Friday, August 15, 2008

The "Final Act" Begins....

The end of the nation-state, in my lifetime....I sincerely doubt the constitution will survive the demographic changes this country is facing, and I think that was the point of opening our borders (and opening the borders in Europe) - end the nation-state. There are a lot of articles about posted all over, I thougth the ever thoughtful 2blowhards gave an a interesting take

Demographics, Politics, Discourse, Frankness

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

The Census Bureau now predicts that whites will be in the minority in the U.S. by 2042. As a disliker of rapid population growth, I'll issue a semi-related groan over the fact that by 2042 the U.S. will likely have almost three times as many inhabitants as it had when I was born.

Some subversive thoughts on the general topic come from Elizabeth Wright:

What will be the consequence of other cultures dominating this formerly Anglo land? Will it matter ... if Asian groups, led by the Chinese and east Indians, displace the leading whites? (In the end, a century from now, regardless of the size of the Hispanic/Latino population, the Chinese and east Indians probably will have navigated their way to the national leadership positions.)

As the Anglo-Euro population diminishes, why would people from these alien cultures subscribe to the prescriptions of a Thomas Jefferson, or care about the legacy of Magna Carta? When would the squabbling between the various ethnics begin over whose law is wisest and best fit to rule in the new, predominantly colored America?

Punchline: The woman behind these words is anything but a white triumphalist, let alone a white nationalist. In fact, she's black. As I've tried to suggest in some previous postings on immigration policy, one of the things I dislike most about our current practices is that they're an insult and a disservice to the U.S.'s black population.

A fun quote comes from Salon's Glenn Greenwald:

One of the most striking aspects of our political discourse, particularly during election time, is how efficiently certain views that deviate from the elite consensus are banished from sight -- simply prohibited -- even when those views are held by the vast majority of citizens.

I'll say. Greenwald is mainly writing about attitudes towards the mideast, but much same thing might be said about attitudes towards immigration policy. In polls, the percentage of Americans who feel that our policies are too liberal, if not downright nutty, runs from 60-80%. There are few political topics that many Americans feel as strongly about. Yet how openly -- and how regularly -- is the immigration issue discussed in our mainstream media, let alone by our most important candidates?

The very smart, provocative, and rewarding Elizabeth Wright blogs here.



Have any other people in history willfully (or not so willfully) allowed themselves to be displaced without any resistance?

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