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3.0 out of 5 stars After multiculturism - a new covenant?, 28 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Home We Build Together: Recreating Society (Paperback)
Government-sponsored multiculturism in Britain has failed as a response to society's ills. It has increased frictions between ethnic and religious groups, not eased them. Jonathan Sacks in this book argues that "broken Britain" can be put back together ("recreated") through strengthening civil society and shrinking the business of the state. Faith communities and voluntary associations ought to occupy more of the public sphere. There is a need for a new covenant between individuals and groups aiming for the common good, "a new association that turns `You' and `I' into `We'". A revival of family values would underpin the new covenant, and Sacks deplores the falling birthrate in Europe - "we are undergoing the moral equivalent of climate change and no one is talking about it". Sacks is a media-friendly adviser to governments as well as leader of the largest body of Jews in the UK. His is a powerful, socially conservative voice which cannot be ignored. He is surprisingly silent about communal struggles in Northern Ireland. He might also have tried to analyse why some minority ethnic groups (British Indians, Sikhs, Chinese, and many Muslims) have achieved astounding success and are a dynamic component of British 21st century society.
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