Multiculturalism Revisited

November 7, 2011

The debt crisis currently afflicting the developed world, particularly Western European nations like Greece and Italy, has been the top news story for much of this year. However, even as we debate whether Greece should remain part of the European Union, or whether Silvio Berlusconi should be forced to resign, you might recall that just last year one of the most widely covered subjects was Prime Minister Nicholas Sarkozy’s decision to deport thousands of Gypsies living in France. Notwithstanding the overwrought and inapt comparisons to policies pursued by Nazi Germany, the repatriation of these individuals did raise the intriguing question of whether multiculturalism and open borders had been rejected by those Europeans upon whom these dogmas had been forced over the past half century. 

I bring this up today because I recently read an essay published in Taki Mag by Gavin McInnes which reexamines the issue of Gyspy culture from a distinctly negative perspective, but which can be applied more generally to many of the unwelcome changes that Europeans and Americans are forced to accept under the rubric of multiculturalism. The notion that we should uncritically embrace every exotic, imported cultural practice or custom-and that we should modify our laws and beliefs in doing so-is an attitude that prevails among elite opinion. The insanity of this philosophy is vividly illustrated in a piece  by New York Times columnist John Tierney, explored in some detail in Bill McGowan’s illuminating work Gray Lady Down, which tries to dispassionately weigh the pros and cons of female genital mutilation.

Whether it’s the fetishization of migrants from the Balkans encamped outside of large European cities, or the indulgent attitude our media displays towards unassimilable Muslim refugees from Somalia, the fact remains that the chasm which exists between the public and its ostensible leaders is vast. Kudos to Gavin McInnes for pointing out an unspoken, yet ineluctable, truth in this regard.

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