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.
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:
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).