Op-ed “Unity through Diversity Equals Cultural Death”


By Olivia Pierson

Cultural pluralism is as old as the hills – or at least as old as the Babylonian Empire on whose riverbank shores even the captive Jews were tolerated to sit and weep. Multiculturalism, on the other hand, is a 20th Century bastardization of tolerance, which the United Nations invented to socially engineer Western democracies to cope with overwhelming immigration, mostly from Third World slave-pens. The pious and politically correct preachers of “diversity” and “equality” raised multiculturalism in the West to the status of a new religion, as if the world needed yet another one of those.

With the truth emerging after murderous events in Paris, can there still be any doubt that multiculturalism has epically failed in the West? In the last five years Angela Merkel has admitted its failure; so have Nicolas Sarkozy and David Cameron. But how has it failed so?

Multiculturalism is a modern liberal tenet which states that all cultures are equal regardless of the diverse practices of each culture.  This should not be confused with cultural pluralism which holds that all citizens, no matter what culture they hail from, are equal before the laws of the land –the one host culture.  The host culture is necessarily dominant, hence being the yearly recipient of hundreds of thousands of immigrants bidding farewell to their homelands.  

Europe threw open its gates to open immigration back in the late 1960s. By 1974 trade between East and West was an imperative- it was oil of course; rich, dark, copious oil, a feature of life-enhancing benefit to the West. The reciprocal of this bargain, aside from money, was immigration, a feature of life-enhancing benefit to the East.  Thus began the Euro-Arab dialogue adopted throughout member States of the new European Union – only multiculturalism did not require that those immigrants assimilate into European life and parallel communities with their own laws (Sharia) were allowed to rise: non-Muslim no-go zones.  The liberal policy-makers left themselves no moral room to assert the rightful dominance of the central ideas that their own civilizations were built on – namely, their emancipated women and sexual freedoms, their protection of individual rights, their freedom of speech and of the press, their commitment to scientific inquiry and their separation of religion and state.

Multiculturalism’s emphasis on diversity is itself a preoccupation with ethnic difference and therefore an insidiously accepted form of patronization along racial lines. As one commentator once put it: multiculturalism’s legacy is have-a-nice-day racism.

America, the founding democratic nation of the Free World, was always populated by immigrants – “We, the People” came from every corner of the globe, lured by the protective nature of the famous Constitution overseeing a magnificent mass of available land.  They built their own towns; they followed their own religions. From Judaism to Mormonism creed became irrelevant as trade became paramount.  By the time the 1860 administration of Abraham Lincoln was elected, America was a prosperous, culturally plural nation except for the disgraceful stain of black slavery – but even this heinous wrong was to be put right. Lincoln’s one and only stated purpose throughout the Civil War was to uphold the Union by putting down the Southern rebellion, which threatened to “diversify” America into two totally separate Federations; the result of his desire to keep national integrity was the end of the feudal South and the beginning of black autonomy. As a statesman, Lincoln’s great conviction held that the country’s immense strength lay in its unity not its diversity; after all, diversity had been a given all along.

The modern catchphrase “Unity through Diversity” is fatuous in every respect that it is used.  People from different cultures do not unite over their differences and shouldn’t be expected to – that’s called Freedom.  They unite over their commonalities such as trade, earning a living, their children’s friendships, similar recreational hobbies or a common purpose. These things bring people into contact with one another on the basis of shared values.  Immigrants in host nations also unify through adopting one national identity and being equal before the law – the law of the new country.

It is time for leaders to stop talking mindless multicultie nonsense in the face of disgraceful Muslim atrocities.  Western civilization has upheld the best ideas for human flourishing the world has ever seen, and we ought to be proud of them; they’ve been hard won by our forefathers. This means not tolerating microstates and parallel communities where wife-bashing, rape, honour killing, genital mutilation and violent jihad are practiced every day with impunity.  These are the diversities of a culture incompatible with our own, and if we can’t get our heads around that fact the ignoble legacy to be bestowed upon our children and grandchildren is cultural death.


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  • George Carter

    Very simple and well written article. I don’t suppose the solution is as simple but such a challenge should not be avoided.

    • Albert Lane

      At some stage the problem is going to rear its ugly head, and bad things are going to happen. I cannot understand why our politicians world-wide, refuse to even consider such an event. Are they just living for the day? For the next election? Because that’s how politicians think.

      • botti

        The only politicians in Europe that actually represent the majority views in relation to immigration are demonised as ‘far right’, ‘extreme’ and basically the most evil people on the planet. Of course the Dalai Lama has exactly the same views, but that’s ok because he’s not European.

  • Kevin

    Every multi-culturalist I’ve known in real life was motivated not by social justice or whatever is multi-culturalism is supposed to achieve, but by a pathological hatred of their own dominant culture.

    • Hard1

      And all this time I thought the Left just loved Kebabs…

      Good point. What is it that the Left really hate about the strong country that we live in?.

  • Eiselmann

    Well written …sadly there is a counter argument and it can kill even the most logical discussion….its a one word response beginning with R…….and it gets thrown around at the drop of a hat.

