Trust and di­ver­sity

The Washington Times Weekly - - Culture, Etc. -

“While in Swe­den to re­ceive a $50,000 aca­demic prize as po­lit­i­cal science pro­fes­sor of the year, Har­vard’s Robert D. Put­nam, a for­mer Carter ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cial who made his rep­u­ta­tion writ­ing about the de­cline of so­cial trust in Amer­ica in his best­seller ‘Bowl­ing Alone,’ con­fessed to Fi­nan­cial Times colum­nist John Lloyd that his latest re­searchdis­cov­ery—thateth­nic­di­ver­sity de­creases trust and co­op­er­a­tion in com­mu­ni­ties — was so ex­plo­sive that for the last half decade he hadn’t dared an­nounce it. [. . .]

“Lloyd noted, ‘Pro­fes­sor Put­nam found trust was low­est in Los An­ge­les, “the most di­verse hu­man habi­ta­tion in hu­man his­tory.’ ” [. . .]

“[W]hat pri­mar­ily drove down L.A.’s rat­ing in Put­nam’s 130-ques­tion sur­vey were the high lev­els of dis­trust dis­played by His­pan­ics. While no more than 12 per­cent of L.A.’s whites said they trusted other races ‘only a lit­tle or not at all,’ 37 per­cent of L.A.’s Lati­nos dis­trusted whites. And whites were the most re­li­able in His­panic eyes. Forty per­cent of Lati­nos doubted Asians, 43 per­cent dis­trusted other His­pan­ics and 54 per­cent were anx­ious about blacks. [. . .]

“Be­cause pol­icy-mak­ers al­most cer­tainly won’t do what it would take to al­le­vi­ate the harms caused by di­ver­sity — in­deed, they won’t eventalkhon­estlyaboutwhat­would have to be done — it’s crazy to ex­ac­er­bateth­ep­rob­lemthrough­more mass im­mi­gra­tion.”

Steve Sailer, writ­ing on “Frag­mented Fu­ture,” in the Jan. 15 is­sue of the Amer­i­can Con­ser­va­tive

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