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Thursday, August 21, 2003

A Problem with Immigration “Reform”

It will eventually be run by people enforcing their version of political correctness. (In the early 20th century, that meant racism; today it means anti-racism.) For example, on Gene Expression, they might want to admit only high-IQ immigrants. Once the Berkeley psychology department gets their hands on this, the IQ tests will be replace by tests of “integratively-complex” thought. People who don't toe the party line are likely to be kept out.

Besides, the idea that we're mainly in danger from proletarians is dated. Proletarian conspiracies were the 20th century's headache. The Current Unpleasantness came from a tycoon from a hereditary monarchy. His followers were unemployed engineers from societies where it took family influence to study abroad. They're trying to use propaganda campaigns along the lines of “We're Westernized but still hate you.” Since the “Westernized” is used as a synonym for “rich” and since the rich are highly privileged in the Mid-East, it's not surprising that people claiming to be Westernized hate us. The downtrodden just might be on our side.


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