Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A Liberal Discovers an Inconvenient Truth

The Boston Globe wonders what happens when liberal academics stumble upon inconvenient truths.

Robert Putnam, author of the bestseller Bowling Alone, has found diversity has a downside. Reporting on Putnam's findings, The Globe reports, "The greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects. In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings."

Pat Buchanan also comments on the study, writing that the fate of the American polity is being sealed by mass immigration.

None of this is news to readers of this blog, who were treated to commentary on Putnam's research last October. You can read it here.


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