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also immediately shows why the debate around problems with the multi-cultural society has become hard: it has been hijacked by the xenophobic hard-right. People who genuinely pose questions about flaws in the modern, mixed society can now be tagged racist and happily ignored...
by Nomad on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 04:47:22 AM EST
That is a really good point and a worrying one because the BNP then become the only party that will discuss the 'concerns' that people genuinely have but can't find any voice for elsewhere.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 05:04:27 AM EST
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Another aspect is that by systematically de-legitimising ideologies that promote social change ("liberation" ideologies, if that terminology is your cup of tea), you drive people who face real discrimination, real economic deprivation and, in some cases, real oppression towards identifying with their skin colour/religion/country.

That kills three birds with one stone: It deprives the disadvantaged of the ideological constructs that could help them form a common front. It drives people who, by an analysis of their material situation, should be progressives into the arms of reactionary lunatics. And it shifts focus from economic policy to phony "culture wars" and "[insert in-group] values."

The way the Americans and their friends in the Middle East created Hamas, destroyed Mossadeq and nurtured the Muslim Brotherhood providing an interesting case in point...

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 05:57:11 AM EST
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it has been hijacked by the xenophobic hard-right.

I'd rather say the left is to blame. If you tag all criticism against multiculturalism as racism you will inevitably push larger and larger crowds into the arms of the racists.

It's not like there was some immense society spanning debate on if we should transform our countries through multiculturalism before the policy was implemented. It was just implemented, and anyone who had any worries was by definition an unreformed nazi...

Peak oil is not an energy crisis. It is a liquid fuel crisis.

by Starvid on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 04:52:51 PM EST
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Then again, unreformed Nazis, Little Englanders and other assorted blood puricists were pushing a victimology along these lines.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 04:07:43 AM EST
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Conversely, the majority-appeal nature of nationalist talk acts as a bind for most centrists to actually confront the BNP's xenophobia head-on. Especially as in many countries, centrists have long since jumped on the anti-immigration bandwagon with various showcase tough-guy measures and rhetoric.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu May 21st, 2009 at 04:04:36 AM EST
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