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Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Huntington on Multiculturalism

In The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington argues that “multiculturalism is in its essence anti-European civilization. It is basically an anti-Western ideology.” He notes that by denying national culture, the ideology of multiculturalism pushes society towards identify politics; people get divided into groups which compete with each other for political and economic power. But when people are fighting with each other, they are less likely to pose a threat to the multiculturalists who hold positions of power. Thus multiculturalism leads to rise in the power of the government, and a corresponding decline in the civil liberties that people have traditionally enjoyed.

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