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Tag Archives: Books: Reviews and Suggested Readings

Can Republicans Afford to be Pro-Immigrant?

This is a slightly redacted email from a social scientist who prefers to remain nameless.  Reprinted with his permission. Hey Bryan, I just finished Open Borders last night and I want to say great job! […] I’m a conservative/libertarian who was convinced by the arguments that Ann Coulter and others made that demographics change America will be forever liberal. One thing that changed my view was “The Great Awokening,” seeing how white liberals changed their views on...

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The One Big Fact that Overawes All Doubts

How do I pick book topics?  On reflection, I usually start with what appears to be a big blatant neglected fact.  Then I try to discover whether anything in the universe is big enough to explain this alleged fact away.  If a laborious search uncovers nothing sufficient, I am left with the seed of a book: One Big Fact that Overawes All Doubts. Thus, my Myth of the Rational Voter starts with what appears to be a big blatant neglected fact: the typical voter seems...

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Randal O’Toole’s Slam Dunk

Randal O’Toole’s recent book, Romance of the Rails, is a slam-dunk. Actually, that is an understatement. The book is full of slam-dunks. In chapter after chapter, O’Toole, a long-time fan of railroads, puts his fandom aside and shows what a disaster government subsidies to, and regulations of, rail transportation have been. The book, subtitled “Why the Passenger Trains We Love Are Not the Transportation We Need,” is a fact-filled and numerate critique of some...

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The Rent Is Too Damn Highlights

An agricultural economy starved of land will suffer. An industrial economy starved of raw materials will suffer. And a service economy starved of proximity will suffer. -- Matt Yglesias, The Rent Is Too Damn High Since I’m tooling up to write Poverty: Who To Blame, I decided to finally read The Rent Is Too Damn High, the 2012 e-book by Matt Yglesias.  I expected it to be good,...

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Open Borders in Foreign Policy

I’ve got a new piece in Foreign Policy, with brand-new illustrations by my collaborator Zach Weinersmith.  Highlight: The standard explanation for these asymmetric public reactions is that resistance to immigration is primarily cultural and political, not economic or logistical. While West Germans welcomed millions of East German migrants, a much lower dose of Middle Eastern and African migration has made the whole EU shiver. Aren’t economists who dwell on economic...

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Do You Talk About It in Open Borders Yes!

The modal question about Open Borders is, “Do you talk about X?”  The answer is “YES” for all of the following… 1. Do you talk about the historical pattern of global poverty rates? 2. Do you talk about people’s attachment to their country of birth? 3. Do you talk about overcrowding? 4. Do you talk about the global poor’s ability to function in a modern society? 5. Do you talk about global apartheid? 6. Do you talk about the level of illegal immigration? 7. Do you...

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How Republicans Can Win Back the Immigrant Vote

Today’s immigrant voters are heavily Democratic, but ’twas not always so.  As Open Borders explains, immigrants were almost evenly split during the Reagan era.  It’s not hard to see why.  At least rhetorically, Reagan nearly endorsed open borders: I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, windswept,...

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