Items from "PostGlobal"
The Washington Post has
an on-line "global issues" discussion, at
Since its structure makes it a little hard to point directly at the
discussions there, I repeat the body of my postings here with links for
who want to see the context.
(1) Immigration issues, reply
1, May 24, 2007 12:17 PM.
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Question: Rich countries need a steady supply of new immigrants
to keep up their growth
rates and welfare systems. But everywhere immigration is causing a
What to do? Amnesty? Higher fences?
[essay by Thomas Kleine-Brockhoff, I reply:]
With the opening up of Eastern Europe nearly 20 years ago, we began a
in the relations between people and governments comparable to (but
than) the fall of the Roman Empire, and a flow of migration comparable
of the Germanic tribes into Western and southern Europe.
A great many of our old models (of nation, nationality, national
and loyalty) no longer work, and we haven't had time or leadership to
to new ones.
The United States model, so touted as demonstrating "tolerance", may
good internal tolerance within the US legal structure. But we are
the extent to which national tight control replaces loose local
doing great harm in some other parts of the world, vastly damaging any
might have had as a model.
To illustrate how a simple shift in viewpoint or identity changes
and using very simple fictitious numbers: suppose the average wage in
the US is
$20 thousand, and in Mexico $5 thousand. Suppose a bright Mexican
thousand moves to the US where he can make $15 thousand. The average
Mexico just dropped (lost a high wage). The average in the US dropped
low wage). The average wage in North American just increased (the man
The best way to increase productivity and reduce conflict is probably
look at things on as large a scale as possible, and use the added
(and taxes) to provide the welfare necessary to mitigate harm locally.
May 24, 2007 12:17 PM
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