The Perils of Thoughtless ‘Diversity’: Europe is learning that not all cultures are mutually compatible.


Muslim youths clash with police in suburban Paris, August 2014. (Pierre Andrie/Getty)

Islamic terrorist attacks in Europe, and European governments’ counter-attacks are more than just a passing news story. Europe is currently in the process of paying the price for years of importing millions of people from a culture hostile to the fundamental values of Western culture. And this is by no means the last of the installments of that price, to be paid in blood and lives, for smug elites’ utopian self-indulgences in moral preening and gushing over the magic word “diversity.”

Generations yet unborn will still be paying the price, whether in large or small installments, depending on how long it takes for the West to jettison utopianism and come to grips with reality.

Meanwhile, in the United States, no one seems to be drawing any lessons about the dangers of importing millions of people from fundamentally different cultures across our open border. In America, “diversity” has still not yet lost its magical ability to stop thought in its tracks and banish facts into the outer darkness.

Perhaps here, as in Europe, that verbal magic can only be washed away in the blood of innocent victims, many of them yet unborn.

To cross our open border with Mexico, you don’t have to be Mexican or even from Central America. You can be from Iran, Syria, or other hotbeds of Middle Eastern terrorism.

It is one of the monumental examples of political irresponsibility that the southern border has not been secured during administrations of either party, despite promises and posturing.

Many fine people have come here from Mexico. But, as with any other group, some are just the opposite. With open borders, however, we don’t even know how many people who cross that border are Mexican, much less anything more relevant, like their education, diseases, criminal records, or terrorist ties.

There are some politicians — both Democrats and Republicans — who just want to get the issue behind them, and are prepared to leave the consequences for others to deal with in the future, just as they are leaving a staggering national debt for others to deal with in the future.

These consequences include irreversible changes in the American population. Ethnic “leaders” and welfare-state goodies guarantee the fragmentation of the population, with never-ending strife among the fragments. People who enter the country illegally will get not only equal benefits with the American people who created those benefits, they will get more than many American citizens, thanks to affirmative action.

We cannot simply let in everyone who wants to come to America, or there will be no America to come to. Cultures matter — and not all cultures are mutually compatible, as Europeans are belatedly learning, the hard way. And “assimilation” is a dirty word to multiculturalists.

State and local officials who blithely violate their oath to uphold the law, and indulge themselves in the moral posturing of declaring their domains to be “sanctuaries” for people who entered the country illegally, are unlikely to reconsider until disastrous consequences become far too big to ignore — which is to say, until it is too late.

Meanwhile, harsh punishments are reserved for people in business who fail to carry out the law-enforcement duties that elected officials openly declare they are not going to carry out.

To many in the media, the only question seems to be whether we are going to be “mean-spirited” toward people who want to come here — especially children who were brought here, or sent here, “through no fault of their own.”

It is as if those children had some pre-existing right to be in the United States, which they could lose only if they did something bad themselves. But those children had no more right to be here than children in India, Africa, or other places with millions of children living in poverty.

Surely we can think ahead enough to realize that children living in this country illegally are going to grow up and have children of their own, with cultures and values of their own — and ethnic “leaders” to promote discontent and hostility if they don’t get as good results as people who have the prevailing American culture, beginning with the English language.

You can’t wish that away by saying the magic word “diversity” — not after we have seen what “diversity” has led to in Europe.

— Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His website is © 2015 Creators Syndicate Inc.


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commented 2015-01-25 10:58:03 -0500 · Flag
Chris R. writes:

Bravo martin! Learned truth every syllable you’ve written.

I know a guy afflicted similarly as this earnest chump below. Sweetheart, but emotes these fact-retardant inanities. it’s a religion for these types.. the multi-culti victimology catechism that will bot be discredited by history nor current realities.

did you catch our esteemed secretary of state (impotence)?… kerry invites james taylor to paris with him to salve the french wounds by warbling ’you’ve got a friend’ to the aggrieved. like i said… it’s a catechism for these surrealists, nothing will shake them from their inebriated stupor of a world-view.
commented 2015-01-24 19:43:17 -0500 · Flag
Martin M. writes:

“A century ago they would have become Anarchists or Communists, later on they would have become secular nationalists. Now they are Islamists because it’s the trendy thing to do.”

Wow, jihadis become jihadis because it’s “trendy”?!? And because they are somehow deprived, that is an excuse to become depraved?

