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The US is unique because it has an explicit narrative of assimilation. In Europe we're more wary of the idea that immigration is good, and not quite sure how to go about making assimilation happen.

The US believes explicitly - or likes to pretend it does - that immigration is good, probably for the obvious reasons that it's a good source of cheap labour. Even though in practice communities seem to stick together even more than they do in Europe.

This proves how useful it is to have narratives. Even if they're nonsense, they make people behave in reliable and useful ways.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Jul 17th, 2007 at 02:35:07 PM EST
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