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Title: Earth to Libertarians: Immigration Hurts American Workers
Source: American Greatness
URL Source: https://amgreatness.com/2019/08/03/ ... ration-hurts-american-workers/
Published: Aug 3, 2019
Author: Spencer P. Morrison
Post Date: 2019-08-10 12:22:31 by Gatlin
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Comments: 7

An Islamist, a Communist, and a libertarian walk into a bar. The Islamist says submission to Allah is the highest virtue and an ideal society adopts Sharia Law.

The Communist strokes his grizzled beard in disagreement. “Religion is the opium of the people. What really matters is equality!” He then explains how Communism fixes inequality caused by bourgeois decadence. The Islamist nods approvingly—after all, decadence is sinful.

Finally, the libertarian pipes up: “No, no. Individual liberty is what really matters! Sharia Law and communism are fundamentally immoral because they violate personal freedoms.”

The Islamist and communist exchange a furtive glance before bursting out in laughter. “Individual liberty is immoral because it lets people betray Allah,” the Islamist chides. “Personal freedom is immoral because creates inequality,” chastises the Communist.

Dumbfounded, the libertarian wonders whether his fidelity to liberty is simply symptomatic of having been born in Minneapolis, rather than in Mecca or Moscow.

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Libertarians—like Islamists and Communists—see the world as it ought to be, rather than for what it is. Given that, they seek to change reality so that it more closely resembles their theoretical utopia. They want to create heaven on earth. Islamists accomplish this through blood. Communists through subversion. Libertarians?

Through propaganda.

A Bad Tree Bears Bad Fruit
Reason magazine is the libertarian Pravda, and it’s raison d’être is to shill for ideological goodies like open markets and open borders. Consider the recent piece by Alex Muresianu, who absurdly claims that mass immigration does not reduce wages for American workers. His evidence? A recent study from the Journal of Development Economics.

The study explored the labor market effects of 1.3 million migrants entering Jordan, a country of just 6.6 million people. Researchers found “Jordanians living in areas with a high concentration of refugees have had no worse labor market outcomes than Jordanians with less exposure to the refugee influx.” Muresianu says this is “particularly eye-opening” because if Jordanian workers were unscathed by mass migration then American workers must likewise remain unharmed.

This conclusion is wrong. Although the study found “no worse” labor market outcomes for Jordanians living among high concentrations of refugees, the phrase “no worse” must be emphasized. Why? Jordan’s annual GDP per capita growth was negative for the study’s entire duration—mass migration hurt everyone equally.

Next, Jordan’s unemployment rate has almost doubled since the start of the migrant influx, and currently sits at 19 percent. This shocks no one—except libertarians.

Finally, Jordan’s labor market is only loosely analogous to America’s. This is partly because American workers are being squeezed by automation to a greater degree, and partly because our economy is relatively capital- intensive, which means that America’s economic growth is decoupled from population growth.

Libertarians routinely trot out studies from distant corners of the earth to “prove” their points. Meanwhile, they ignore data that’s right under their noses.

Consider that more than 45 million legal immigrants currently reside in America. On top of this there are at least another 20 million illegal migrants. And yet, American wages are actually lower than they were in 1973.

If immigration is so good for American workers, then why did wages stagnate when the era of mass migration began? Why do we see wages rise after crackdowns on illegal aliens and “temporary” foreign workers time and time again? Why is California—an immigrant magnet—America’s poorest state, “home” to 170,000 homeless Americans who are the victims of an income distribution more inequitable than Guatemala’s?

Contrast this with Japan. Since 1980, Japan’s GDP growth per capita has actually outpaced America’s—despite the fact that Japan has next to no immigration. How is it possible that Japan has prospered without benefiting from the “economic rocket fuel” that is mass immigration? Could it be that the libertarians are wrong?

Perish the thought! Instead, let’s ignore all that and instead follow in Jordan’s primrose footsteps.

I Don’t Care if the Pie is Small—Just Cut Me a Big Slice!
Muresianu also makes a theoretical argument as to why immigration doesn’t reduce American wages:

. . . the basic laws of economics suggest that an increase in the supply of labor should lower the price of labor. But increased immigration doesn’t just increase the supply of labor—it also expands the demand for labor. Immigrants aren’t just workers. They also help start businesses, and they purchase goods and services from existing businesses.

In effect, Muresianu argues American wages are not affected because immigration increases both supply and demand. Not only is this empirically false, but it misses the point entirely.

The debate over wages isn’t really about wages, it’s about prosperity. There are many ways that immigration reduces prosperity regardless of wages. For example, every time immigrants remit funds abroad they reduce the velocity of money and harm local economies—remittances are like a giant straw that suck liquidity out of American communities. While this goes unnoticed in major cities such as Los Angeles, the rural southwest is littered with ghost towns where the economic lifeblood was drained by remittance outflows.

Immigration also reduces prosperity by elevating taxes. Why? Immigrants are a net burden on the welfare state. This was documented in a comprehensive study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The Academies made three key findings. First, immigration reduced wages and employment opportunities for American citizens (surprise!).

