SQUARING THE CIRCLE: MULTICULTURALISM VERSUS CHILDREN’S RIGHTS. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children is launching a helpline for girls in the UK who are threatened with genital mutilation. This of course, goes against the customs of some cultures – mostly in Africa – which consider women who don’t undergo the cutting to be “impure”.
Either the NSPCC is “racist”, for imposing on the world its white middle-class bien-pensant values, or female genital mutilation is “barbaric,” which is impossible if all cultures are equally valid. Watch out for the deafening silence from multiculturalists.
The problem with multiculturalism is that it takes a good idea – the peaceful coexistence of different cultures, ethnic groups, faiths and societal norms – and combines it with both a profound ignorance of history, religion, human nature, as well as an assumption that anything American or Israeli is evil and anything opposite to American or Israeli is good.
The obvious mechanism for achieving a multicultural society is individual voluntary exchange combined with the non-aggression principle. Which would be fine if these two ideas were universal. They’re not.