I can't make up my mind
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)
I'm not much for this 'all or nothing' crap when it comes to these bipolar disCUSSions.
I don't want a bleaching vat removing all flavor, nor a 12 grain bread barely held together by a tiny bit of flour.
I like my stews with chunks of ingredients big enough to taste the different flavors but still benefiting from the harmony of a good simmer.
Fact is our culture worships individualism, some might say to a fault- libertarianism is based on that, there is our me- first culture, and I got mine to hell with the rest of you guys tribe.
same on multiculturalism, we can become so focused on our differences we forget what drew us together.
But even after 150 years we still celebrate the differences of Irish Folks, but seem a tad put-off Hispanic folks like a day to do everything the Irish do but with more spice. I gave up counting the number of people who are quick to tell me they are some part EYE-talian. Love to hear the various accents when i go to Lawton, where spouses from around the world mingle with boot scootin' Okies.
And when it comes to multi-culturalism even 'real' Americans get into the act with 'I'm from Texas' and Valley girl chic. Our 'American' culture varies from region to region. Here in Oklahoma you can find little hottie teens running around in designer cammy that a New Yorker wouldn't be literally caught dead in. Texas loves to use the death penalty and northern states have outlawed it.
So I'm not so sure I'd focus too much on immigrants as a big driver of 'multi-culturalism'. Well unless you count Texans as immigrants...
"The crisis will end when fear changes sides" - Pablo Iglesias Turrión
"Austerity is used as a cover to reconfigure society and increase inequality and injustice." - Jeremy Corbyn
I'm for cultural plagiarism. Take their good **** and dump their bad **** - call it your own.
Its a nonsensical choice. Immigrants will always bring their culture with them and will also adopt aspects of the dominant culture. They will also influence the dominant culture. As they create new generations many aspects of the family's homeland culture will fade away and a few will remain for a few more generations.
It is cruel, intolerant and unnecessary to expect immigrants to abandon their old culture immediately. It is intolerant and stupid to expect the dominant culture to be immune to influence from new immigrants. Someday soon dim sum, tacos and falafels will seem as all-American as pizza, hamburgers and french fries.
Last edited by Hard Truth; 01-17-14 at 02:32 PM.
100% melting pot. There should be no multiculturalism whatsoever. People need to come together, take the best parts of various cultures and put them together into a superior whole.
Liberals will also argue that invading or dominating another nation and forcefully imposing our customs, even if they are more enlightened, is not a good approach because it is likely to create a backlash. It is best to quietly and sensitively use non-profit advocacy to encourage positive change within the other country as much as possible. In some cases, sanctions and/or political pressure should be used to prevent major human rights violations, force/violence is rarely the most effective way to change other cultures, it should be reserved for genocide level atrocities.
Inb4 white Americans claiming to be very knowledgeable about cultural affairs.
Ah, crap. I'm already too late.