The beat goes on. Multiculturalism, an interesting amalgam of thought that could only gain purchase during an intense and final-phase era of positive mood (in my opinion), continues to come under attack as the foundation upon which it was built - the hopes, wishes and positive feelings of a Bull Market Era, erodes:Sarkozy denounces multiculturalism as 'a failure'
RUADHÁN Mac CORMAIC in Paris for the Irish Times
FRENCH PRESIDENT Nicolas Sarkozy has declared multiculturalism a failure and has taken issue with Muslims praying on the streets of French cities.
In a televised exchange with selected voters, aimed at setting out his plans for the year ahead, Mr Sarkozy echoed the recent critiques of multiculturalism by British prime minister David Cameron and German chancellor Angela Merkel.
“It’s a failure,” he said. “The truth is that in all our democracies, we’ve been too concerned about the identity of the new arrivals and not enough about the identity of the country receiving them. This raises the issue of Islam and our Muslim compatriots...
This is just the pre-season (assuming we are about to roll over into a chasm of negative mood). Things could go from rational discourse on the relationship between citizen and state to something much uglier in a hurry.
Sarkozy is attempting to harness the Us vs. Them aspect of negative mood to build some sort of common identity. Chances are that the "tribes" built up during the positive mood era are going to be much more appealing to people than the nation-state concept. We shall see...