Environmentalist Bill McKibben published an excerpt of his book on Alternet about how Americans don’t need their neighbors any more.
In the halcyon days of the final economic booms, everyone on your cul de sac could have died overnight from some mysterious plague, and while you might have been sad, you wouldn’t have been inconvenienced. Our economy, unlike any that came before it, is designed to work without the input of your neighbors. Borne on cheap oil, our food arrives as if by magic from a great distance (typically, two thousand miles). If you have a credit card and an Internet connection, you can order most of what you need and have it left anonymously at your door. We’ve evolved a neighborless lifestyle; on average an American eats half as many meals with family and friends as she did fifty years ago. On average, we have half as many close friends.
Most of the problems we are discussing here and at other sites — race and the big “JQ” will be be brought to heel with a return of community. This is something McKibben doesn’t anticipate, of course, but it’s obvious to me.
All the supposed “great strides of multiculturalism,” came about because of the absence of organized resistance, and this absence is a result of the death of community.
When “community” is restored out of raw necessity, it will not be very multicultural. I’ve seen it on the ground — Whites and NAM’s do not work well together, and Asians simply do not want to have anything to do with us, even if they have lived here for 20 years. I was sent to recruit business owners to come to a meeting not long ago. I invited some Indian convenience store owners who spoke English. They refused because they can’t eat the dirty, non-Hindu food. I invited two separate Chinese restaurant owners, in Chinese no less. My Chinese is good enough to invite someone to a meeting and say where and when it is. They thanked me but didn’t go to the meeting. These market dominant minority Asian types want NOTHING to do with us. They’re here to make their money, and that’s it.
As for Non-Asian minorities (Blacks and Hispanics) you can already see how that will play out. Dark comedy plays will be written about attempts to organize multiracial communities, with the race realist giving the speech at the end. Idealistic SWPL liberals will attempt to hold NAM’s to the same standard as Whites (anything else would be racist) with tragic results. Race realists will keep their mouths shut, making stage whispers to the audience and to fellow realists. It’ll be very funny, when nobody is getting hurt.
In the end, community will sift out on racial lines. Multiculturalism only “worked” in the absence of organic community. It was like Roundup Ready soybeans. There’s been a lot of gov’t money lavished on professional multiculturalism. Anyone with even a slightly conservative view would want nothing to do with this (the roundup effect), and so all the fertilizer and pesticides were applied to the liberals who could stomach a lie (roundup ready liberals).