The author of the book The Trojan Horse: A Leftist Critique of Multiculturalism in the West points out that in their eagerness to avoid accusations of racism, left-leaning liberals have abandoned traditionally progressive liberal principles. He points out that the pluralist multiculturalism that the UN has forced onto Sweden, and other European states is just as fixated on race as the racists they condemn. He also points out that multiculturalism ignores the rights of dissenting minorities within the religious and ethnic groups as they view them as one homogenous group.
Mainstream self-styled ‘progressives’ tend to think of multiculturalism and diversity as inherently good things – ideas that only the racist and bigoted would contest. Which is why Swedish sociologist Goran Adamson’s new book, The Trojan Horse: A Leftist Critique of Multiculturalism in the West, is such a welcome intervention. It provides a definitive critique of the ideology of diversity, and it does so from a progressive perspective. In particular, it shows how reason, freedom and individuality – the cornerstones of democracy and civil rights – are being undermined by the ideology of multiculturalism
…he was commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights to determine the best methods for increasing political participation among immigrant groups in Europe.
…he discovered that the separate-but-equal model of a pluralist, multicultural society was less effective at encouraging political participation among immigrant groups
…Adamson’s report, Immigrants and Political Participation, was quickly dismissed, even by those who commissioned it.
…Adamson argues that the methods and theories of multiculturalists are similar to those of right-wing extremists: both want to force reality to conform to their worldview, rather than respond to it as it really is.
There are other parallels between multiculturalism and old-fashioned racial thinking. For instance, as Adamson points out, multicultural ideology makes a fetish, like the racial theories of yore, of ethnic diversity. What matters is not, as Martin Luther King believed, the content of one’s character, but the colour of one’s skin.
…In this sense, multiculturalism is just as fixated on race as the racist thought of the past.
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