Tuesday, July 5, 2011

John Bowen on the European Turn against Multiculturalism


One of the many signs of the rightward creep of Western European politics is the recent unison of voices denouncing multiculturalism. German Chancellor Angela Merkel led off last October by claiming that multiculturalism “has failed and failed utterly.” She was echoed in February by French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron. All three were late to the game, though: for years, the Dutch far right has been bashing supposedly multicultural policies.

Cf. Mediapart's analysis ($) of Sarkozy's changed approach.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Compelling! Nothing like the guilt by association ad hominem fallacy to set the record straight!

Or maybe,, just maybe, multiculturalism is a noxious ideology rooted in far right notions of racial and ethnic difference that is currently opposed by a large swath of politicians (in the center and on the left) who stand for universalist ideals. Maybe?