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Oh yeah... Sep. 30th, 2005 11:48 am
One problem with this cold is it keeps fucking my memory about. I've just recalled some fragment of news I heard as the radio woke me up. This is the only place I can find it offhand:

Multiculturalism blamed for bombers' hate
Lizzie Murphy
MULTICULTURALISM is a divisive political concept which has fomented racial hatred and may have helped to produce the July 7 suicide bombers, a report claims today.
The social policy think-tank Civitas criticises what it calls "hard" multiculturalists who insist that no culture is better than any other and that society should celebrate difference.
[...]

Note: Civitas describes itself as "Liberal" but I've always seen it referred to by others as a "Right-Wing Think Tank"

From: zotz
Date: September 30th, 2005 - 11:09 am (Link)
Civitas cropped up fairly recently. They're right of centre, yes, but liberal for some senses of the word.
From: fellcat
Date: September 30th, 2005 - 12:20 pm (Link)
Whenever I see liberal my first thought is libertarian, which AFAIK is etymologically accurate. This confuses me, as most people and groups who call themselves liberal are anything but libertarian. However, if Civitas calls themselves liberal and others call them right-wing, then assuming that by right-wing they mean right-wing (capitalist) spending policies, then they're probably libertarian or at least heading that way.

Noone has yet defined multiculturalism to my satisfaction yet.
From: cavalorn
Date: September 30th, 2005 - 12:24 pm (Link)
I don't think anyone's defined it at all yet. It's one of those words which, to cite Douglas Adams, sounds good but doesn't actually tie you down to meaning anything.
From: fellcat
Date: September 30th, 2005 - 12:55 pm (Link)
So we're trying to solve one of the great problems of modern Britain − getting everyone to get along peacefully − using an undefined vocabulary. Great; I'm now just filled with confidence that we will succeed.

† This is sarcasm; deadpan sarcasm does not convey well in text.
From: fellcat
Date: September 30th, 2005 - 12:46 pm (Link)
then assuming that by right-wing they mean right-wing (capitalist) spending policies, then they're probably libertarian

No, according to the Ayn Rand Institute, they have to be near-anarchists as well as capitalists. Having said that, you'd have to advocate a free market, and hence capitalist, economy in order to be a near-anarchist, as collecting taxes for government spending interferes with people's ability to spend their earnings as they wish.
From: fellcat
Date: September 30th, 2005 - 12:47 pm (Link)
Why does comment threading fail intermittently?