Why can’t we just get along? This is a question that I have been working on in my new book, Divided: Colliding Ways We See the World. This series of blogs looks at five worldviews that each have defining characteristics. Understanding the five worldviews—indigenous, traditional, progressive, globalized, and transformative—is a necessity in this complex and rapidly-changing world. The next several weeks I will be examining the traditional worldview, an often misunderstood and demonized worldview. I would like to share with you some ideas that I have been exploring.
“Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.” ― W. Somerset Maugham
The Populist Right, Part 4
Globalizers, Republicans and Democrats, have been very supportive of immigration the last several decades. Immigration has added many pluses to American society by making it more diverse, interesting, and dynamic. But the influx of immigrants has also helped the globalization agenda by providing cheap labor for its enterprises and attracting the brightest workers from around the world to the tech industry in Silicon Valley.
The populist right is firmly against illegal immigration, especially those who breach our southern border. The left seems more ambivalent about immigration, many taking a more open-border stance and muddying the difference between illegal and legal immigration, and asylum seekers.
Trump has sworn to stop illegal immigration. Populists cheer when Trump brags about building a wall to further separate Mexico and the U.S. They want to curtail illegal immigration and “round-up” and deport immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally, especially if they have a criminal record.
This means approximately 11 million or more illegal immigrants, probably a number too large and costly for deportation efforts. Actually Democrats and Republicans have passed the immigration issue down the line for too long and are largely responsible for the current impasse. Trump appears strong and decisive in talking and acting on an issue the two parties have avoided for decades, while the Democrats timid decisions and confusing language about immigration make them look weak and vacillating.
About the Author
Dr. Denise R. Ames is a long-time educator, grade 7-university, author of seven books, and president of an educational non-profit, Center for Global Awareness, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. CGA provides books, resources, and services with a holistic, global- focused, and perspective-taking approach for their three programs: Global Awareness for Educators, books and resources for educators and students grade 9-university; Gather, Global Awareness Through Engaged Reflection, a self-organizing study and conversation program for adults focusing on seeing different perspectives of pressing global issues; and their most recent program Turn, Transformative Understanding and Reflection Network, which encourages lifelong and transformative learning to help us arrive at a place of personal and global well-being using a seven “path” approach.
For more about worldviews see Dr. Ames’ book Five Worldviews: How We See the World. $9.95