Comment: Against the "propositional nation"

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Against the "propositional nation"

America is an idea nothing more.

First of all, diversity and multiculturalism are two different things. Americans have always been a diverse, even before Theodore Roosevelt: there were the First Families of Virginia, American gentry descended in large measure from the younger sons of gentlemen from the South of England; there were the New York Dutch; there were Quakers in the Mid-Atlantic region descended from middle class tradesmen in the North Midlands of England; there were Puritans mostly from East Anglia in New England; there were Scots-Irish pioneers in the Backcountry. In addition to this, smaller groups entered the mix and contributed in their own way: Germans in Pennsylvania, including many Anabaptists, French Huguenots, etc.

Multiculturalism is not diversity in itself, which is a natural part of the world and of human experience. It is a political ideology formulated by the cultural Marxists of the Frankfurt School. Multiculturalism posits the equality of all cultures, and the necessity of western cultures to abandon the idea of a unifying, common culture underpinning civilization in order to embrace a "patchwork" or "quilt" model. Where preexisting diversity does not exist, multiculturalism teaches that it must be created through a liberal immigration policy.

A nation cannot be reduced to an idea. America is a people, not a set of documents, or principles, or abstractions. It is not a proposal, to which one may either assent or dissent. Thomas Fleming, a notable paleoconservative writer, put it this way in his essay for the book Immigration and the American Future:

This abstract approach to assimilation derives, ultimately, from the conviction - as naive as it is chauvinistic - that America is an exceptional country, one not rooted in blood, soil, and kinship, but a nation “dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Proponents of this are quick to label the more old-fashioned view, that the nation is a metaphorical extended family, as bigotry, but no amount of repetition or rhetorical extravagance can disguise the dangerous logic that is at work. If I love my country because it is mine, I must be loyal to it, even when I disagree with its policies, but I do not necessarily regard it as superior to everyone else’s country, and I may have no inclination to say that all other countries, to the extent that they are legitimate and worthy of respect, must approximate my own.