Recent I was in a debate arguing in favor of Multi-Culturalism. I usually frame my fondness of cultural pluralism in a positive framework of the wonderful things that come out of the free Exchange of ideas usually citing Korean Tacos to make my case.
Although, diversity isn’t good just cause of what comes out of working together but also cause the bad things that are prevented because we become skeptical of each other and even work against each other. Below is what I said in this discussion which I figured many would find interesting.
I don’t disagree, pluralism may lead to less trust but I think that’s a feature. A society with more skepticism will be skeptical of the use of the state to benefit other groups vs a more more homogenous group that will be less sensitive to growth of the state due to the beneficiaries being people they trust or feel they trust.
This is why I feel a lot of European nations have more robust welfare states because they are less bothered by it due to cultural homogeneity and to me that powerful a state is not a good thing.
I agree pluralism leads to conflict but that leads to decentralization like conflict and competition between enterprises leads to decentralized provision of goods, innovation, and other benefits.
I’m not a multiculturalist cause I expect everyone to get along but because I don’t think they will.
But like markets there are enterprises that find synergies and work together and it’s the same with different cultures. It’s a market.