A new concept in immigration: a Successful Integration Index
The January-February 2011 issue of Quadrant is out now – here’s a sample:
ROB NUGENT: The Decline of Reading in an Age of Ignorance
History has become a battleground of late, with the debate over the ins and outs of Australian self-analysis raising a lot of ruckus. However, there’s a war on another front which has been taking place for quite a while now just over the horizon, the thunder of whose guns will dwarf those of our own small skirmish. History—in fact, the transmission of culture in general—is under siege.
… Students come in knowing next to nothing, and go out in a similar state of empty-headedness, but with a shiny new vocabulary of ideologically-correct jargon to suit all occasions.
MICHAEL GALAK: How to Choose Better Immigrants
Is it time to say goodbye to fair play in the politics of Australian population growth? Welcome to a new, hard-nosed concept in immigration – the Successful Integration Index.
… I believe the time has come to disregard the criteria imposed on our national discourse by others and unashamedly look after our own future. To do this, we have to compare the record of integration of all immigrant groups by country of origin, religion and ethnicity.
PETER RYAN: My Life as a Leper
My infection with the socially embarrassing distemper of literary leprosy arose from a long article in Quadrant of September 1993.
… That article re-examined the value of the work of historian Manning dark, who had died a few years earlier. Re-reading it the other day, some seventeen years later, I remained confident that it was written in polite terms, and that all its assertions were backed by cogent evidence. Of course I realised that my conclusions would be widely unacceptable, but I took it for granted that contrary argument would be made within the arena of reasonable evidence and civil language: I never made a bigger mistake in my life.
TOM SWITZER: The Roots of American Despair
A couple of years ago, the conventional wisdom held that Kevin Rudd and Barack Obama had transformed the political landscape in Australia and the United States.
… That was then. Rudd’s fate is well known.
… But what’s happened to Obama?
… [T]he USA is in a seriously bad way. Americans of all ideological and political persuasions are in a very foul mood.
Read more about the contents of the Jan-Feb Quadrant here.