Harvard political scientist Robert Putnam is a self-described full-on liberal who worries a lot about community in America.
He made his name in the 1990s with his finding that hordes of Americans were, in his famous phrase, "bowling alone" — living without the traditional community ties of bowling leagues and Moose clubs that bound people together.
Then he set out on a huge project to find out why. The answer looks like a liberal's nightmare: diversity. Diverse communities, Putnam found, show dysfunction. At least for a while.
This hour On Point: Robert Putnam, Pat Buchanan and Lani Guinier on diversity and community in America.
Robert Putnam, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University and author of "Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community."
Lani Guinier, Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and author of the forthcoming "Meritocracy, Inc: How Wealth Became Merit, Class Became Race and Higher Education Became a Gift from the Poor to the Rich."
Pat Buchanan, Founder and Editor of The American Conservative magazine and author of "State of Emergency: The Third World Invasion and Conquest of America."
This program aired on August 9, 2007.