  • cows4me

    What’s done is done and can’t be undone. It’s simply going to boil down to those that wish to live in freedom and those that wish to remove freedom. Sooner or later the bombs and bullets will fly, there will be no other way. Those that think appeasement and talk will save the day are dreamers, it’s only a matter of time.

    • Just a thought …

      tick tock tick tock …………….

  • Kopua Cowboy

    I couldn’t agree more. This article even removes the ability of the apologists to speak about moderate Islam- their morals are opposed to what we would consider fair and right.

  • BloodyOrphan

    Law and Culture need to evolve with the populace, to tie yourself down to some outdated dogma, that was written by a sociopath(s) that called themselves God is downright retarded.

    Evolve or die is what life teaches us. As “life scientists’ ” the human race must pay heed to that simple observation and ensure our Laws and Government keep up with the current requirements of Life as a Human Being.

  • crosstherubicon

    It truly made me sick to see all these world leaders walking in Paris and saying all these nice things, promoting and defending free speech. They know they’ll be back to business as usual tomorrow with even more appeasement of Islamists.
    With the exception of Benjamin Netenyahu they are all cowards and sycophants to Islam. All these so called leaders shout ‘racism’ when someone makes real sense about Muslim immigration and radical Islamic terrorism and how to combat it for real.
    The truth is we can never defeat Islam and it’s perpetrators of death as long as we have gutless leaders like every single one of these, except the above mentioned leader of Israel.
    As a side that the MSM probably don’t tell Netenyahu wasn’t invited to this march via the French government. He said he will come and came anyway, and so the French insisted that if he comes then they will invite Abbas as well. How spineless to try and even stop Netenyahu coming to this march. And to invite Abbas (a man who supports Islamic terrorism) is nothing short of disgusting and cowardly.
    The western world is truly led by cowards who fall over themselves to save offending Islam and promote Muslims are the real victims of the world. The real victims of France are its Jews and the real victims of the middle east are its Christians, who are attacked and killed every day and never makes the news.
    There are no records in Europe or America of real physical attacks on Muslims, yet in Europe and Britain and especially France Muslims gangs attack Jews all the time even kill them; but it’s the Muslims who are the victims according to the MSM and these vile quisling politicians who we see marching for whatever’s in vogue.
    Islam and its soldiers of death have their collective tails up and they know the west is running round blaming everyone else, and ‘surreptitiously’ blaming our freedoms of speech for radical Islamic attacks. Our leaders, our media, our establishment, our so called intelligentsia are the world greatest appeasers and it is they who’ll tell us what to think and make decisions on our behalf; and those of us on these boards most certainly won’t agree with what they’re going to do.
    When this has all died down our leaders of all western democracies (including NZ) are going to change laws to make it illegal to criticise Islam punishable by arrest and imprisonment. This is what’s coming mark my words.
    Islam is in the driving seat and we are caving in day by day by day.

    • Albert Lane

      If you want to destroy anything, hack away at it, a bit at a time, and eventually it will come tumbling down.

  • rua kenana

    Some parts of this article are good, some are not.
    Like (to quote) “We, the People” came from every corner of the globe, lured by the protective nature of the famous Constitution overseeing a magnificent mass of available land.”
    The writer might usefully have also have pointed out that the “magnificent mass of available land” only became available by slaughtering and /or dispossessing the original owners and destroying their lifestyles.. Her writing seems approving of this. Similar happened when the Europeans got to Australia.
    Personally, I hold the view that the continuing, increasing, Islamic power in Europe and other Europeanized countries, whether insidiously through immigration or overtly through induced fear of murder and rape, should be resisted as strongly as possible.
    And, despite Merkel, Cameron, Sarkozy etc. lamenting the failure of multiculturalism, they seem to have few ideas other than continuing down the same, failed, path.


    You would think it makes common sense….when emigrating to a ‘new’ country you submit to the cultural mores and legal system/laws of that country, no ifs or buts (as my family and I did, still being grateful for the opportunity to become part of, positively contribute to and enjoy NZ)

  • Luis Cannon

    The attack on the West by Islam is a ready made topic for Winston to pursue inside and outside of parliament. It will be interesting to see whether NZ First are just show ponies or are capable of rising to the challenge and forcing the government to take positive action against muslim troublemakers.

  • Hemimck

    The incompatibility of Islam with our general understanding of human rights is becoming clearer all the time; with considerable help from WO and none from MSM.
    Can we please have a politician brave enough to look at our Human Rights Act and ask the question as to whether providing exemption from the Act for the “recognised practices” of “established religions” is appropriate.

  • Olivia Pierson

    Thanks for all your comments. One of the worst aspects for Europe today is how many Muslim men live in polygamy – and each wife gives birth to at least 5 children on average. A Moroccan man with 3 wives ends up with 15 children – and of course, they are not prosecuted, because that would be anti multiculturalism’s creed, and therefore racist. If a European man indulges in polygamy he is prosecuted without hesitation.