America has come a long way since its inception as a society dominated by an oppressive, racist and patriarchal monoculture. Over the last 50 years, America’s cultural and ethnic makeup has shifted dramatically, enriching our lives and strengthening our country as a result. This has altered America’s political landscape with new ideas and perspectives, breaking the inertia of America’s conservative white patriarchy. This article looks at some of the exciting demographic trends that are changing America’s political and economic landscape for good, and making America far more agreeable to progressive values.
America’s Great Demographic Shift
In 1965, the US government signed the “Immigration and Nationality Act” into law, marking an end to the preferential treatment of European born immigrants that has shaped America’s dark and oppressive past. This marked the beginning of a shift in America’s demographic makeup, as immigrants from a wide range of countries began to flock to America to enjoy the fruits of modern civilization that they had been denied for so long. This has resulted in a sea change in the demographic makeup of America, with the white population giving way to a more diverse group of ethnic backgrounds.
The Political Implications
White non-Hispanics are the most conservative ethnic group in America, and are thus typically the greatest obstacle to progress. Other ethnic groups are far more likely to have liberal political views, and are more enthusiastic about advancing progressive principles such as sensible gun control laws, assistance for women and minorities, and increasing the minimum wage. By reducing the white demographic in favor of more diverse groups, we are making the political landscape in America more permeable to liberal ideas.
Younger Americans are also less stuck in the ways of the past and more open to progress, and thanks to the lowering of the voting age, young Americans are now able to voice their dissatisfaction with dated conservative politics. Non-white demographics have far higher birth rates than whites, so the greater the proportion of these demographics, the younger the population stays. By providing economic assistance to many of these groups at a punitive cost to the historically oppressive white majority, we are able to enhance the difference in birth rates even further, both decreasing the average age and increasing the ethnic diversity of the population even more.
A Country that Represents the World
Diversity is our strength. The economy is like a giant intelligent system, aggregating the opinions, perspectives and decisions of every participant, and producing technological innovations and economic prosperity. The more diverse the participants, the richer the input, and the more innovative and economically competitive our nation becomes. America is a country of immigrants, and we need to start realizing that we live in a globalized world, with a myriad of cultures and perspectives. Our country needs to start representing the true makeup of our global economy, and not some stagnant ethnic monoculture. The economy is becoming more global every day, and if we fail to adapt, we risk being left behind in the global marketplace. America needs to lead the way in fostering diversity, because not only is that the path to a more progressive society; it is also the only way for our country to remain economically competitive in an increasingly global economy.