On xenophobia and other links
Is this xenophobia?
- Video – Jan Brewer: Most illegal immigrants are ‘drug mules’ – CNN.com
- Bias and Bigotry in Academia « Patrick J. Buchanan
- Losing White America « Patrick J. Buchanan
- Bob Herbert – Long-Term Economic Pain for American Families – NYTimes.com
Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity.
I would argue that latent xenophobia always comes to the surface during periods of economic insecurity. This is natural. So I certainly see the links below as manifestations of xenophobia. The question is whether the policy remedies used to allay the economic insecurities are appropriate. For example, Pat Buchanan makes a number of valid arguments in the article on academia. What should be done, then?
My take: there is always going to be some measure of ‘xenophobia overreach’ in tough times. How much is the question. Discussing these divisive issues without a reptilian response is difficult but necessary to avoid particularly nasty cases of xenophobia overreach. I disagree with the ethos underlying Buchanan’s take on losing white America. But perception is reality and he does seem to be expressing views many voters have. What about addressing these concerns constructively instead of dismissing them out of hand?
The Usual Fare
- Analysis of the Love Parade Tragedy: The Facts Behind the Duisburg Disaster – SPIEGEL ONLINE
- Subbarao’s Accelerated Rate Increases Leave India Inflation Eroding Income – Bloomberg
- Baseler Ausschuss: Deutschland stimmt neuer Bankenregulierung nicht zu – FAZ.NET
- Researchers link undersea oil plumes to BP spill – latimes.com
- FT.com – Watchdog questions Belgium’s finances
- Is Google Watching You? New Plugin Will Let You Know – Mashable
- Anchoring Effect « You Are Not So Smart
- The Real Sin of Michael Steele « Patrick J. Buchanan
- Richard (RJ) Eskow: Elizabeth Warren and Her Discontents – Huffington Post
- "Government as Deux Ex Machina"? – Economist’s View
- How Preschool Changes the Brain | Wired Science | Wired.com
- Guest Blog: Of two minds: Listener brain patterns mirror those of the speaker
- Argentiniens Nationalelf: Daumen runter für Maradona | FTD.de
- Chinese Banks At Risk, Part 1 « Patrick Chovanec
- FT Alphaville » For Edwards, the Japanese lesson still holds…
- Bell council cuts salaries 90%; some will forgo pay – latimes.com
- Matthew Yglesias » Niall Ferguson Debates Himself
- Fiscal policy: When does fiscal stimulus work? | The Economist
- Too Cash-Strapped for a Boom: How Italy’s Permanent Crisis Saved It From the Downturn – SPIEGEL ONLINE
- Thoughts on Academic Tenure, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty