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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Comments on That Vox Day Article

It isn't every day that I find someone with less common sense than I have.

Vox Day should definitely have skipped the following inflamatory analogy:

Not only will [massive deportation] work, but one can easily estimate how long it would take. If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6 million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into German society, it couldn't possibly take more than eight years to deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don't speak English and are not integrated into American society.

In the middle of the lunacy, he makes a plausible point that a border fence could be used to keep people in as well as out:

The problem with a fence is that it works both ways. As it stands today, the only government agency that objects to an American leaving the country is the Internal Revenue Service, which weirdly attempts to claim income tax for up to 10 years after an American leaves the country and his citizenship behind. This is mostly because apart from the farsighted Fred Reed, few Americans now wish to leave what is still a wealthy and relatively free country.

But that may not always be the case, especially given the increasing probability that the Lizard Queen will be squatting on the Cherry Blossom Throne three years from now. And a government that believes the importation of low-skill, low-income Mexicans is necessary is not one that is likely to smile benevolently upon the departure of high-skill, high-income Americans.

There is a precedent for the policy he ends up advocating:

As the Minutemen have proven, again, unleashing the power of motivated private citizens is far more efficient than relying on government bureaucrats.
“Motivated private citizens” trying to chase the supposedly-wrong people out of the neigborhood sounds like KKK tactics (and also IRA, PLO, and Tamil Tiger tactics). If we look at the effect of the KKK (and racism on the part of “motivated private citizens” in general) in the United States, it did not succeed in sending the target population “back to Africa” but did succeed in concentrating them in urban ghettos, where they could explode a generation later. I am not impressed with the wisdom of this.


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