We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Immigration and the conspiracy against American workers. It is always cheaper to import cheap labor than to mechanize, but do not imagine that all of this cheap labor will come from Mexico. It's already coming from Asia, too. An open-ended guest worker program will flood this country, solely for the benefit of businesses who understandably do not want to pay any more than they need to. VDARE goes into the subject at length. Labor has become a global commodity, as Marx surmised.
We have always asserted on Maggie's Farm that the Left has fascist impulses, which is our main reason to fear them. We have been there and done that, so we know. We believe that they wish to control everything and anything they can, in their illusion of wisdom and their will for power, which is why they can seem so strangely sympathetic to dictators like Stalin, Fidel, Chavez, Saddam, Hamas, etc. No Pasaran takes a look at the "progressive" adoration of Chavez. It gives me a chill, and gives anyone a chill for whom individual freedom - the free choice which confers dignity, and the consequences of our choices which confer humility as often as they confer joy and glory - is the holy grail. I know I am preaching, but I fear the tendency in the human species to be willing to sell one's birthright for a bowl of lentils or a bottle of snake oil. But more than that, I fear the lentil salesman. Life was meant to be difficult and to stretch our neurons and muscles and spirit to the fullest as we seek our path through the dark woodlands and deserts of life, guided by whatever star or stars we chose. And still, we will fail in many ways. "Fail, and grow. Succeed, and stagnate." I said that. I guess I have little more to add to what The Beatles say in Revolution and what Dylan says in My Back Pages.
Nice post, thanks.
It is only cheaper to import cheap labor than mechanize & automate if your cost horizon is short and if you do not count other factors. The failure to automate is a brake on research and technology development. Cheap won't be cheap if superior technology makes us non-competitive.
Many natural resource rich but poor in mind and spirity countries feel it is cheaper to import advanced goods and services than develop education, infrastructure, and domestic technical capabilities.
These problems are opposite sides of the same coin.