Friday, September 28, 2007
“Variety is the spice of life.” So goes the expression, and perhaps the inspiration behind all this "diversity" talk. Philippe Legrain is an author and economist from the UK. Recently he wrote a book entitled Immigrants: Your Country needs Them, where he makes the case for carte-blanche immigration. But there's a down side. Robert Putnam is the author of Bowling Alone. According to a report on his findings in TCS Daily, "...a variety of research from the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe shows that ethnic diversity is associated with lower social trust, lower 'investment in public goods,' less reciprocity, and less willingness to contribute to the community. In workplace situations diversity is associated with 'lower group cohesion, lower satisfaction and higher turnover.'"
On that cheery note, this week's Friday Afternoon Moment of Whimsy portrays a worst-case scenario, in a clip entitled "One Semester of Spanish."
Not a pretty sight, is it?