Monday, May 3, 2010
Good Thoughts on Immigration from Cato@Liberty
I got the link for this from Douthat's blog, but I found I quite like the argument Griswold is making. He links through to some interesting data as well from immigration in the 1950s. What I don't like is the comparisons with prohibition, which appears in plenty of other places as well, which I think is distorting the point somewhat. While a semantic issue, the problem with the term prohibition is it continues the meme that this is a special case largely separate from other market issues. You wouldn't call it prohibition if the US government banned the import of cars. Why use a separate word for a few products? The self-regulating market imposes the same rules on us whatever it is that is being banned. This is of course assuming that a self-regulating market exists for the product being discussed, I think in the cases of alcohol and labor the evidence leans heavily towards this being the case.