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http://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/2010/11/thilo-sarrazin-germany-immigration-multiculturalism-review/ I’ve always been a big fan of listening to both sides of the story. We’ve often heard worrying reports from Germany about Chancellor Merkel’s pronouncement that multiculturalism is dead in Germany. Here’s the flip side of the argument – a more detailed analysis of why German multiculturalism has failed. It’s an interesting article, if only for the reason that it is so difficult to write.

It is rarely popular to write nuanced articles about issues of race in any country, though it is of course quite popular to write very unnuanced protest signs about issues of race – whether claiming that all and sundry are racist bigots, or claiming that immigrants are stealing our jobs. The unpopularity of the task may explain why it was written by “David Goodhart [who] is Prospect’s outgoing editor“. I’m not sure how much I either with either the article or the book, but it’s always good to promote these alternative views.

For one, I don’t think the evidence gathered is a particularly strong indictment of the German version of multiculturalism. The article cites the example of several races who have entered Germany previously without (major) problems. So it does sound like this problem seems concentrated upon one particular race, the Turks (whether or not that is euphemistic for ‘Muslim’, I don’t know).

That said, to say it ‘sounds like’ is different from saying that is the truth. I think that this is not an issue of race or religion but more like a class problem. Those immigrants from uneducated backgrounds are less open to accepting new points of view. For that is what education seeks to do – allow you to open your mind to different value sets and different perspectives. Thus, they refuse to accept new values that might not have existed in their home countries. For example, the notion of democracy and respect for other religions. Others may not see the value of education and thus perpetuate the problem in later generations.

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