The Backchannel

Why Immigrants Are Happier, More Patriotic, Less Woke, and More Optimistic

August 01, 2020 Zaid Jilani, Leighton Woodhouse and Shant Mesrobian Episode 11
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Why Immigrants Are Happier, More Patriotic, Less Woke, and More Optimistic
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The Backchannel
Why Immigrants Are Happier, More Patriotic, Less Woke, and More Optimistic
Aug 01, 2020 Episode 11
Zaid Jilani, Leighton Woodhouse and Shant Mesrobian

The right has spent years arguing that immigrants don't assimilate well into American culture, while the left has played up America's flaws, arguing that the country simply isn't as desirable as we're told.

What if they're both wrong?

On this episode, Zaid and Shant talk about a recent piece Zaid wrote for the online magazine Persuasion, in which he argues that immigrants are among the most patriotic and hard-working Americans, and that if we want to strengthen America's civic culture, we should embrace immigration.

Zaid's Persuasion piece on immigration:
https://www.persuasion.community/p/immigrants-are-far-more-patriotic

Pew's data on what countries are most optimistic about the future:
https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2014/10/09/emerging-and-developing-economies-much-more-optimistic-than-rich-countries-about-the-future/

Brookings survey showing poor blacks and hispanics are more optimistic than poor whites:
https://www.brookings.edu/articles/why-are-black-poor-americans-more-optimistic-than-white-ones/

Chris Arnade’s piece at American Compass:
https://americancompass.org/immigrants-and-the-american-dream/

Show Notes

The right has spent years arguing that immigrants don't assimilate well into American culture, while the left has played up America's flaws, arguing that the country simply isn't as desirable as we're told.

What if they're both wrong?

On this episode, Zaid and Shant talk about a recent piece Zaid wrote for the online magazine Persuasion, in which he argues that immigrants are among the most patriotic and hard-working Americans, and that if we want to strengthen America's civic culture, we should embrace immigration.

Zaid's Persuasion piece on immigration:
https://www.persuasion.community/p/immigrants-are-far-more-patriotic

Pew's data on what countries are most optimistic about the future:
https://www.pewresearch.org/global/2014/10/09/emerging-and-developing-economies-much-more-optimistic-than-rich-countries-about-the-future/

Brookings survey showing poor blacks and hispanics are more optimistic than poor whites:
https://www.brookings.edu/articles/why-are-black-poor-americans-more-optimistic-than-white-ones/

Chris Arnade’s piece at American Compass:
https://americancompass.org/immigrants-and-the-american-dream/