Hanson: “Countries, ancient and modern, that have tried to unite diverse tribes have usually fared poorly”

NATIONAL REVIEW
America: History’s Exception
by Victor Davis Hanson
June 9, 2016

The United States has always cherished its “melting pot” ethos of e pluribus unum — of blending diverse peoples into one through assimilation, integration, and intermarriage.  The history of state multiculturalism is one of discord, violence, chaos, and implosion. When immigration was controlled, measured, and coupled with a confident approach to assimilation, America thrived. Various ethnic groups enriched America with diverse art, food, music, and literature while accepting a common culture of American values and institutions. Problems arose only when immigration was often illegal, in mass, and without emphasis on assimilation. Sometime in the late 20th century, America largely gave up on multiracialism under one common culture and opted instead for multiculturalism, in which each particular ethnic group retained its tribal chauvinism and saw itself as separate from the whole. READ MORE

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