The wave of uncontrolled immigration that flooded Europe last year started to bring to fruition all the predicted omens. Almost everyday is an attack, some of the perpetrated by migrants, infiltrated through Merkel’s “children” or regular guys radicalized by lack of conditions. I lived in Germany 30 years ago and I was shocked at the time by the lack of available housing. I know lots of people there, some Germans for generations and some with German ancestry immigrated from the Romania and they all told me the same thing: it’s no housing capacity in Germany for so many refugees. The refugees are living in containers heated in the winter or in gyms taken from schools or sport halls. moved from one city to another. And nobody can seem to know how this problem would ever be solved. The Merkel’s approach at the time, mistaken as it was, created a wave of right wing sentiments in Germany that fruited in the advancement of the AfD and other nationalist movements. Since Nice’s attack the post that I published in November after the attack in Paris was read more than any other of my posts with beautiful pictures and interesting stories.
Jonathan Haidt is a well known American social psychologist and professor of ethical leadership at Stern School of Business of the New York University. His TED talks trying to explain the reason American society is so divided nowadays was impressive and made me follow his articles.
In his new article published in American Interest “When and why nationalism beats globalism” he presents an in-depth view of how societies react to change of their social texture and how immigration shape their reaction.
Jonathan Haidt: “…it leads to a clear set of policy prescriptions for globalists. First and foremost: Think carefully about the way your country handles immigration and try to manage it in a way that is less likely to provoke an authoritarian reaction. Pay attention to three key variables: the percentage of foreign-born residents at any given time, the degree of moral difference of each incoming group, and the degree of assimilation being achieved by each group’s children. ”