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January 22, 2004

Dutch are polarized?

Apparently there is a new report out that suggests the Dutch are polarized. The fact that they've allowed immigrant children to be taught in their "native" languages in primary school hasn't helped.

But here's a question: the Dutch have a long history of pluralistic toleration. We know about the Jews, but there were also Huguenots, Puritans and a large native Roman Catholic minority. Something has changed. Is it the type of migrant, or is it the attitude of Dutch society? I think it is a little of both.

Here is an old report from The American Prospect-do you see any solution being offered here aside from broadsides against "hate" and platitudes? I complained to then web editor Chris Mooney about this report, and he forwarded my bitchy email to the writers, but I never heard anything back.

Posted by razib at 04:54 PM