How to Make America Greater: More ImmigrationAnd that would be great for American workers because …
FEBRUARY 7, 2017
President Trump will make America smaller….
If workers could move seamlessly across borders, wages of similar workers would tend to converge.
The wage gap is a measure of the barriers that remain: An hour of work by a Pakistani in New York costs 6.5 times what an hour of the same Pakistani’s time costs in Karachi.This Pakistani example may be lifted from Neal Stephenson’s 1992 dystopian sci-fi novel Snow Crash about a borderless world:
When it gets down to it — talking trade balances here — once we’ve brain-drained all our technology into other countries, once things have evened out, they’re making cars in Bolivia and microwave ovens in Tadzhikistan and selling them here — once our edge in natural resources has been made irrelevant by giant Hong Kong ships and dirigibles that can ship North Dakota all the way to New Zealand for a nickel — once the Invisible Hand has taken away all those historical inequities and smeared them out into a broad global layer of what a Pakistani brickmaker would consider to be prosperity — y’know what? There’s only four things we do better than anyone else:Not surprisingly, many libertarians assume Snow Crash is a utopian novel.
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