Prague Spring, NYC Chapter Message Board › New Meetup: Immigration in Europe
New York, NY
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When: November 4, 2009 7:30 PM
Wall Street Atrium
60 Wall St
New York, NY 10005
Reflection on the Revolution in Europe
(Immigration, Islam and the West)
Immigration will be the focus of one of the major bills in 2010. We open this fall season's book club with a look at immigration in Europe. Caldwell's book comes highly recommended by The Economist. Another reason for choosing this book is its center right perspective which many in our group may not share. Hence, this will provide an opportunity for spirited debate rather than harmonious agreement. As the national debate progresses we will most certainly revisit this topic (probably focused more on U.S. specific issues).
From the LA Times: "Those familiar with Western Europe's current social tensions won't find much new information here, but the author's synthesis and analysis are hard-eyed and bracing. A relatively weak, self-doubting Europe, he argues, has allowed mass immigration from a fundamentally alien, basically antagonistic culture on such a scale that the continent's future is no longer its to decide."
From The Economist: "Mr Caldwell’s unremitting pessimism about Europe raises all sorts of questions, both large and small. Are Europeans really as feeble as he asserts? They have discovered that some principles are non-negotiable in their relations with Islam, particularly women’s rights. And is Islam really as self-confident? The willingness of so many Muslims to take offence at any slight—a cartoon here, a novel there—could be a sign of profound cultural anxiety.
Mr Caldwell is also worryingly selective in his use of evidence. He all but ignores the multiple examples of upward mobility and successful integration. He dwells on the fact that many Muslim men feel emasculated by the success of their women without bothering to wonder why so many of the women are successful."
Let me leave you with the following comment from the book which caught my attention:
"Immigration enhances strong countries and cultures, but it can overwhelm weak one."