Matthew Yglesias has already run the numbers on Stanley Kurtz’s paranoia, and found they don’t add up. I just want to talk about Kurtz’s idea of the Boogeyman:
Yet even critics have missed the real thrust of HUD’s revolutionary rule change. That’s understandable, since the Obama administration is at pains to downplay the regionalist philosophy behind its new directive. The truth is, HUD’s new rule is about a great deal more than forcing racial and ethnic diversity on the suburbs.
Oh dear! What could possibly be worse than forcing racial and ethnic diversity on the suburbs?!
The new HUD rule is really about changing the way Americans live. It is part of a broader suite of initiatives designed to block suburban development, press Americans into hyper-dense cities, and force us out of our cars. Government-mandated ethnic and racial diversification plays a role in this scheme, yet the broader goal is forced “economic integration.” The ultimate vision is to make all neighborhoods more or less alike, turning traditional cities into ultra-dense Manhattans, while making suburbs look more like cities do now. In this centrally-planned utopia, steadily increasing numbers will live cheek-by-jowl in “stack and pack” high-rises close to public transportation, while automobiles fall into relative disuse.
I’m sure the idea of being “force[d] out of [his] car” is terrifying for Mr. Kurtz, as riding the subway often involves sitting next to people of different colors.
You do know, don’t you, that there is no Constitutionally protected right to choose the ethnicity of your neighbors? If people choose to live in the suburbs for their racial homogeneity, then the suburbs can frankly go the way of the horse-drawn carriage. Parents should make sure to enroll their children in well-integrated schools so they don’t grow up to be Stanley Kurtz.