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Claes G. Ryn, a professor of politics at the Catholic University of America, is the chairman of the National Humanities Institute and the president of the Philadelphia Society.
A fish starts rotting from the head, it is said. That a society starts rotting from its head needs to be much better understood. Blaming the decline of Western society on a "revolt of the masses" absolves elites, who must bear the brunt of the blame.
There is plentiful historical evidence that cultural diversity and immigration need not undermine a society's cohesion. They can be sources of enrichment and renewal.
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