualized persons don’t add up to an actualized society,” that the fractious niche-making of multiculturalism may do more to divide us than unite us.  Celebrate diversity — fine.  But at what point does our diversity become a liability?  Think Fort Hood for a moment:  cultural sensitivity led to a preventable massacre.  To quote Mark Steyn on this issue: “What was it they said in the Cold War?  Better red than dead.  We’re not like that anymore.  Better screwed than rude.”

Well, America’s not quite as far down the multicultural parade route as Europe, though our public schools still promote cultural relativism.  Western Europe is beginning to see that not asking immigrants to assimilate in even basic ways can be hazardous for a culture.  First was Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, then Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, and just this week French President Nicholas Sarkozy joined the chorus against continuing their fractious policies of multiculturalism.

It’s been tried and it’s failed.  I’m not sure it was much of a stretch to forecast this outcome, though.  It seems obvious that nations unwilling to defend/spread their culture even within their own national borders are setting themselves up for failure.  Europe’s post-colonial guilt complex is threatening their very cultural identity.  It will be interesting to see how it’s dealt with given Europe’s near religious adherence to political correctness.

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