Monday, July 20, 2009

Xenophobia Is Not Always a Good Thing

Ok, so Bill Ayres and I argue in For Kin or Country that xenophobia can serve as a brake on irredentism and thus serve as a force for peace. But as this article reminds us, fearing/avoiding that which is foreign, such as preventing immigration, can be very destructive to one's economy, especially when people are not reproducing at the replacement rate.

While immigration is a hot-button issue in American politics, it is abundantly clear that immigrants have been and will continue to be part of the American success story. Countries that choose not to partake of this well of diverse talents will lose out.

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