9.6.04

ON BECOMING AMERICAN. Francis Fukuyama:
The real Protestants are those Korean grocery-store owners, or Indian entrepreneurs, or Taiwanese engineers, or Russian cab drivers working two or three jobs in America's free and relatively unregulated labor market. I lived in Los Angeles for nearly a decade, and remember passing groups of Chicanos gathered at certain intersections at 7 a.m. waiting for work as day laborers. No lack of a work ethic here: That's why Hispanics have pushed native-born African-Americans out of low-skill jobs in virtually every city where they compete head-to-head.

The actual Anglo-Protestants, on the other hand, are a complex group. The old mainline Protestant denominations—Congregationalist, Anglican, and Presbyterian—were at the forefront of all of the liberal causes like multiculturalism and affirmative action that Huntington dislikes.
The "Huntington" Mr Fukuyama has referred to is Harvard's Samuel Huntington, who recently finished Who Are We: The Challenges to America's National Identity (details or compare prices,) one of the recent arrivals in the Cold Spring Shops reading room.

Priorities and Frivolities, who links to the review, has comments from the perspective of a recent arrival in the States. Give him a look.

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