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mental handicap, the strength of diversity is one of a whole series of monstrous absurdities on which liberalism depends. Having started with race, diversity now includes just about anything. Feminists, angry people in wheel chairs, AIDS carriers, militant homosexuals, and people who would rather speak Spanish than English have all taken much of their style and impetus from the civil rights movement. Demands for “inclusiveness” almost always include the language of grievance and compensation pioneered by blacks. Fat people fight discrimination, ugly people struggle against “lookism,” and at least one local government has required that the stage set for a strip tease show be wheel-chair accessible. Anyone who opposes the glorification of the alien, the abnormal, and the

inferior can be denounced with much fanfare and a huge sense of superiority. The metastasis of diversity is a fascinating story, but the disease began with race. Occasionally a mainstream author sniffs around the edges of the population problem. At some risk to his professional respectability, columnist Scott McConnell of the New York Post has pointed out that if it will be such a good thing for whites to become a minority, there is no reason to wait until the next century. We could throw open the borders right now and become a minority in just a few years. “Why deny ourselves and our children the great benefits of Third Worldism that we are planning for our grandchildren?” he asks. Advantages of Diversity On those rare occasions when people actually attempt to defend

diversity, the one claim they make with any semblance of conviction is that its advantages will become evident as the world becomes more “international.” It will be a great thing to have citizens from all around the world as nations have more and more contact; specifically, our “international” population will boost American exports. Of course, since this view is based on the assumption that people communicate better with people like themselves, it is an argument against national diversity. If it takes a Korean to deal with the Koreans, how are Americans supposed to get along with the Koreans who live in America? If anyone really thought a diverse population is good for trade, we would presumably be adjusting the mix of immigrants in accordance with trade potential. There

would be no point in admitting Haitians, for example, since Haiti is a pesthole and never likely to be an important trade partner. After Canada, Japan is our largest trading partner. Does this mean we need more Japanese? No one ever talks about immigration this way, because no one really believes immigration has anything to do with promoting exports. The example of Japan in fact shows just how little racial diversity has to do with international trade. Japan is one of the most racially homogeneous nations in the world. By American standards, Japanese are hopeless “racists,” “homophobes,” “sexists,” and “nativists.” They even eat whales. Here is a country that should therefore be a complete failure in the international economy–and yet it is probably the most

successful trading nation on earth. Taiwan and Korea are close behind, with China now recording huge trade surpluses with the United States. These countries are even more closed and exclusionist than Japan. If they could ever be made to understand the American notion of diversity, Asians would politely wait until we had left the room and then die laughing. Germany is likewise one of the world’s great exporting nations. Who would dream of thinking this was due to the presence of Turkish Gastarbeiter. The fact that millions of Mexicans now live in the United States does not make our products more attractive to anybody–certainly not to Mexico, which already has plenty of the things Mexicans know how to make. “Diversity” adds exactly nothing to our international

competitiveness. Racial diversity is also supposed to bring cultural enrichment, but what are its real achievements? The culture of ordinary Americans remains almost completely untouched by the millions of non-white immigrants who have arrived since 1965. Perhaps they have now heard of the Cinco de Mayo festival, but even if they live in California or Texas how many Americans know that it commemorates a Mexican military victory against the French? Immigrants do not teach us about Cervantes or Borges or Lady Murasaki and it would be silly to think they did. Chinese stowaways do not arrive with a curator’s knowledge of Ming ceramics and copies of the Tao-te Ching in their pockets. The one cultural artifact immigrants bring with them is their language–which increasingly becomes