Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Social Bondage

I’m not too sure what to make of David Brooks’s column today; he seems to be saying that if you immigrate to a country voluntarily — for example, if you’re Swedish coming to America — you do better than if you’re brought here either against your will or are driven here as a result of terrible living conditions in your home country. Culture and social bonds also have something to do with it. Or something. Therefore it’s better if we don’t try to make things better for certain groups because it doesn’t make any difference in terms of longevity or the quality of life. It is what it is.

He seems to be bordering on making the argument that there are some races, by their “ethnic, regional and social differences,” that are better than others, but he doesn’t quite come out and say that, and he’s imploring other people not to make a big deal out of it. That’s skating a little too close to Animal Farm — all are equal, but some are more equal than others — for my taste.