A practical result of believing that all cultures are equal
Complementing my discussion with Jeff in England about the meaning of liberalism, Simon N. writes from England:
A UK Conservative party think tank has just released a security report on “uniting the community.” On my reading it seeks to reject cultural Marxism/left liberalism, while also rejecting conservatism, and seeking to adhere to classical liberalism, thus keeping the door open to cultural-Marxist values. It says: “Integration is a two way street”—i.e. we must change our way of life to conciliate hostile immigrants.LA replies:
It actually says, “Integration is a two-way street”? Amazing. Proof that liberalism is incompatible with the continued existence of any particular society. After all, if we believe in equality, how can we expect that assimilation should be a one-way process in which immigrants assimilate to our culture but we don’t assimilate to theirs?Simon N. reples:
They say “In an age of migration, the mental image of ourselves as a settled society to which incomers should conform without change or effort on our part is unhelpful.”LA replies:
I’m laughing out loud at that “mental image of ourselves” quote.LA writes:
The idea that assimilation or integration should go both ways, meaning that the culture of the host society to which the immigrants have immigrated has no priority over the immigrants’ culture, is exactly analogous to the late-liberal idea that democratic majority rule must be rejected because it gives the majority more power than the minority.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at August 02, 2007 06:53 AM | Send