An Italian-American Reader Notes That Italy Has Done Better At Keeping Itself Italian Than America Has At Keeping Itself American
August 08, 2010, 05:00 AM
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From: Vincent Chiarello (e-mail him)

Re: Steve Sailer's Blog   "Is Italy Too Italian?"

I concur with Sailer's piece describing the networking within Italian society, and how it serves as a barrier to "multi-cultural" penetration. Such resistance has been a factor in keeping Italy the most homogenous population of the nations with major economies of the European Union. Italy's Minister of the Interior, Roberto Maroni, a representative of the political party that has sought to stop all Third World immigration into the country, has worked to keep Italy, despite EU objections ...Italian.

 During the first half of July, I was fortunate enough to be in Gardone di Riviera, a lakeside paradise along Lake Garda. One night, a choral group of about 25 men, all from the same area, living in homes that their families have used for centuries, speaking the same language, and going to the same churches, gave a performance for the tourists and townspeople. 

It struck me then as I listened that this was the truest "community" one can find—not the variegated groups that we so label in the West. That night reminded me of growing up in a different America, when "communities" of similarly minded Americans thrived, before, to paraphrase Prof. Putnam, we began to bowl alone.

Chiarello is a retired Foreign Service Officer whose tours included U.S. embassies in Latin America and Europe. His last, and most memorable, assignment was to the US Embassy to The Holy See. Currently, he is on the Board of the American National Council for Immigration Reform of northern Virginia (ANCIR). For Chiarello's VDARE.COM archive, click here.