[Marxism] Samuel Huntington's Hispanic panic
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Wed May 5 08:01:55 MDT 2004
Samuel P. Huntington and the return of the Know-Nothings.
By John Dolan
SAMUEL P. HUNTINGTON is a bigot, convinced that immigrant hordes
are poisoning our Anglo-Protestant America. This in itself is not
surprising; there have always been plenty of his kind on the American
scene. Nor is it surprising that this bigot is a professor at Harvard.
Nativism, in its 19th-century surge, was very much the darling cause of
the New England elites.
What is surprising is that now, a century and a half after the
Know-Nothings vanished in disgrace, Huntington feels free to promote his
nativist hatred in print, and can be celebrated for doing so. Post-9/11
America, as John le Carre has said, has lost its mind. Huntington's
screeching is a worthy contribution to the bedlam.
Huntington disguises a disingenuous question as a scholarly inquiry in
his sleazy new book, Who Are We? The Challenge to America's National
Identity (Simon & Schuster, $27). The question is disingenuous because
Huntington already has an answer, the same one that has been peddled by
American bigots for hundreds of years: America is and must remain an
Huntington's plan for America's salvation requires "a recommitment to
America as a deeply religious and primarily Christian country…adhering
to Anglo-Protestant values, speaking English, maintaining its European
cultural heritage, and committed to the principles of the [American]
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