Time magazine makes an attempt to convince us ‘how immigrants and diversity make us smarter’

Eight years ago, Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam released a now famous study concluding that diversity lowers social trust.

Those of us living in ethnically diverse settings, the study found, “tend to withdraw from collective life, to distrust their neighbors, regardless of the color of their skin, to withdraw even from close friends, to expect the worst from their community and its leaders, to volunteer less, give less to charity” and to spend more time sitting in front of the television.

But Putnam didn’t explore the other side of that coin: how millions of us manage to overcome the social distrust that diversity can foster…

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Whistling past the graveyard.

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