The top news across America today might be the announced engagement of Britain’s Prince Harry to American actress Meghan Markle.
Our national obsession with celebrity has grown as mass media has increased its dominance as the institutional gatekeeper of news and information. America has had a particularly strong fascination, however, with the British royal family; the American television networks telecast live the wedding of Harry’s mum (the late Princess Diana whose tragic death was more than 20 years ago), way back in the pre-CNN days of 1981.
America’s opinion elites may fantasize about this country’s own “royalty” (i.e., Clan Kennedy), but even that is remarkable given that a mere 60 years ago there were significant (if equally ignorant) fears of foreign influence from the Vatican should the nation elect a Roman Catholic as President!
Yet such foreign influences are here. In many professions and industries and even certain cities, they are dominant.
I recently attended a gathering of investment bankers in New York. Working the room, I quickly discerned that I was literally the only native New Yorker in the place; virtually the entire room was foreign-born. That can make sense, in a global economy where the customer base knows no boundaries, but I wondered where the American-born investment bankers have gone. But in more than a few offices of “name” financial institutions, the only people speaking with “American” accents are the secretaries and custodial staff.
These observations support a theory that the pipeline of talent in the financial, technical, educational and, increasingly, the communications (e.g., news media) fields, as reflected in major “international cities” such as New York, Washington DC and even Miami, has become heavily dominated by non-Americans.
As the gatekeepers to entry increasingly become foreign, it’s possible the composition of those admitted to the institutions conferring (at least, in theory) prestige and entry to power will reflect a similar transformation. Some evidence points in precisely that direction. Some of our leading educational institutions call themselves “universities of the world” and up to one-third of their students are foreign-born.
Such high-achieving foreigners can use the prestige implied, if not confirmed, by the brand name of their schools and employers to quickly become part of America’s institutional elite. Once there, they can (and have) become influencers and leaders of Americans, making decisions and shaping public policy and culture.
Yet the cultural, social and political values with which the new “power elite” were raised (never mind what they’ve been exposed to once in our crypto-Stalinist, totalitarian universities), and which they may retain, may be incompatible with Western, capitalist or traditional constitutional values. Their overt bourgeois lifestyles here, often enjoyed in “international cities” like New York and Washington, DC, may hide their own overt contempt for such Western values as property rights, due process, pluralism and tolerance.
When we see leading news media and entertainment figures express decidedly anti-American, anti-capitalist and anti-Judeo-Christian sentiments, should we be surprised? If anything, the error is ours; we have no business expecting America-hating foreigners to respect or protect our nation, our culture or our way of life.
On the other hand, there are promising signs. Plenty of foreigners, “immigrants” or non-residents come here, not to exploit our country, but precisely because of our Judeo-Christian values, our capitalism system and — don’t discount this — our judicial system’s respect for the individual.
The growing trend of “global markets” have brought foreigners, entrepreneurs and visa-holding employees alike, to the United States just as much as Americans have increasingly moved abroad. Many industries target foreign customers seeking the safest refuge for their capital. Our judicial system and constitutional protections remain the envy of the rest of the world and provide a unique comfort for foreigners (especially those with assets) fearing repression, persecution or government confiscation. And despite the encroaching totalitarianism getting the headlines at many of our colleges and universities, the vast majority of students remain too focused on their education, their ambition and their need to meet tuition to care about the protests of the affluent entitled class.
This foreign influx in many ways reflects the attractiveness of America. Warts and all, America remains the “cleanest dirty shirt” in the global dry cleaning shop.
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