European Muslims are not embracing Western culture, and Italy’s plan to give all 18-year-olds $500 to spend at museums and concerts is not going to help. Cutting welfare might.
Italy has a new plan to push back against Islamic radicalization of European youth. It wants to give them European culture. This month, Italy will begin offering all 18-year-olds a voucher worth approximately $500 to use on concerts, movies, and museum visits. The premise is that cultural exposure can counter Islamic terrorism. Although this is perhaps a well-intentioned effort to wage an ideological war against Islamism, Italy’s program is unlikely to work.