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British PM says state multiculturalism has failed

The British PM, Mr David Cameron, says that state multiculturalism has failed. Is he right? Mr Cameron argues that the UK needs a stronger national identity to prevent people turning to radicalism. He also promised a stronger stance on groups promoting hatred and extremism. The PM added that the UK needs “a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and much more active, muscular liberalism.” This statement could probably be applied to most if not all western countries.

At the start of the 21st century we saw passive tolerence in general across much of western society. Post-modern tolerance and political correctness meant that societies had to stomach and accept extremist behaviours, rather than speak out against them. Now, several leading political figures have spoken out against the previous stance, whereas others have taken more direct action.

If we are visitors in another country, then it us who should adapt, learn, and respect. And so it should be in all countries. If the custom of a country is to cover up and not drink alcohol, then we have a choice: visit there and respect the rules and norms, or don’t go there. If the culture believes in equality and not covering up every part of the body, then the same choices applies.

Perhaps we should let history be our teacher. Political leaders in the 1930s chose appeasement over action, and millions lost their lives in World War II. As we move further into the second decade of the 21st century, as post-modernist society developes, I am hoping that we will learn from the mistakes of the past, and respect the cultures, norms, and rules of those countries that we visit.

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February 5, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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