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From: J. Paige Straley [Email him]
RE Eric Peters's Article Too Much Traffic—Too Many People?
Eric Peters is seeing the effects in urban areas, where immigrant-driven growth is concentrated. It's a true vision. Immigrants don't move to the countryside, they move to urban areas where they can grab hold of the economy, and they prefer to go where it's warm! . What this means is that growth in the country is far from even. I would speculate that a doubling of the current population would mean quadrupling the population in the Southeast US.
Liberty? When scads of people of different ethos are pushed into proximity, and every game is a zero-sum game, it's a very tough world. It requires tough policing just to keep a lid on the place. Eric Peters uses the phrase "self-policing". Sorry, Eric, that only occurs in a uniform culture, where "pay it forward" really is a winning strategy. Liberty? Freedom? They will merely be buzz words.
Fifty years in the future there will be no winners from immigrant-driven growth. But there are a few now. Cui bono.