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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Civitas:Institute for the Study of Civil Society; 1 edition (25 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903386462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903386460
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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180 of 195 people found the following review helpful By Capt I. McRae on 4 Mar. 2006
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It is a long time since I have seen so much plain common sense in cold hard print, and Civitas, the Institute For The Study of Civil Society (see [...] ), is to be congratulated on publishing this book.
It is increasingly plain to the majority of the people of Britain, of all colours and religions (who are more intelligent than the politicians think !), that multiculturalism is a failed experiment which is lying, like a harpooned whale, dead in the water. Political correctness and “positive discrimination”(which, call it what you will …. Is still discrimination !) have not brought us the tolerant Utopia the proponents of multiculturalism promised. Indeed, as is plain to all save those who will not see, multiculturalism has had an effect quite the reverse of what was hoped for. Inter-racial strife, not only between indigenous British people and those of other ethnic groups, but also between ethnic communities themselves, is dividing the nation, and religious intolerance is sowing the seeds of horrors to come. How have we come to this after such bright hopes ? An answer to this question is what Patrick West has sought to find with this book, and he has done so in masterly fashion. Brick by brick, he has built a tower of evidence which points the finger, fairly and squarely, at those who have brought us to our current predicament. The culprits are the ideologues of multiculturalism and the politically correct modern day “witch finders” who support them. West proves that, far from promoting integration and inclusion, multiculturalism as it is practiced in the United Kingdom (What West calls “hard multiculturalism), has done nothing except encourage separation and strife.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. B. G. Harries on 26 Sept. 2008
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A short book that gets straight to the point that our society cannot coexist with segregation, different law systems and different fundamental moral codes. Multiculturalism is counter-enlightenmnet, illiberal and can be racist, this book exposes one of the most widely misunderstood terms around today, as for when i say im against multiculturalism i get called racist due to people not understanding what actually is being said. Multiculturalism as a lived experience is, I think a good thing by and large, and I have no desire to see uniformity in 'cultures' in society. However the state and its policies should be universal in their content and application, it is the divisive policy of state multiculturalism that is what is being critiqued here.

Though one criticism of this book and the whole anti-multiculture brigade, they seem to think chrisitianity is important and blame secularism (which is a funadmentally universal notion) as the cause of moral reletavism, which it isnt, just listen to all the prominent secularists Harris, Hitchens, Dawkins, they all are universalists and condemn moral reletavism.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Herman Norford on 13 Sept. 2010
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I have long grown averse to multiculturalism and many aspect of liberalism that underpins it. As a result I read the Poverty Multiculturalism by Patrick West with great relish and anticipation in terms of how West's argument would take shape. I have to say that apart from it Journalise style I was not disappointed and agreed with the overall trust of West's argument. West basic proposition is that: "state sanctioned multiculturalism has indeed been counter-productive and worsened race relations."

West and for that matter Kenneth Minogue who writes an introduction to the book does not hide their political persuasion. The book is presented from a right wing perspective with an agenda that goes beyond highlighting the negative impact of multiculturalism. Part of the book's agenda is to criticise big government with its ambition to tax and spend on unnecessary things and intervene in areas of life that it should not.

The book also appears to take a swipe at left leaning philosophers and intellectuals in the social sciences. In doing so it focuses on the crucial concept known as cultural relativism. And although West quite rightly points out that cultural relativism underpins multiculturalism, nonetheless at times the reader could be forgiven for thinking that cultural relativism is the main issue under attack rather than multiculturalism. West tells us that: "Cultural relativism is the bastard child of Western philosophy."

West is right to argue that "state-sponsored multiculturalism has set different British communities against each other." However, although he uses a survey to show that both "white and non-white Britons" prefer integration, he fails to put this to the test of vigorous argument and day to day experience.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. A. M. Christie on 8 May 2011
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Was little bit disappointed at the size of the book ie it was just 70 pages long.....but every single word in the book is logical and relevant. It so obvious to me that multiculturism is nothing but apartheid of cultures and damaging to Britain and all its inhabitants.
Everybody in the country should read this book - particularly politicians!

A Must read!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. R. Mounsey on 16 Nov. 2010
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If you are of the new generation of PC people and are not prepared to confront some real realities, then this book will not suit you. I am old enough and to have travelled the world and to have experienced numerous cultures, to view objectively, event and changes over time to confirm some unpalatable truths, this is one of them.
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