Think Asian Carp and Kudzu. Previous post on the subject Some things just aren't good to incorporate into a homogenized society. If you look at Europe as the test case for importing cheap labor from groups of people who have no interest in immersing themselves into the culture of the host country, you'd have to admit the test failed to ameliorate the goals. What has happened has been a chaotic clash of cultures. History could have taught this anyway, but evidently there are people who get into powerful positions in governments who have never studied history and have some unfounded and abstract idea of how to run the planet. This has been a costly mistake over the ages and especially recently for France, Germany, and now the Netherlands.
Netherlands Abandoning Multiculturalism At American Thinker today, Thomas Lifson reports:
"A new integration bill (covering letter and 15-page action plan), which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: "The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society."
Let this be a harbinger of smart thinking to the coming leadership of America. The Progressive mantras of "Diversity," "Multicuralism,"and even "Social Justice" are ideas wrought in the halls of anti-culturalism studies in universities. Anti-culturalism and multiculturalism are two sides of the same coin. (two names for the same thing.) By placing the ideology of "multiculturalism" into a cohesive society with traditional morés and laws, you are, in total effect, eliminating cohesiveness and diluting a culture into incompatible factions, i.e. creating an anti-culture. When our forefathers gave us the freedom to associate, they meant for people of common interests to associate with each other, unfettered by unreasonable interference by government. What progressives have done is to force incompatible cultures into what was a cohesive culture and call it "Multiculturalism," or "Diversity."
Common interests could include many things, but France, Germany, and now the Dutch have learned that they have allowed immigrating populations into their countries who have little or no common interests with the host cultures. (We could have told them this from the lessons of the fall of the Roman Empire, but would they have listened?"
Now if we can only educate our leadership to take that lesson and apply it to our own country, we'd be light years ahead of the curve once again. Instead, we have historically illiterate imbeciles requiring "Diversity" and "Multicultural" programs in order to qualify for government grants and subsidies, using our own tax dollars to implement a deliberate destruction of the American culture. Yes, there was, and hopefully still is, an American culture based on a cohesive determination of our laws and morés....and no, this does not mean we can't enjoy some different cuisine in American restaurants or a dance review by some talented Russians or Irish. The line of demarcation inevitably comes when mass chaos of too many competing values, laws, languages, and morés ensues when concentrated in one place. Hopefully, some adult with wisdom arrives to draw both a figurative and literal line in the sand. That is what has happened in Europe. The mistakes of "Multicuralism" and "Diversity" are what they are trying to put the brakes on in Europe. If only our country would get the message.
Well, today I congratulate the Dutch for recognizing the error of their ways and doing something to try to reverse the tide. I guess the question remains on what to do with all of those people who refuse to assimilate. We'll be watching.