Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Eek! The Messicans Talk Funny!

It's Tuesday, and Matt Yglesias has done a bang-up job summing up E.J. Dionne Jr.'s column about the recent attempts to make English the national and/or official language of the U.S.

Bottom line: this whole discussion is pure pandering. English is not under any threat. Learning more than one language is, in fact, good for people and a good idea in an increasingly globalized marketplace. (Eddie Izzard quips that they speak five languages in Amsterdam, and they're high all the time.)

Jingoism. Xenophobia. Ignorance. Fear-mongering. These are the only real problems here.

P.S. Dionne's column is especially noteworthy, since it's the first time in recent memory that I haven't rolled my eyes at an E.J. Dionne column.


Blogger Tim McCormack said...

Eddie Izzard also notes that pot is performance-enhancing drug, giving an unfair advantage. Performance-enhancing, in that it allows you to come in last in a race where all the other runners are dead.

27/5/06 1:44 PM  

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