Sunday, March 25, 2007

"They are good and enrich our culture... besides, pissing them off is easy and dangerous"

During the last year or so, the multiculturalists (I mean those people who say that immigrants enrich our culture, that communities with very different cultures can always easily live together, that multiculturalism does not create any problems and that any bad things the representatives of the third-world cultures ever do are isolated incidents that we cannot and should not generalize from) started using a new kind of arguments: "you can't stop them from moving in anyway", "the ones already here will get really pissed off", "you'll need the army for that", "printing those pictures is disrespectful, and, besides, it will cause a riot".

OK, I get it: these are perfectly nice and peaceful people who are just like us and whose rapes, violent robberies, riots and terrorists are totally Isolated Incidents, and who will start rioting again if we don't let more of them in and give them the Most Peaceful title. I understand.

The reason I am pointing this out is not to accuse multiculturalists of hypocrisy: all kinds of groups and individuals, probably myself included, easily switch from realism to idealism and back whenever it happens to suit them. The reason I am pointing this out is that, in this particular case, this is a fairly new phenomenon. Until about a year ago the multiculturalists sounded rather purely idealistic. The reason I am pointing this out is because it is a pretty new development.

Either I am hearing the kind of multiculturalists that used to be silent before that, or the multiculturalists have found realism. In the latter case it will be interesting to see what happens to the multiculturalism as an idea, and whether or not it will survive the encounter with realism.

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