Whoever your buddy is suffers from a catastrophic failure to understand history, that in today’s world is nothing short of irresponsible. If your friend posits that the current wave of imperial, convert-or-die jihadism is in response to not “fitting in” Western societies, how would he explain the battles of Tours, Kosovo, Constantinople and Vienna? How would he explain the background for The Barbary Wars? And on a slightly different tack, the islamic-nazi connection during WW2 where haj amin al husseini (I’ll leave that one for you to look up on wiki…he is a person worth understanding) spent the war years in Germany co-designing the final solution to kill the Jews of Europe so they wouldn’t wind up in Palestine, step two being given free rein after the nazi victory to finish off the ones already there? I am not a fan of The HuffPo but this article provides some key historical perspective…perhaps your friend should read it and maybe pick up a book or two on the subject before spouting such thoughtless blather (

And if “Islamic culture is NOT “hostile to the fundamental values of Western civilization””, then why is there not a single truly democratic muslim nation in the world? Why are women, gays and non-muslims treated as second-class citizens subject to involuntary genital mutilation, no education, no rights…death…and either death or dhimmitude? How would he explain the slavery that is endemic to muslim culture…to this day in Nigeria and the Middle East? Free speech…hurt feelings justify violence? If that’s not anathema and downright hostile to Western civilization, I would hate to see a culture that he thinks is.

Perhaps he should stop taking his talking points from today’s fifth column: the current US administration (incl noted islamic scholar john kerry), the rest of the global muslim apologists and their paymasters at CAIR (which will bring you back to Saudi and Qatar amongst others), throw of the useful idiot dunce cap and diversity quilt and wake up. Maybe grow a pair and read some Churchill. Appeasement just ensures you will be among the last to die while on your knees…there is the better alternative of standing up and fighting for the same Western civilization that enabled him to have the right to speak freely, however dumb his words.
commented 2015-01-23 18:46:02 -0500 · Flag
Victor writes:

WW II – British Military Cemetery in Libya.

Every time a joke and/or cartoon is made about the Koran, the whole world turns upside down…!! and we are all called racists!!!! However they appear to do whatever they like and no one says anything.

Majority of people remain silent. See this video while it’s available & before its removal !!!
commented 2015-01-23 18:43:47 -0500 · Flag
Victor writes:

I agree – sowell genius – I.M. moron
commented 2015-01-23 18:38:57 -0500 · Flag
John Gault writes:

IM is a cretin. A typical Left-Wing-Indoctrinated, badly maleducated dimwit who probably thinks of himself as awesomely intelligent. His answers are sophomoric, misinformed, and simple-minded.

1. The US border with Mexico is NOT “Open”
Wrong, bud. The US-Mexico border is a sieve…millions of illegals have traipsed back and forth over it yearly for decades. No other nation on earth has had its porous borders and sovereignity more abused than the US…Mexico and the flea-pits in Central America flush their unwanted, mostly uneducated human refuse into the American Southwest…and then the migration into the heartland and northern climes begins…
2. The Mexicans impose strict visa requirements on citizens of countries who are prone to sneaking into the US (e.g. Brazil).
Wrong, bud. The Mexicans publish leaflets and catalogs detailing the fastest and safest way to get into the US and how best to take advantage of its government largess. Has this fuck ever been to Mexico? Where does he get his mis-info?
3. Islamic culture is NOT “hostile to the fundamental values of Western civilization”. For one thing, who do you think introduced us to Aristotle, the zero, algebra etc?
IM is an ignorant fool. Has he ever read the Koran. Sura 9? Has he ever been taught that true Islam is not only a religion but a complete political structure to govern (i.e. Theocracy). That Islam has never been through a Reformation or an Enlightenment? That democracy or liberty or freedom have NOTHING to do with Islam, which literally (ontologically) means Submission? Does this fuck know that the Zero and the “Arabic” numbers were actually Hindi in origin and brought West by Arabic scholars? (i.e. not Arabic at all)

And then he claims that standing against the Islamization of the West is only “trendy” instead of an existential battle for the soul of the West?

Has this imbecile ever been to France (as I have…numerous times…and I speak the language)
commented 2015-01-23 18:18:41 -0500 · Flag
I.M. writes:

1) The US border with Mexico is NOT “Open”
2) The Mexicans impose strict visa requirements on citizens of countries who are prone to sneaking into the US (e.g. Brazil).
3) Islamic culture is NOT “hostile to the fundamental values of Western civilization”. For one thing, who do you think introduced us to Aristotle, the zero, algebra etc?

The problem is France’s be 100% French or else be forever a foreigner approach to integration combined with the charisma of religious extremism. When you get millions of people stuck in isolated high rise projects with not much prospect of ever getting a decent job or being considered fully part of the broader society, some of them are going to get murderously violent. A century ago they would have become Anarchists or Communists, later on they would have become secular nationalists. Now they are Islamists because it’s the trendy thing to do.

In any case, there are millions of Muslims in France (approximately 8% of the population) and France has to learn to integrate them by making both its society and its economy more flexible. The UK – with its more pragmatic approach – has been much more successful. British-born Muslims now outperform the natives on school exams and earn more than they do on average. They also love the UK because of the opportunities it has given them.

Sowell is a moron.