As everyone knows by now, I am a Danophile. I rant and rave at length about what a great place Denmark is and how the Danes are different from all the craven dhimmis in the rest of the West. I know you’re all sick of hearing about it.
But I mustn’t neglect the Italians. The Italians are very much like the Danes, except that they have wine, better weather, and more hand gestures.
Take, for example, this news story from Al-Reuters:
Italy Wants 30 Percent Cap on Immigrants in Class
ROME (Reuters) — Italy’s center-right government wants to introduce a 30 percent cap on the number of foreigners per school class in the belief that it will help immigrant children integrate with Italians, a minister said on Tuesday.
“We are thinking of a 30 percent quota,” Education Minister Mariastella Gelmini told local television.
“There have been many cases of classes almost entirely made up by immigrant students and obviously such conditions are not ideal for proper integration.”
Immigrant children would learn more Italian if they mixed with more local students, the minister said.
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Quotas are the latest in a string of initiatives aimed at regulating immigrants, including tougher laws against illegal immigrants, which have boosted Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in opinion polls but also provoked accusations of racism.
Gelmini has been one of his most controversial ministers, provoking school and university protests with reforms aimed at cutting teaching staff and increasing discipline.
This is encouraging. It’s no more than common sense, but the fact that the story can draw so much attention is a sign of how far we have fallen from ordinary common sense.
The West has descended into a sort of collective insanity, and the Italians and the Danes can help show us the way out of it.
Hat tip: KGS.