Second, the economic output of the immigrant population follows a Pareto distribution. That is, the most productive 15 percent of immigrants provide massive economic benefits. Meanwhile, the next 35 percent are revenue- neutral and the bottom 50 percent are a net drain on American taxpayers. In fact, it is estimated that this bottom cohort will cost American taxpayers a net $1.9 trillion in taxes over the course of their lifetimes.

The Academies’ findings are far from unique. The nonlinear, and deleterious, economic effects of immigration are echoed throughout the West.

Denmark’s Ministry of Finance recently found that non-European immigrants (and their children) consumed 59 percent of the tax surplus generated by native Danes. Canada’s Fraser Institute likewise found that mass immigration costs Canadian taxpayers $24 billion annually. Finally, a study from the University College of London found that immigrants cost British taxpayers billions every year.

Who pays for all this? Natural-born citizens. We make, they take. Simple.

Immigration also indirectly hurts American workers by increasing the cost of living and reducing economic efficiency. Nowhere is this more apparent than when it comes to housing. Since 1973, the cost of housing in America (relative to purchasing power) has increased by 73 percent. The main driver of this is the influx of more than 60 million immigrants into America’s major cities—how could it be otherwise?

What about the infrastructure costs to support our larger population? The American Society of Civil Engineers predicts that America’s infrastructure deficit will reach $3.6 trillion by 2020. Who’s paying for this? Not immigrants. And what about something as mundane as traffic jams? More people on the roads means more traffic jams, which already cost America $124 billion a year in lost productivity.

Immigration poses real problems—problems that Muresianu completely ignores. Why? Because libertarians don’t care about America. They don’t care about the American people. And they don’t care about you.

Libertarians care about a theoretical construct they call “freedom,” but only in its most rarefied and abstract sense. Invariably, they support anti-American policies if they happen to conform to libertarian theology. Is this any different than Islamists pursuing universal submission to Allah, or Communists fighting for global equality? I think not.

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... libertarians don’t care about America. They don’t care about the American people. And they don’t care about you.

Libertarians care about a theoretical construct they call “freedom,” but only in its most rarefied and abstract sense. Invariably, they support anti-American policies if they happen to conform to libertarian theology. Is this any different than Islamists pursuing universal submission to Allah, or Communists fighting for global equality? I think not.

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#1. To: Gatlin, hondo68 (#0)

This is lame. I've never met anyone who claimed to be any stripe of libertarian and who also favored open borders. I'm sure there are a goodly number of open-border libertarians working at the Koch brother's Kochtopus of websites and videos. But I've never met any regular libertarian who favors open borders, no more than they favor gun control or massive redistributionist schemes.

Adopting the non-aggression principle of the libertarians does not require any country to relinquish its sovereignty or its borders.

And even Ron Paul didn't favor open borders in his campaign or in his House speeches. He generally opposed amnesties as a giant giveaway program to curry votes at the expense of the taxpayers. Similarly, he opposed systems like a permanent federal gunowner database, the Know-Your-Customer bank snitching laws, the various RealID scams the communist elements of the GOP and Dems tried to push through.

And for all the derring-do you might imagine you once had, Ron Paul still accomplished more in his life than you ever will. And that's what eats you up about Ron Paul. You probably have some old air force buddies who also never did a fraction of what Ron Paul accomplished. And you all sit around on the porch and grumble about him. That darned Ron Paul! LOL

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-10   13:44:49 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#2. To: Gatlin (#0)

Invariably, they support anti-American policies if they (libertarians) happen to conform to libertarian theology. Is this any different than Islamists pursuing universal submission to Allah, or Communists fighting for global equality?

I see you found yet another ignoramus author and idiotic article to post.

Equating libertarianism with Islam and Communism?

They are diametrically opposed.

Only someone who is mentally warped and on a fevered jihad against anything libertarian would believe such nonsense.

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2019-08-10   13:49:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#3. To: Deckard (#2) (Edited)

8 Ways to Stop Worrying About What Other People Think

Gatlin  posted on  2019-08-10   14:04:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#4. To: Tooconservative, tater force, Gatlin, the worthless canary, loser (#1) (Edited)

for all the derring-do you might imagine you once had, Ron Paul still accomplished more in his life than you ever will.

you all sit around on the porch and grumble about him. That darned Ron Paul!

Tater Force vs Ron Paul's Air Force.

No comparison between Gatlin's potato peeling squadron & flight surgeon Ron Paul.

Ron Paul - Lake Jackson Texas Values

Hondo68  posted on  2019-08-20   12:49:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#5. To: Gatlin (#0)

Reason magazine is the libertarian Pravda, and it’s raison d’être is to shill for ideological goodies like open markets and open borders.



The Party of Principle

2018 Platform

As adopted by convention, July 2018.

3.4 Free Trade and Migration

We support the removal of governmental impediments to free trade. Political freedom and escape from tyranny demand that individuals not be unreasonably constrained by government in the crossing of political boundaries. Economic freedom demands the unrestricted movement of human as well as financial capital across national borders.

