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Deal with root causes!

The Senate immigration bill has been fended off and seems likely to die. It remains the case, however, that very few people in positions of public influence or responsibility want to enforce restraints on immigration, and in a country as large and complex as the United States it’s hard to force something to happen if those responsible don’t want it to happen.

It follows, unless something basic changes, that nothing effective will be done to reduce current levels of legal and illegal immigration, which will therefore continue or expand. Eventually something will have to be done to regularize the position of an ever larger and well-established resident population of formally illegal aliens. The same sort of legislation or something worse will therefore keep coming back, often with better timing and packaging and backed by ever more vigorous propaganda and moral bullying, until something similar passes.

So what needs to be done? A great many things, but one obvious point is that the ideal of “inclusiveness” needs to be done away with. The reasons for doing so include but go far beyond its effect on discussions of immigration policy. At bottom, the problem with inclusiveness is that it makes it impossible for informal small-scale social arrangements to function and achieve stability. Such arrangements depend on common cultural standards and understandings. Inclusiveness programmatically disrupts and destroys such things, and therefore deprives the people of the ability to run their own lives effectively. It puts all social governance in the hands of experts, bureaucrats, and moneyed interests. That’s not a good thing. Man is a cultural being, and the inclusivist demand for abolition of all stable substantive cultural connections makes “inclusiveness” the quintessence of modernist inhumanity, however warm and fuzzy its packaging.

The destruction of inclusiveness as a ideal is, of course, easier said than done. It is now presented, along with related concepts such as “tolerance,” as the supreme principle of social and personal morality and even mental health. All recognized social authorities support it vigorously and unequivocally, in part because equal opportunity laws in effect require them to do so and in part because inclusiveness requires unlimited rule by large formal institutions and so is a good thing from the standpoint of the powerful. Nobody knows how to oppose it except by private jokes and mutterings. Serious public opposition would discredit an opponent as ignorant, evil, lower-class, provincial and psychologically disturbed.

So what needs most to be done is the conceptual work that makes reasoned and public-spirited opposition possible. In a sense that work isn’t so difficult, since (as mentioned) man is a cultural animal, and inclusiveness abolishes culture and is therefore at odds with the nature of man. An inclusivist environment therefore provides its critics with a target-rich environment. Still, it takes a certain amount of effort even to note that an emperor has no clothes, so with that in mind here are some anti-inclusivist discussions and resources I’ve put together from time to time:

  • “Freedom, Discrimination and Culture”. So what’s wrong with Civil Rights? Answer — by destroying legitimate particularity they destroy culture and therefore the possibility of a tolerable way of life.
  • Anti-Inclusiveness FAQ. More on why Civil Rights is a bad idea. Includes lots of links to further resources.
  • “Anti-racism”. An analysis of antiracism, its nature and social, cultural and philosophical origins. A similar analysis can be applied to inclusivist ideas generally.
  • “Vindicating Stereotypes and Discrimination”. An essay on the function of stereotyping that concludes that it is always and necessarily with us, that the current campaign opposes only certain forms of stereotyping, basically those that relate to institutions other than market and bureaucracy, and that we’d be better off dealing with the issues more rationally in the light of what sort of social relations best suit human life.
  • Antifeminist Page. Short essay and links.
  • My weblog has lots of entries on the topic as well.