I’ve said that multicultural is really a-cultural, since culture that cannot be public and authoritative is not culture but private habit and taste. Naturally, that description simplifies things a bit. No human group can function without common habits and understandings that its members are entitled to rely on. Multicultural society therefore has its own culture, one that trumps and suppresses the particular inherited cultures it claims to respect.
That culture is based on the needs of the bureaucratic and market institutions that dominate the society of which it is part. It thus incorporates scientism as a theory of publicly-valid knowledge and technocratic hedonism as a theory of value. Everything else is personal taste. Since it is based on such thin principles and such a narrow range of institutions it is inadequate to the needs of life as a whole. It seems satisfactory mostly to those who have experienced very little and faced few reverses, and whose main connections relate in some way to their careers. Such people have little inclination or even choice but to accept what they are told. Multicultural culture is therefore preferentially a youth culture. Since it makes personal identity a matter of career and consumption it is most satisfactory to yuppies—to those who hope to have impressive careers and think their tastes and knowledge give them an advantage in the game of competitive consumption. Perhaps for that reason radical class differences have recently become apparent in such indicia of social well-being as marital stability.
Still, life does eventually bring slights, conflicts and defeats, and the “me” generation has been given no way to deal with them. For an indication of how that works out among intelligent, well-educated and generally successful yuppies, and for a visit to a world that recognizes nothing higher than lust, greed, envy, ambition, resentment and hatred, take a look at websites like Gawker and Wonkette. It’s quite depressing. Such sites obviously don’t capture everything about their target audience, but they evidently capture something. There has to be a better way.