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Immigrants, Diversity, Socialism

To the extent that increased “diversity” makes socialism impossible, as you have argued, Jonah, isn’t it by reducing the solidarity and fellow-feeling of a society? That doesn’t strike me as an unambiguously good thing, or even as a good thing at all, even if it has a good side-effect. There is also the danger that many people in such a society, and even more members of its political class, will come to feel that the government and the political class are what holds the society together and manages intergroup conflict. In such a circumstance the public and, especially, the political class will grow powerfully attracted to the idea that the nation is reducible to a rationalist “idea” that political action will constantly seek to vindicate here and abroad (often by promoting democracy overseas and limiting it here).

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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