grams of study, the creation of an unemployable,rnhence revolutionary, intellectualrnclass of eternal students and halfbakedrnchampions of demagogic culturalrnpolicies. Western “experts” also suggestrnthat academic life be linked to industryrnand business, a policy that, according tornthem, works well in their own countries.rnBecause he asked my advice, which he isrnnot anyway allowed to follow, I suggestedrnthat the present 11 percent be reducedrnto 8 percent and that he investigaternthe so-called beneficial link thatrnexists between business and the universities.rnNo question that the ministerrnand the entire government are not in arnposition to follow this line of thought, althoughrnit is based on many years’ experience.rnThe whole matter offers, however,rnan example of how the Westrnregards that “other half” of Europe asrninferior, as an area ready for colonization.rnThe other type of “colonization” canrnat least be nuanced and criticized andrndeflected. After 40 years of relative culturalrnisolation, the intellectuals of EasternrnEurope are today to some extent cor-rnThe chorus agarnminority commrnTerrazas of thernSam Park of thernClinton and CornCalifornia Statrnwhile a thorougrnronment is conrnContrary torncreased immigrrnpercent of Latrnopinion surveyrnclearly shown trnHispanic suppcrntinue to feed thrnLIBERAL ARTSrn”n^^^^B l^lMU^Hk^^^Hrn^*B*^IKI^ 1rnrnZ’ j j ^ ^ 5 ^ ^ ^rn^E5WWBBM^^H|^rn^^’^”rMrnImm:rnMINORITIES AGAINST IMMIGRATIONrninst increased immigration to the United States contirnunities, reports the Federation for American ImmigraticrnNational Hispanic Alliance, Joe Pullen of Black PoliticrnAmerican Korean Political Action Group all signed letrnngress last July advocating an immediate moratorium crne Senator Art Torres chimed in by supporting suchrnh review of the effects of immigration on the econorrrnducted.rnmedia propaganda, minority communities have long 1rnation. According to the Latino National Political Surverninos want immigration levels reduced, and in a natrndirected by the Hispanic USA Research Group, inrnD be a top concern of Hispanics. Citing mostly econornrt of the moratorium, Terrazas argues that “we certairne whole world in our backyard.”rnnues to grow inrn)n Reform. Jackrnal Agenda, andrnters to Presidentrn)n immigration,rna moratoriumrnly and the envileenrnagainst iny,rnmore than 65rnionwide publicrnimigration wasrnmic reasons forrnily cannot conrailedrnby Western intellectual fashionsrnand their spokesmen. This, too, is an effectrnof mternational congresses paid forrnby sponsors and organizers. Precisely becausernof the region’s need of capital,rnthese sponsors, whether governmentalrnor private (semiprivate would be a morernadequate term), favor the fashionablernschools of thought, which today meansrnthe quasi-monopoly of the liberal/socialistrnapproach, or, more concretely, suchrnthinkers as Derrida, Foucault, Habermasrn(of the otherwise agonizing FrankfurtrnSchool), the Anglo-Saxon analytical andrnlinguistic thinkers, Richard Rorty, thernGerman progressivist theologians, UmbertornEco, and so forth. No fewer thanrn500 people gathered last year at BudapestrnLJniversity to listen to JacquesrnDerrida’s abracadabra, translated fromrnhis spoken French into English. Granted,rnthese public manifestations are largelyrnmere fashion, but one could wish somethingrnbetter on people who for decadesrnwere obliged (and confined) to hearrnGeorg Lukacs and his Russian guarantors.rnThis, too, is the accompanying phenomenonrnof slow convalescence in societiesrnthat have not yet regained theirrncultural independence and that accept,rntacitly, the following equation: the Westrnis rich, the West knows best. But herernagain, there are two signs pointing in oppositerndirections. Hungarian radio andrntelevision have two directors who wreckrntheir channels bv introducing huge dosesrnof advertisements of the most vulgarrncharacter, hence low-quality programming.rnEverybody agrees that they oughtrnto be fired, but since their posts havernbecome subject to political football.rnWestern and local business interests insistrnon keeping them.rnThe other sign was given by Denmark,rnwhich originally voted against Maastricht,rnin effect against the whole abstractrnand bureaucratic concept of arnunited Europe: another “melting pot”rnthat majorities do not want to be stirredrninto. Lately Europe’s model democracy,rnSwitzerland, sober Switzerland, votedrnagainst joining the combined Twelveand-rnSeven free economies. After all,rnwhy opt for a “united Europe,” which toornwill sink into chaos and be dominated byrnthe Germans? If this is not a cultural decision,rnwhat is?rnThomas Molnar’s latest book isrnThe Emerging Atlantic Culturern(Transaction).rn44/CHRONICLESrnrnrn