The Perils of Diversity: Immigration and Human Nature

The Perils of Diversity: Immigration and Human Nature The book goes from one topic to the next without really drawing strong connections between what is being discussed and the subject of immigration It suffers from a lack of focus and needs to be tied together better I found the writing style to be on the dry side.I wouldn t recommend this to those who only have a casual interest in the subject, but to political genetic junkies there might be something of interest. Byron M Roth argues that the current debate over immigration policy is unlikely to produce a satisfying outcome since it takes place uninformed by the science of human nature Any policy of mass immigration will be profoundly constrained by fundamental features of human psychology, prominent among them is a natural bias toward one s own kind and a wariness and suspicion of if not hostility towards others The prospect for social harmony in multi ethnic societies is thus problematic at best, and difficulties are compounded when groups differ in ability and temperament in non trivial waysRoth explores the history of immigration to the United States, revealing that the earlier, pre war immigration experience was so different from current patterns that it cannot provide a useful template for understanding and assessing them In addition, Roth addresses the disturbingly undemocratic nature of the regime of mass immigration imposed by authorities on the citizens of all Western nations in defiance of their clearly expressed wishes He shows that the chasm between elite views and public opinion is so deep that current policies can only be maintained by an increasingly totalitarian suppression of dissent that undermines the very foundations of Western society

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