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The Party of Principle

Libertarians believe that if someone is peaceful, they should be welcome to immigrate to the United States.

Libertarians believe that people should be able to travel freely as long as they are peaceful. We welcome immigrants who come seeking a better life. The vast majority of immigrants are very peaceful and highly productive.

Indeed, the United States is a country of immigrants, of all backgrounds and walks of life…some families have just been here for more generations than others. Newcomers bring great vitality to our society.

A truly free market requires the free movement of people, not just products and ideas.

Whether they are from India or Mexico, whether they have advanced degrees or very little education, immigrants have one great thing in common: they bravely left their familiar surroundings in search of a better life. Many are fleeing extreme poverty and violence and are searching for a free and safe place to try to build their lives. We respect and admire their courage and are proud that they see the United States as a place of freedom, stability, and prosperity.

Of course, if someone has a record of violence, credible plans for violence, or acts violently, then Libertarians support blocking their entry, deporting, and/or prosecuting and imprisoning them, depending on the offense.

Libertarians do not support classifying undocumented immigrants as criminals. Our current immigration system is an embarrassment. People who would like to follow the legal procedures are unable to because these procedures are so complex and expensive and lengthy. If Americans want immigrants to enter through legal channels, we need to make those channels fair, reasonable, and accessible.

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Libertarian perspectives on immigration

The libertarian perspective on immigration is often regarded as one of the core concepts of libertarian theory and philosophy.[1][2] Some libertarians assert that "[e]fforts by the government to manage the labor market are as apt to fail as similar efforts to protect domestic industries or orchestrate industrial policy. [...] If an immigrant seeks to engage in peaceful, voluntary transactions that do not threaten the freedom or security of the native-born, the government should not interfere".[3]

Samuel Edward Konkin III has promoted illegal immigration as being a key part of the counter-economy.[4]

Libertarian author Jacob Hornberger, a proponent of freer immigration policies,[5][6] argues that open borders is the only libertarian immigration position.[7]

Jeffrey Tucker, Director of Content at the Foundation for Economic Education,[8] has been critical of the closed-border arguments made by conservative-leaning libertarians:[9][10]

This is a huge debate among people who otherwise swear fealty to "limited government." Many people who claim to want freedom seem to have no problem with the implications of a closed-border policy: national IDs, national work permits, non-stop surveillance, harassment of all businesses, a "papers please" culture, mass deportation, tens of billions in waste, bureaucrats wrecking the American dream, broken families, [and] the rights of Americans and foreigners transgressed at every turn.[9]

[1] Brennan, Jason (2012). Libertarianism, What Everyone Needs to Know. Oxford University Press. pp. 42, 50, 119, 125. "[Libertarians] believe everyone has the right to take employment in any other country, regardless of citizenship. They hold that, except in special circumstances, governments may not forbid citizens from leaving a country, nor may governments forbid foreigners from entering (page 42)."

[2] Brennan, Jason (16 February 2016). "Immigration Rights". Libertarianism. Retrieved 21 September 2016.

[3] Griswold, Dan (2008). "Immigration". In Hamowy, Ronald (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Libertarianism. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Cato Institute. pp. 235–237, quote at p. 236. doi:10.4135/9781412965811.n145. ISBN 978-1-4129-6580-4. LCCN 2008009151. OCLC 750831024.

[4] "Counter-Economics: what it is, how it works" (PDF). Agorism.info. Archived from the original (PDF) on 25 March 2009.

[5] Hornberger, Jacob (1 November 1994). "The Case for Unilateral Free Trade and Open Immigration". Future of Freedom Foundation. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

[6] Hornberger, Jacob (1 February 2000). "Let's Stick with Traditional American Values!". Future of Freedom Foundation. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

[7] Hornberger, Jacob (19 May 2016). "Open Borders Is the Only Libertarian Immigration Position". The Future of Freedom Foundation. Retrieved 22 September 2016.

[8] "Jeffrey A. Tucker". Foundation for Economic Education. Retrieved 27 May 2016.

[9] Tucker, Jeffrey (14 September 2015). "Why Open Borders?". Foundation for Economic Education. Retrieved 20 November 2016.

[10] Tucker, Jeffrey (26 August 2016). "Five Differences Between the Alt-Right and Libertarianism". Foundation for Economic Education. Retrieved 5 November 2016.

nolu chan  posted on  2019-08-20   14:04:26 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#6. To: Deckard (#2)

False realiTy lefTisT ideaology

Liberal north pole saTTeliTes

Hovering The deaTh hole

Gps on a defuncT planeT

Incurable schizophrenics

A vacuum fuelled universe

FloTsum / jeTsom of ouTer space junk

If you ... don't use exclamation points --- you should't be typeing ! Commas - semicolons - question marks are for girlie boys !

BorisY  posted on  2019-08-20   15:01:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

#7. To: Hondo68 (#4)

Tater Force vs Ron Paul's Air Force.

I think Tater Force was all Starfighters under the command of Bob Dornan.

Tooconservative  posted on  2019-08-20   18:32:17 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  

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