2007 December 16 Sunday
Bolivia Breaks Into White And Indian Pieces

I saw this story and since it seemed totally unsurprising to me I didn't think to post on it. It is like watching the Sun come up in the East. Sometimes I need to remind myself that my view of the world is outside of the mainstream's conventional wisdom about how the world works and that writing about obvious truths is therefore necessary. But Tyler Cowen mentioned the Bolivian secession and I realized then that, hey, gotta state some obvious things. Says Tyler: "What does Bolivia have to do to make the front page?" (says me: "have a big rainbow coalition parade?")

As far as I can tell, there has been a partial secession in Bolivia.  (This story makes it sound more like "autonomy" than secession, but that line is a fine one, try this story too.)  The wealthier, more business-oriented, lighter-skinned, and natural gas-rich provinces near Santa Cruz wish to control their own fate.  But as of 8 a.m., there is nada on the front page of The New York Times.  So far it doesn't make the front page of news.google.com either.  Nor The Washington Post.  Here is a Spanish-language account from Bolivia, it does make the front page there.  Here's a blog report as well.

Multiculturalism. Diversity. Rainbows. Did I mention the power of diversity? The greatness of multiculturalism?

I'm glad Tyler did a post on it because the split between the smarter Spanish and dumber Amerinds in Bolivia fits with a larger pattern going on in Latin America that ought to serve as a cautionary tale for Americans debating immigration. No, the Latins are not all one happy family of diversity. We weaken our own country by importing their divisions and their low trust and low social capital societies into our own.

If you aren't familiar with Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam's research on diversity and trust in America now is the time to start. See Pat Buchanan's Robert Putnam: Diversity Is Our Destruction and Steve Sailer's Diversity Is Strength! It’s Also…Oh, Wait, Make That “Weakness” and Boston Globe and Steven Durlauf on Putnam's diversity research for starters.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 December 16 11:18 PM  Ethnic Conflict


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