John at PowerLine was in the midst of making some observations about the Arizona immigration law when he wrote the following:
Putnam took a lot of heat from fellow liberals when he published data indicating that racially diverse communities tend to have less social capital (less trust in others, for example, including those of one’s own race) than ethnically homogeneous communities. (I couldn’t help noting with some satisfaction that, in Putnam’s research, the community that ranks highest of all in social capital–almost literally off the charts– is rural South Dakota. Footnote: it’s true that rural South Dakota is ethnically homogeneous, which was the variable Putnam was analyzing. I would note that it is also heavily armed. Possibly that, too, has something to do with the confidence with which one views one’s neighbors and the world.) Putnam’s lecture was on immigration and included a review of those controversial data, which, Putnam said, he spent two years of his life trying to make go away.