Pat Buchanan Bemoans The Long Tail of Culture

I was reading Time magazine on the train (I accidentally subscribed) and I came across this gem in an interview with Pat Buchanan

You liken the immigrant wave to the Visigoths who sacked Rome. Is that fair?

I’m predicting that America will no longer be one nation but more like the Roman Empire–a conglomerate of races and cultures held together by a regime. The country I grew up in was culturally united, even if it was racially divided. We spoke the same language, had the same faith, laughed at the same comedians. We were one nationality. We’re ceasing to be that when you have hundreds of thousands of people who want to retain their own culture, their own language, their own loyalty. What do we have in common that makes us fellow Americans? Is it simply citizenship? Or is it blood, soil, history and heroes?

Whatever else we may think of his xenophobic politics, he’s very clearly proclaiming the traditionalists’ slander of the long tail. Perhaps this is a bit overly dramatic, but I feel some Dylan is in order here:

Don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside and it’s ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

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