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Mexifornia: A State of Becoming Paperback – July 31, 2007
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He describes the irony of Latino migration northward to freedom, only to assume here the same tribalist, statist values they fled. These values are enforced by the Movimiento and assisted by American benevolence and self-loathing. "Malinchismo," the supposed American betrayal of the Mexican people, is readily believable to an American public indoctrinated with guilt in their own public schools.
He notes in the Introduction that California is home to 40% of America's illegal immigrants (Pg. 4), and points out that what is new is not so much the increased volume of immigration, but "a growing despair and uncertainty over how---and even whether---to assimilate the arrivals into the fabric of the United States." (Pg. 5) Later, he opines that "California has always been a great, though risky experiment in a truly multiracial society, united by a common language, culture, and law." (Pg. 121-122)
He argues that an employer (such as a farmer) who is saving money by paying no taxes or benefits to illegal workers "pays more than he thinks for illegal aliens in the form of rising taxes as well as a fraying social fabric." (Pg. 15) He points out that a past immigrant "knew that if he did not learn English and the American system, he was going to be left behind as his peers pressed ahead... a Mexican accepts as a given that Pacific Bell will double the size of its directory assistance just to accomodate her Spanish." (Pg. 23) The once-standard goal of assimilation "is now ridiculed as racist and untrue." (Pg. 84)
He asserts that the "professional Mexican-American leadership that thrives in government, journalism and universities... more often seek preferences based... on past bias against their fathers and hostility presently expressed toward illegals.Read more ›
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Excellent analysis of a controversial topic, Victor does a good job at staying neutral in his analysis although he is empathetic with both sides, it conveys that empathy to the... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Luis Daniel Sanchez Garcia
This book provided a very accurate picture of the problems facing California and ultimately our nation. I passed it along to friends after I finished it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by L. Whicker
Very learned, expert review of a complicated situation that is often obscured by conflicting political agendas.Published 11 months ago by Paul Ehrmann
MEXIFORNIA, A State of Becoming by Victor Davis Hanson, was recommended to me five years ago and I blew it off. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Jim Misko
This book is scary when you consider all the illegal immigration going on now.Published 19 months ago by Watson
I have read and liked other things by Victor Davis Hanson. This book may irritate ideologues, but his opinion should be given deep thought as we try to deal with the illegal... Read morePublished 21 months ago by S. Elliott
I made the mistake of purchasing this book without really digging for the author's personal agendas and bias. (Thank goodness it was used. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Lion_Prophet13