Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Multiculturalism is "juvenile"?

"Accepting the proposition that a culture that has brought freedom of conscience, freedom of religion, freedom of speech, equal rights for women, and free enterprise to the world is of equal (or lesser) value than cultures that have done nothing of the kind (or worse) is accepting a fairy tale. Living by such theory is living in a world of pretend. And to abide by such a suspension of disbelief -- and we do, from left to right, across the political spectrum -- requires us to suppress our faculties of logic and reason. This strikes me as the very definition of infantilization. What's more, as the "bringing down Western civilization" part of the subtitle indicates, it strikes me as a perilous threat to our existence -- greater, even, than the spread of Islam, because it is our infantilism that is making us accept it."

-- Diana West, Preface, "The Death of the Grown-Up. How America's Arrested Development is Bringing Down Western Civilization"

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