Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Anglosphere Assimilation

Every day, tens of thousands of immigrants - legal and illegal - pour into the US, UK and other English-speaking nations. They want to share our prosperity and peace. I see this as a tremendous opportunity, not a threat. The challenge is how well the Anglosphere assimilates these folks, while sustaining the core values of its successful societies.

If you haven't already done so, it worth reading the Anglosphere book. Mark Steyn takes it a bit further, debunking multiculturalism, here's some snips.

The premise of multiculturalism is that all cultures are equally ‘valid’, but of course that’s bunk: some cultures are better, some are worse, some are successes, some are failures.

I’m not being ‘Eurocentric’ here. Perish the thought: an awful lot of European cultures have proved hopeless at sustaining over any length of time representative government, property rights, the rule of law and individual liberty.

Those are largely features of the Britannic world — not just of the United Kingdom, America, Australia and New Zealand but also of India, Singapore, St Lucia, as well as Quebec and Mauritius, to name but two francophone jurisdictions all the more agreeable for having spent their formative years under the British Crown.

That’s one reason why I’m a Eurosceptic — because I don’t think the British have anything to learn from the Belgians or Germans; on the other hand, the Belgians and Germans have quite a lot to learn from Belize and Barbados.

The debate led by the editor of this magazine and others over this last month about promoting ‘Britishness’ is perplexing to an offshore observer, if only because the superiority of the Britannic inheritance should be self-evident. Even in the dodgier parts of the globe, a good rule of thumb is head for the joint that was under British rule the longest: try doing business in Malaysia and then in Indonesia and you’ll see what I mean.

I posted a similarly a while back & an irate Frenchman berated me as an Anglo-supremacy-fantasist.Still, the world's population agrees that places where English is spoken are the places they'll risk their lives to get to. Until recently, the French had a vast camp for illegals just their side of the Channel Tunnel & these were not folks fleeing the UK for France!

And, for all the wailing and gnashing of teeth about welfare cheats, terrorists, law-breakers and multiculturalism, my personal experience is that most immigrants do assimilate. Mexico is a classic low-trust state in which nothing seems to work. And yet much of the US service economy lives off the reliability of Hispanic immigrants. They do all the things you'd expect in a high-trust state: arrive to work on time, work hard, act responsibly, do a quality job, save, and educate their kids.

The neighborhood of our London apartment is peopled by every race under the sun, running and working in businesses, working in stores, waiting at table, sitting in the pubs. Not just folks from Africa and Asia but people from prosperous mainland Europe - French, Italians, Germans etc. Plus lots of people from non-EU States - Romanians for example, like the dental technician murdered on 7/7. And the two guys who did a perfect job last summer remodeling a bathroom for me, taking time out to help me with a critical assessment of modern Russian literature.

And bizarrely, most of these people act like ordinary Brits! They quickly adopt London accents, tell silly jokes, keep their promises, work hard, talk about the weather, and moan about Tony Blair. And even drink cups of tea in times of crisis.

So, we are seeing is a mass integration of the world's best and brightest into the Anglosphere. The process is less than perfect and in subsequent posts, I'm going to try to analyze out the big-gorilla questions.

1. How should the US deal with the 10,000 Mexicans who each day illegally cross the border?

2. How do the Brits deal with dysfunctional behaviors in their Muslim communities, notably violence and women-hatred?

3. How do Anglo societies manage the costs of immigration and assimilation.

4. And what do host nations do with immigrants that fail to assimilate?

5. How can governments of host nations address the concerns of their existing populations?