The ‘Hybrid Vigour’ of True Diversity

The endless debate about diversity misses the point, leaving its champions barking quite deliberately up the wrong tree. Diversity is indeed worth fighting for. Indeed, it is the source of much of the innovation needed for thriving economies and communities. What a shame that the diversity mongers do not understand their own cause.

What they have delivered is not diversity but enclaves, ghettoes, no-go areas, silos, inward looking ethnicities that ignore “the other”, that is the host communities, and ultimately bitterness, sullen resentment and a multi-faceted cultural barrenness. Basically, the quest for diversity is in the hands of the wrong people. These are “the identarians”, to use Giles Auty’s very useful phrase. The most common face of diversity — multiculturalism — has delivered everything except diversity, ironically.