Thursday, March 23, 2006
Apartheid and Integration in Contemporary America
"Bordering on the Insane," by Kathryn Lopez, National Review Online, 21 March 2006, http://www.nationalreview.com/lopez/lopez200603211638.asp.
"The social reinvention that’s possible through successful immigration: a tale of two cities," by Tom Barnett, Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog, 22 March 2006,
"Clinton Vows to Block Bill Criminalizing Illegal Immigrants," by Beth Fouhy, AP Political Wire, 22 March 2006, http://www.newsday.com/news/local/wire/newyork/ny-bc-ny--clinton-immigrati0322mar22,0,1122337,print.story?coll=ny-region-apnewyork (from NRO's The Corner).
"Adopted in China , Seeing an Identity in America," by Lynette Clemetson, New York Times, 23 March 2006, http://www.nytimescom/2006/03/23/national/23adopt.html.
"In Reversal, Graduate School Applications from Foreigners Rise," by Alan Finder, New York Times, 23 March 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/23/education/23apply.html.
"Seeking Friends in Senate, China Tries Charm," by Joseph Kahn, New York Times, 23 March 2006, http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/23/business/worldbusiness/23china.html
"A Vision, Bruised and Dented," by David Brooks, New York Times, 23 March 2006, pg A27.
"Disconnected Black Youth Plight Worsens," by Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune, 23 March 2006, http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2006/03/disconnected_black_youth_pligh.html.
"U.K.: Court Upholds School's Ban on Muslim Gown," RadioFreeEurope / RadioLiberty, 23 March 2006, http://www.rferl.org/featuresarticle/2006/03/22127a5d-527f-4127-9539-072dca0130a3.html
"Harry Reid's America," by Bill First, VOLPAC, 23 March 2006, http://www.volpac.org/index.cfm?FuseAction=Blogs.View&Blog_id=230 (from NRO's The Corner).
"Hillary the Hawk: The Democrats' Athena Only Differs from Bush in the Details," by Justin Raimondo, The American Conservative, 27 March 2006, http://www.amconmag.com/2006/2006_03_27/cover.html.
While Asians, Mexicans, Christians, and Democrats encourage assimilation in American society and Global commerce, Republicans and blacks conspire to build a new apartheid.
A ton of news stories on connectivity. I'm naturally optimistic, so first the good news.
More Indians and Chinese are attending grad school in American universities. No, this isn't just to give Lady of tdaxp some competition. Rather, encouraging 180 IQ Asians to study in the United States is in our long-term benefit. It puts them in the United States, learning American ideas and working on American projects, allowing us to take the very best of other countries. Short-sighted US visa rules in the wake of 9/11 had dropped the number of international students applying to study in America - driving them to Europe or elsewhere. Fortunately, things are turning around.
That's the end of the good news. There's some not-terrible news, too:
Even close-minded Democrats aren't willing to give up on trade. I'm no fan of Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) -- from big government puritanism to reckless calls for sanctions on China, he's a man who should not be associated with power. However, he's in Beijing meeting with Chinese hotshots on trade issues. While it would be in everyone's interest if he simply had a whirlwind romance with some 'Communist' and never came back, I have to give him props for at least visiting the land of competition.
Catholics are Democrats are rallying to protect Mexican immigration. America doesn't just need the few and the amazing -- our country has historically grown by importing the many and the poor. America is great at processing raw human capital, able to take an illiterate subminimum-wage immigrant and producing English-fluent, American citizens from his seen in two or three generations. At the end of the process, America has more fully Americanized Americans, and in the meantime we have cheap labor at home which helps us grow our own wealth.
Of course, the flip-side to this is that Republicans are trying to sabotage America's growth through immigration. The chief villain here is Senator Bill Frist (R-NY), a man who previously mis-diagnosed a Florida woman after observing her exclusively through videotape. First went on a blog castigating Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) for promising to fight a bill that would criminalize feeding illegal immigrants. The Catholic Church, known for supporting the lives of both the unborn and immigrants, is on the right side of this. So is Hillary Clinton (D-NY), who also knows a thing or two about foreign policy - unlike a Republican base which is embracing xenophobia.
Now the bad news:
This fight by the modern know-nothings in the Republican Party is exasperating. When my home state's (South Dakota's) constitution was ratified in 1889, it was published in three languages (English, German, and Norwegian) because English fluency was so low. South Dakota's now one of the most monolingual parts of the country. Imagine the reaction from the know-nothing Right if the next controversial Constitutional amendment was published throughout the country in multiple languages!
But, if the Republicans (with the heroic exceptions of George Bush and John McCain) are proving themselves to be the the Koreans of American politics (willfully self-destructive), blacks continue their role as the Arabs. According to reports, young black men are most isolated from American culture than ever before. This isn't surprising -- some of the blame comes from the great Democrat Party social experiments of the mid 20th century, which transformed blacks from having high-employment and stable families to the reverse. Other causes of the apartheid comes from the black community itself. For instance, one reason for the rise in adoption from Asia (and subsequent hyper-assimilation of many racial Asians into American culture) is apartheid measures pressed by the National Association of Black Social Welfare Workers.
Yet the problem with openness isn't confined to America. A British girl who won the right to wear religious clothing last year has had that right stripped by a British court. Similar Anti-Muslim, anti-religious codes exist in France and Turkey -- fortunately in the US, our justice department depends faith.
I think you're exactly right about all this. Anti-immigration voices are generally afraid that the immigrants' values will transform America negatively instead of the opposite that actually happens.
Posted by: Adam | Friday, March 24, 2006
Immigrants tend to be more socially conservative than native citizens, and thus their presence helps bring the American cultural ruleset closer to those states which are benefiting the most from Globalization (India, China), as well as those states still stuck in the Gap.
So I agree with you. This harmonization with the states that matter, even if it means we drift away from the ancient Europeans, is for the better.
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Friday, March 24, 2006
Nice post Dan. Informative and Readable.
Posted by: biz | Friday, March 24, 2006
Dan, You left this comment (Regarding the Jilbab wearing schoolgirl)on my blog........
"I think she's more qualified to say what her faith is than anyone else is. There's no "Official Islam(TM)(R).", "
As a matter of fact yes there is an "official islam" - it's called the Koran and Hadeeth and every single muslim must abide by every single word contained within. Perhaps you should read them.
Posted by: Ex-muslim | Saturday, March 25, 2006
Ex-muslim I believe that you are commenting on the wrong post. I support the views of tdaxp, and I believe that what he meant was that there is no Official Islam, the way that there is a specific Catholic Church with a specific hierarchy.
If there was an official islam, there would have to be a leader. Is there? Please reply in the same format as your blog. I salute your valiant promotion of diverse font sizes and hues.
Posted by: biz | Sunday, March 26, 2006
Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it. I'm replying both here and at your blog 
Written words cannot speak for themselves. So many Christian Churches believe they are reading "only the Bible" (Soal Scriptura), but come to different conclusions. There are Muslim interpreations that go this way and that. The girl has her own interpretation that calls her to dress modestly at school. It is terrible that the British government does not allow this.
Thanks for the kind words to me -- but I hope they don't mean that is typically uninformed and illegible!
I kid that Barnett must have found the post so too -- he's ripped it off thrice!   [4 -- same theme, different article]
Posted by: Dan tdaxp | Sunday, March 26, 2006
Dan, just as a heads up the layout was not directed at you, but rather ex-muslim. His blog is a cornucopia of styles.
Posted by: biz | Monday, March 27, 2006