2002 November 19 Tuesday
John Derbyshire On The National Question

John Derbyshire points out that while advances in communications and transportation are bringing people from around the world in increasingly closer contact with each other the cultural differences are not melting away as fast as the contacts are increasing. America has to worry as never before about the loyalties of non-citizen residents and of naturalized and native born citizens whose religious beliefs come with political loyalties to entities outside of the United States. We can not afford to ignore this growing problem:

This and the other, related issues are getting very acute. In a way, that is a paradox. We live, after all, in the age of globalization, when the differences between nations are melting away, when you can eat an identical MacDonalds hamburger in Baltimore, Beijing or Berlin. To ask Americans to become more conscious of their nationality in such an age seems absurd. The kind of things we read on MEMRI, though, remind us that the cultural homogenization of the human race has quite a way to go yet. The traditional insouciance of Americans towards citizenship and immigration belonged to a time when the country was empty, travel was difficult, and an ethic of assimilation was taken for granted by everyone — conditions that apply less and less every year.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2002 November 19 10:17 AM  Immigration Culture Clash


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Fouad said at July 12, 2005 11:53 AM:

CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTORS


Five days a week, Jeremy Hinzman, a native of South Dakota, rides his bicycle through the busy streets of Toronto. Since receiving his Canadian work permit this winter, he has been employed as a bicycle messenger, a job he had “been wanting to try for eons.” Hinzman is 26 and in excellent shape


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