I had Thomas Sowell for a labor economics class at UCLA. He was one of the three best professors I had as an undergraduate or in grad school. He’s a very smart man, well worth listening to or reading. From Walter E. Williams at lewrockwell.com:
My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell has just published a revised and enlarged edition of “Discrimination and Disparities.” It lays waste to myth after myth about the causes of human differences not only in the United States but around the globe. Throughout the book, Sowell shows that socioeconomic outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups and nations in ways that cannot be easily explained by any one factor, whether it’s genetics, sex or race discrimination or a history of gross mistreatment that includes expulsion and genocide.
In his book “The Philadelphia Negro” (1899), W.E.B. Du Bois posed the question as to what would happen if white people lost their prejudices overnight. He said that it would make little difference to most blacks. He said: “Some few would be promoted, some few would get new places — the mass would remain as they are” until the younger generation began to “try harder” and the race “lost the omnipresent excuse for failure: prejudice.”
Sowell points out that if historical injustices and persecution were useful explanations of group disadvantage, Jews would be some of the poorest and least-educated people in the world today. Few groups have been victimized down through history as have the Jews. Despite being historical targets of hostility and lethal violence, no one can argue that as a result Jews are the most disadvantaged people.
The host can integrate the invader, or the invader can integrate the host. Currently, the latter is happening in Europe. From Porter at kakistocracy.com:
Integration. That’s become one of the most common euphemisms of the contemporary vernacular. Nearly all print appearances of this term are identical in narrative, varying only by venue. Each somber iteration of the same story exists to describe the arduous, but utterly necessary, task of Western nations to absorb a ceaseless tide of itinerant aliens. Given the assignment’s admitted difficulty, and no version goes to print without this concession, one would imagine we’d at least be advised of the source of this mandate. We must integrate hostile foreigners into our society why?
Though whatever the genesis of our mystical obligation, practically every article simply commences with endless integration as an indisputable requirement. Thus the faculties and free will of men are left only to consider how. And that’s a thorny question, as men have come to painfully conclude through many ages before ours. I suppose we could ask Cherokees for tips on how they integrated the white man. Or, conversely, how white French Haitians integrated their African population. I’m sure the Ainu would be happy to describe their successful methodology for integrating Japanese into their society. As happy, I imagine, as pygmies would be to explain how they have integrated the Bantus. It seems some people become focused so intently on integrating that they hardly even notice what nice things are being written about them in history books.
There’s probably no people on Earth more desperate for a flattering eulogy than the Swedes. And that desperation leads to some impressively ambitious integration efforts. A country of seven million attempting to conceptually integrate over a billion being an example. Skeptics might counsel against this endeavor on a logistical basis alone, though that’s the sort of attitude that killed Emmet Till. So integration proceeds apace, with the only question being just who is integrating whom. And that’s not much of a question either, to be honest.
With Mosques proliferating in the weeds of Christendom, it’s easy to acknowledge European integration; but a bit more awkward to state its obvious direction. No one ever explicitly agreed to be integrated in their own ancestral homelands, after all. Though once a society ratifies integration as a central responsibility, who occupies the receiving end of it is a mere fringe matter.
To continue reading: Integration’s Who and Whom