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November 23, 2007


Jon Husband

On the surface it seems that the issue you present here would be quite related to the recent study published by Robert Putnam (of Bowling Alone fame) that paints "a bleak picture of the corrosive effects of ethnic diversity, revealed in research, which shows that the more diverse a community is, the less likely its inhabitants are to trust anyone - from their next-door neighbour to the mayor."


Earl Mardle

Yeah, I read that when it came out Jon. I'm glad to see he takes multiculturalism as a given for the future, we can't unwind that now.

It also goes to the discussions about the UK Fortress mentality. I would lay good odds that it is not possible, even in theory, to have trust in the community when one group is structurally uniquely privileged above all others.

People who feel excluded or powerless cannot safely engage in the negotiations if they have always been stiffed in the past.

Its part of what Johnnie does with facilitation, low status people do not get heard, even when their ideas are demonstrably right.

The converse of that is that when the status is disrupted, those who had the high status before get no mercy from the new bosses.

Our long-term survival depends on other people, regardless of their background, having a vested interest in our welfare, and it needs to start now with the privileged ones among us. ie, you and me.

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