Multiculturalism: A Failed Concept

German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” adding that it was an illusion to think Germans and foreign workers could “live happily side by side.” The failure of multiculturalism is also seen in Denmark, Sweden, the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and other European countries. Immigrants coming from Africa and the Middle East refuse to assimilate and instead seek to import the failed cultures they fled.

Leftist diversity advocates and multiculturalists are right to argue that people of all races, religions and cultures should be equal in the eyes of the law. But their argument borders on idiocy when they argue that one set of cultural values cannot be judged superior to another and that to do so is Eurocentrism.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    What’s the German workers’ attitude have to do with the iSlamic stink?

  • V10_Rob

    Perhaps it’s more accurate to say that what has failed is omniculturalism, that all (not many, not most, every last one, ALL) cultures are perfectly equal and interchangeable.

    There are plenty of distinct cultures that live among each other just fine. Or at worst, they live next to one another with a sturdy fence and a mutual agreement to ignore each others’ existence. And then there are those that just cannot play nice with others, but the omniculturalists insist we have to invite them to our birthday party.

    Original multiculturalism worked reasonably well up until recent decades because each new addition had enough admirable qualities and common values that it created a tolerable overlap in the Venn Diagram. And perhaps more importantly, there was an overarching national culture at the center holding it all together.

    Culture A and Culture B may detest each other, but those animosities take a firm backseat because they’re both now primarily members of Culture C. Canada, America, and much of the West managed to pull it off reasonably well, being that somewhat amorphous central Culture C around which and through which all the distinct subcultures interacted.

    Then we got the rise of victimology and neo-ethnocentrism, coupled with the tearing down of Culture C as being racist, imperialist, Eurocentrist, etc. The hub the held all the diverse spokes together is worn away, and each of them are looking at their neighbor and seeing not a fellow member of Culture C with an odd tan and weird food, but a member of an alien culture with possibly a hostile agenda.