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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

I Was in Favor of Open Borders before This

Uh oh.

As I have mentioned before, I don't trust a petition signed by alleged intellectuals, even when I agree with it. The latest example of this annoyance is a petition signed by 500+ economists in favor of immigration. I've been trying to tell my fellow reactionaries that open borders isn't one of those left-wing ideas and now I find they're using tactics pioneered by test-ban activists and environmentalist wackos. Trust cues are important in debates and petitions are an anti-trst cue.

500+ economists who are looking at something independently are unlikely to be wrong.

500+ economists who are joining together in telling each other something can quite easily be wrong.

Clearly, we must restrict immigration in some way. I recommend charging admission. We can build walls along the borders with turnstiles in them. I think $1000 per person should eliminate most of the alleged riff-raff.


Blogger Akaky said...

Your idea about turnstiles is much too sensible to be adopted by the government, and let's face it, they would only blow the money on soybean subsidies anyway.

7:34 PM  
Blogger Milhouse said...

More seriously, require a bond to cover the cost of deportation, should the immigrant turn out to be a burden on society. If he hasn't needed to be deported within, say, 10 years, he gets his bond back.

5:09 AM  

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