Immigration and Reason

So we’re in for another day of craziness, of hysteria. Of a certain segment of society using every moniker, insult, and hyperbolic logical fallacy (read my post about that here, for it is important that we know how to use our minds – and our minds exist for the purpose of reasoning out problems. At least they should) to protect themselves from that singular human requirement in society, to think freely.

In craziness, I refer to immigration (this time. There’s been so much craziness over the last two years that I feel I have to specify). Now, and following on Dr. Patrick Deneen’s important analysis of liberalism’s (in the correct sense of the word) failure due to the historylessness to which we are now subjected by the “know-nothings”, I feel it is important again to highlight two posts I wrote about immigration the last time this particularly contentious issue flared up. Why? Because it takes knowledge and experience, married to reason and kindness (some call this wisdom) to solve the problems of the commons.

But we haven’t solved any problems of our commons recently, have we? At least not in my lifetime, that I can recall. Immigration, healthcare inflation, educational mal-investment, drug abuse (and in that I include abuse of mood-enhancing drugs prescribed by irresponsible ‘mental health professionals’ and which has led to our mass shooting problem – did you know that every mass killer was on one of the anti-depressants of one sort of the other? Of course you didn’t – doesn’t fit the narrative).


“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses…”

At any rate, cue immigration (again) – attempting to find a legal path to solve the crisis of human trafficking and job market equilibrium upon the most desirous patch of earth in the world. I think it was Milton Friedman who said “you cannot have open borders and a welfare state.” Maybe this time we’ll have an honest, adult debate?

I doubt it.

Immigration and the Know Nothings – Part 1

Immigration and Christianity – Part 2

About Joel D. Hirst

Joel D. Hirst is a novelist and a playwright. His most recently released work is "Dreams of the Defeated: A Play in Two Acts" about a political prisoner in a dystopian regime. His novels include "I, Charles, From the Camps" about the life of a young man in the African camps and "Lords of Misrule" about the making and unmaking of a jihadist in the Sahara. "The Lieutenant of San Porfirio" and its sequel "The Burning of San Porfirio" are about the rise and fall of socialist Venezuela (with magic).
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