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Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Libertarians and Birth Rates
Libertarian blogger Megan McArdle puts forward an extremely sensible view about the role of families and inheritance in maintaining culture, in response to a characteristically smart post by fellow-libertarian Will Wilkinson.
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Mass migration is maladaptive.
"Imagine that in 1600, before they sold Manhattan, American Indians had been offered an informed choice between two futures in the year 2000. One future was the present United States with a level of economic development unattainable without the efforts of millions of settlers and immigrants from Europe. The other was one or more Indian nations in possession of the present area of the United States but with economies less developed than at present. Which would they have chosen if they had valued ethnic genetic interests? A temporary delay, even one of decades or centuries, in acquiring some skill or institution would seem a weak excuse for sacrificing the future of all succeeding generations."
Posted by: DJ | 2008-06-18 12:59:27 PM
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