Robert Putnam: Diversity Is Our Destruction

Robert Putnam: Diversity Is Our Destruction, by Patrick Buchanan, from 2007.

Comes now a blockbuster report by political scientist Robert Putnam, author of the runaway bestseller Bowling Alone. …

After 30,000 interviews, Putnam concludes and reports, against his own progressive convictions, that ethnic and racial diversity can be devastating to communities and destructive of community values.

The greater the diversity the greater the distrust, says Putnam. In racially and ethnically mixed communities, not only do people not trust strangers, they do not even trust their own kind. They withdraw into themselves, they support community activity less, they vote less.

“People living in ethnically diverse settings appear to `hunker down,` that is, to pull in like a turtle,” writes Putnam.

They tend to “withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, to volunteer less, give less to charity and work on community projects less often, to register to vote less, to agitate for social reform more but have less faith they can actually make a difference, and to huddle unhappily in front of the television.” …

Putnam`s implications are ominous. For we are talking here about nothing less than the survival of our country.

America is expected to add something like 100-120 million people in four-to-five decades, almost all people of color who have never before been fully assimilated into any First World nation. Every great city is going to look like Los Angeles, and, as Putnam reported earlier, Los Angeles is a textbook example of a multiracial, multiethnic, multilingual city where levels of suspicion and mistrust approach the maximum. …

Between 1924 and 1965, the Melting Pot worked. It converted the children of 15 million European immigrants into American citizens with shared traditions, values and culture.

But today`s immigration is different. And today`s America is different. The numbers coming are huge, and they are coming from countries, cultures and civilizations whose peoples have never before been assimilated by any European nation.

How do you turn our society from high-trust to a low-trust? Add diversity.