Governor Romney, I’m trying to come up with a context in which these comments you’re making about culture as the driver of economic prosperity aren’t racist.
But I’m having trouble. Maybe you’re thinking of Max Weber’s look at the role of Calvinism in creating what’s been called the Protestant work ethic. But that’s pretty case-specific and related to the pioneer existentials of colonial America. Even if you’ve spelled all of this out in meticulous detail and nuance in your book, you’re running for President. You have to know how this stuff (USA hardworking! Mexico lazy! Israel hardworking! Palestinians lazy!) sounds. Especially when you say it on the world stage.
The thing is, I don’t think you know or can even imagine how these things sound. I don’t think you have the social or political instincts. But since I haven’t read your book I can’t come out and say your take on global cultures is racist, simplistic, and representative of your general out-of-touchness, can I?