In an article in the new issue of National Review, Dalrymple disagrees with much of the sociology in David Cameron’s recent speech about multiculturalism. Home-grown terrorists are not, he says, “culturally isolated and alienated figures… cut off from mainstream British life by ghettos and the multicultural nonsense that leaves then [sic] unable to speak English”. On the contrary, they know all too well the temptations of that culture, and they reject them.
But then he says something surprising: “…multiculturalism is not a major direct contributor to home-grown terrorism”. Perhaps his remark is sufficiently qualified, but I thought that multiculturalism was responsible both for the mass immigration that has filled Britain with so many people of foreign belief and for the refusal to offer those foreigners any attractive culture to which they can convert, in other words, the major ingredients of home-grown terrorism.
He agrees with the immigration part of the equation:
Multiculturalists generally rejoice at mass, and indiscriminate, immigration, not because they are admirers of, say, Somali political philosophy, but because they want the culture of their own country to be diluted as much as possible: for only by rejecting what they have inherited do they think they can show their independence of mind and generosity of spirit. Let the heavens fall, so long as I am thought (by my peers) to be a free-thinker.
Perhaps he is just saying that the intellectuals who have sought to destroy British culture were not motivated primarily by multiculturalism, which after all does seem like more of an excuse than a reason.
In any case, you can read the article here (purchase required).
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I agree with you Steve – it is a bit hard to see what Dalrymple was saying here, but in the rest of the article he is really quite critical of the naiveté of multiculturalism – the “cult of ignorance” as Mark Steyn calls it.
btw I notice at the end of the article it cites TD as author of “Utopias Elsewhere” – this seems to be one of his more obscure books – on Amazon UK for over £50!
I subscribed to the National Review to read that article. No way to read it for free unless it was copied and pasted which would of course violate their copyright and help put them out of business.
John, there is always your local library. Other than that, I don’t know of any place to read it for free. Sorry!
You’re right, Gavin. The piece is still a great takedown of multiculturalism.
I love Utopias Elsewhere aka The Wilder Shores of Marx. I’m sure when Monday Books releases the “e” version, it will be much more affordable. For my summary of it, see here if you’re interested:
Thanks, Steve. A very interesting review (like all the others on your site!).
I will more than likely buy the e-book when Monday Books releases it.
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