Diversity – a path to ill health

IT HAS BECOME increasingly popular to speak of racial and ethnic diversity as a civic strength. From multicultural festivals to pronouncements from political leaders, the message is the same: our differences make us stronger. But a massive new study, based on detailed interviews of nearly 30,000 people across America, has concluded just the opposite. Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam -- famous for "Bowling Alone," his 2000 book on declining civic engagement -- has found that the greater the diversity in a community, the fewer people vote and the less they volunteer, the less they give to charity and work on community projects.

In the most diverse communities, neighbors trust one another about half as much as they do in the most homogenous settings. The study, the largest ever on civic engagement in America, found that virtually all measures of civic health are lower in more diverse settings. "The extent of the effect is shocking," says Scott Page, a University of Michigan political scientist. Read the whole article. Sourced with thanks via Conservative Beach Girl.

MK – As I posted at Conservative Beach Girl, only stupid leftists need these years of research and focus-groups to convince them that immigrants bringing in their failed culture from back home will result in the same bloody thing in the host country. Having said that, I still have doubts that leftists can actually learn from this and change their unhealthy ways. Incidentally, this study was conducted by a liberal academic. I know it's a few days old, so apologies if it's old news.

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