Thursday, October 12, 2006

Bad News For Diversity Mongers

Bad news for diversity mongers. Recent research by the influential political scientist Robert Putnam, of Bowling Alone fame, shows that the more diverse a community is, the less likely its inhabitants are to trust anyone.

PC to the core, Putnam delayed publishing his research until he developed proposals to ostensibly compensate for the negative effects of diversity. It "would have been irresponsible to publish without that," Putnam assures us. Isn’t it nice to see academics zealously pursuing the truth?

In the face of diversity, people tend to "hunker down" and surround themselves entirely with the familiar. "We act like turtles. The effect of diversity is worse than had been imagined. And it’s not just that we don’t trust people who are not like us. In diverse communities, we don’t trust people who do look like us," Putnam says.

Putnam adjusted his data for distinctions in class, income, and other variables but still reached the "shocking" conclusion that untrammeled ethnic diversity, rather than fostering cohesion, is a breeding ground of distrust that spreads like an aggressive cancer, destroying the body politic. "They don’t trust the local mayor, they don’t trust the local paper, they don’t trust other people and they don’t trust institutions," said Prof Putnam. "The only thing there’s more of is protest marches and TV watching."

Putnam found that trust was lowest in Los Angeles, that heaven on earth for mulitcultists everywhere, but that his findings were also applicable in South Dakota.

My libertarian friends ought to pay particular heed to these findings. As they don’t seem to be interested in protecting home, hearth, and nation from desecration and destruction, let me focus for just a brief moment on the god they do worship—the market. The fact is that a free market exists as part of social framework. While that framework needs a system of law to protect property rights, enforce contracts, prosecute practitioners of fraud, etc., it is also dependent on a rudimentary level of trust among the populace. If that trust is undermined, the foundation supporting the entire edifice crumbles, with the state being the institution forcefully putting the house back together.

Putnam’s response to his own findings likewise demonstrates the utter bankruptcy of the modern, liberal mind. A classical liberal like John Stuart Mill knew that free institutions are "next to impossible in a country made up of different nationalities." But speaking of immigration, Putnam says "that immigration materially benefited both the 'importing' and 'exporting' societies, and that trends have 'been socially constructed, and can be socially reconstructed.'"

Putnam went on to say that the host society should actually conform to mindset and needs of the alien. "What we shouldn’t do is to say that they [immigrants] should be more like us. We should construct a new us."

Perhaps Dr. Putnam should go bowling alone and stop giving policy advice at odds with his research findings.


Blogger Scorebored said...

Superb post, sir. The intentional blindness of ivory-tower academics is quite a spectacle, particularly when we note that few of them live in "diverse" communities.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Darrell said...

Yes, the hypocrisy is indeed stunning. Thank you for the kind comments.

7:24 AM  

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