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If There Were Less Gravity, I Could Run Faster



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Jonah’s correct in his column today that “it’s simply unsustainable to have a libertarian immigration policy and a liberal welfare state.” Many conclude that the solution is to get rid of the welfare state, as if such a thing were possible any time in the foreseeable future. There are others who correctly argue that, to adapt Jonah’s phrasing, “it’s simply unsustainable to have a libertarian immigration policy and multiculturalism,” the solution being that we keep open immigration but end multiculturalism. Call me when that happens. Or, “it’s simply unsustainable to have a libertarian immigration policy and an interventionist foreign policy,” meaning if we just throw Israel under the bus we can let in whoever wants to come.

I can keep playing this game: “it’s simply unsustainable to have a libertarian immigration policy and a post-national elite that has no concern for sovereignty,” “it’s simply unsustainable to have a libertarian immigration policy and a public school system,” “it’s simply unsustainable to have a libertarian immigration policy and laws requiring emergency rooms to treat all comers regardless of ability to pay.”

At some point you become like the Ptolemaic astronomer who adds epicycles on epicycles to avoid the bitter conclusion that the Earth is not, in fact, at the center of the universe. Occam’s razor would suggest embracing the simpler explanation — mass immigration is incompatible with modern society and should be discontinued. It makes no more sense than geocentric astronomy, and it’s a lot more harmful.



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