Monday, December 4, 2023

Assimilation Is Essential

Interesting quote, attributed to tech pioneer Marc Andreessen.
The most serious problem in any organization is the one that cannot be discussed.

Reacting to that concept, and writing at Substack, Arnold Kling notes:

The political elites do not want to discuss the issue of how to handle large-scale migration of people from the global South to the global North. Underlying this is an unwillingness to discuss cultural differences between the WEIRD (Western, Educated, Industrialized, Rich, and Democratic) and the rest. And an unwillingness to favor the former over the latter. Consequently, these leaders face populist revolts, surprising them with Donald Trump, Brexit, Geert Wilders, and the Irish anti-immigrant riot.

People outside the progressive elites can see with our own eyes that immigrants from the global South into Western Europe are not assimilating. Right-wing intellectuals use expressions like “invasion” or “great replacement.” But their fears are not allowed to be discussed in polite company.

The Democratic left does not want to champion assimilation, because doing so would concede the conservative proposition that our culture is in some respects superior and worth assimilating into.

Kling leaves out of his list of successful anti-immigrant pols Giorgia Meloni and Viktor Orban.

COTTonLINE believes: Not all cultures are created equal. If you move to my country you adopt my culture's major outlines and values. If I move to yours, I do the same to the extent I am able.