So in essence, the EU was a private club of mostly wealthy western nations. These are people who’s ancestors essentially invented the industrial revolution, following a period of widespread enlightenment. Liberals don’t want to believe that genetic differences could affect someone’s mental faculties*, so let’s just say it’s cultural.
If you let in a bunch of poor, uneducated people from Syria or Africa who’s nations are falling apart into wars and desperate poverty, you are allowing in the culture (or genetics) that created such a mess. So ok, well maybe those people can assimilate to the culture of their new home, whether it be France or Germany, etc? The problem is, the new immigrants tend to clump into enclaves, preventing assimilation and in effect, creating tiny hostile nations inside a host nation of ignorant assholes.
This is more or less the truth on the ground. The conservatives who are against limitless immigration may themselves be pretty ignorant assholes, relative to the average liberal with an education, but it’s hard to see how they don’t have a point.
a. ARE liberals for limitless immigration? It sure seems like they are in practice. Please try to explain why you aren’t, if you are against throwing out the millions of people who snuck into America illegally, or against physical barricades of some sort at the border, or *against *more stringent verification of immigration status for employers. About 90% of the membership on this forum is liberal, it seems, and for the most part I am included with ya’ll, but this immigration issue seems like a problem.
b. If you are for limits, should the limits be selective? Should you only allow in the cream of the crop, picking the best available (in income, earning potential, etc) from immigrants who apply, ignoring race or culture? In practice this would probably mean a lot of immigrants from first world nations over everyone else, simply because they have more in-demand skills and degrees. (not necessarily all white people, plenty of immigrants from Japan and China would get bumped to the front of the line in such a system)
c. Should we throw out all the people who snuck in illegally? It is possible to do this, albeit it would be very expensive and somewhat violent. If you don’t throw them out, then why not just open the border to everyone, because that’s what you have done.
- The reason is simple. IF some people are less intelligent or more violent than others, and IF race is a clear predictor of this, stereotyping or discriminating on the basis of perceived race is a mental shortcut that works. Not every time, but more often than not.