The Corner

Re: Borders

Jonah: Your reader makes good points. In fact, as the Korean example

shows, the inhabitants of a prosperous and free bourgeois republic are

deeply un-keen on having poor, ragged, uneducated and unhygienic neighbors

swarming across their borders, EVEN WHEN THOSE NEIGHBORS ARE OF THE SAME

LANGUAGE, RACE AND NATIONALITY AS THEMSELVES! Well, at least that puts the

kibosh on accusations of “racism” against all immigration-restrictionists.

Your reader identifies a real moral conundrum that needs airing–a choice

between two things that are, for most Americans, both extremely

unattractive: (A) accommodating millions of refugees from a horrid

dictatorship next door, or (B) turning a blind eye to their suffering under

their own despotic rulers.

Personally, if it comes to “millions,” I will very unhappily vote for (B).

Don’t expect that level of honesty from our political classes, though, if

the event ever arises.

As I just said, “numbers are of the essence.”

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