Multiculturalism

Clay Shirky clay@shirky.com
Mon, 22 Oct 2001 07:38:21 -0400 (EDT)


> > But the issue here is not American culture
> 
> Of course it is. American schools, American taxes, American jurisdiction. If
> I'm a Hassidic Jew, I can't move to America and expect separate bus systems,
> or eruvs around my town (cf Palo Alto). All I can hope for, as a religious
> Jew in the States, is a vote. And even that is subject to the constitution,
> which apparently considered this separation of church and state.

This is my position as well, namely that the cultural relativism of
the multiculturalists is unsupportable in a democracy.

> You seem to be implying that I (or someone) thinks it is America's duty to
> actively promote and sustain distinct cultures within its borders.

Aren't you the person who said that a coherent culture is preferable
to a more diluted one? 

-clay