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From my new column in Taki's Magazine: Read the whole thing there.
From Talking Points Memo: It's striking how blatant double-standards are.
And repurpose the $260 billion being spent on stadium construction in Qatar for shelter for refugee Arabs. It's the least the Arabs could do for their fellow Arabs. Why should these poor Arabs have to live under the oppressive thumb of white racist Europeans when their Arab brothers have plenty of money to put them... Read More
Is Donald Trump cool? On the one hand, he's been around forever, his tastes are cheesy/expensive, and the media has, as you may have noticed, been squealing nonstop for months that he's Not Cool. On the other hand, he's not from Flyoverville. He's about as New York as you can get. And yet, he's an... Read More
From the New York Times: I swam to Kos in May 2009. I didn't swim the full 3 miles from Bodrum, Turkey to Greece, just the last couple of hundred yards. The Mediterranean in May is colder than I had expected and I was quite glad to finally fetch up on the rocky beach. to... Read More
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With the federal government working up a new housing ploy, I figured it's timely to dredge up the 2008 short story I published in The American Conservative:   Unreal Estate Memorial Day Weekend, 2005 “So, this guy joins a monastery where he’s not allowed to talk.” Travis, your brother-in-law, is telling a joke. He’s told... Read More
A big change in crime-fighting tactics in California over the last decade has been to stop focusing on arresting just the "kingpins" of street gangs (because, it turns out, it doesn't actually take some kind of rare Ernst Stavro Blofeld-style malevolent brilliance to run a gang). Instead, all the cop agencies get together and sweep... Read More
Let's count the word choices in this huge New York Times feature article: California Drought Tests History of Endless Growth The state’s history as a frontier of prosperity and glamour faces an uncertain future as the fourth year of severe shortages prompts Gov. Jerry Brown to mandate a 25 percent reduction in non-agricultural water use.... Read More
Here are some more immigration policy phrases that have polled or focus grouped well with voters. Less future immigration. What we're for regarding reduced legal immigration numbers going forward. One should never forget how revolutionary a concept is the fact that legal immigration is set by government policy. “Less” is concrete and one syllable. “Future”... Read More
Voluntary exit "Voluntary exit" tests far better among voters than the grating "self-deportation," which polls worse than "deportation." Commenter Joe H. suggests "Homeward bound," complete with a theme song:
More immigration terminology that has polled / focus grouped well with voters: A definition: "Amnesty is when government grants an illegal alien a work permit (or other right to live America).” Ideally trotted out in full once in every article that deals with amnesty. Hammers home the idea of "work permit," which is at once... Read More
Here's another phrase that polls well: Immigration security and enforcement ("immigration security" for short). Definition: the set of measures to stop and reverse illegal immigration. It's important to get away from “border security,” which is too narrow a concept. By crushing margins, the public thinks immigration security and enforcement (when defined to be the set... Read More
Some polling and focus group work has been done to see what immigration sanity phrases work best with voters. I'll go over them in a series of posts this week. Testing is very important in marketing. For example, I was a pretty good marketing researcher but, to my initial surprise, I was a terrible marketer.... Read More
From the New York Times:Critics accuse the government of pawning the national birthright. So far, those said to be interested in the passports include a former Formula 1 champion, a Chines
For years, the Southern Poverty Law Center has been arguing that the only reason anybody in America has the slightest doubts about immigration is because of the malign influence of one man, a Michigan ophthalmologist named John Tanton. Now, Sen. Marco Rubio is spreading the SPLC's line.From the Washington Post:A new battle has flared inside the Republican... Read More
From The New Republic, an elaborate article that doesn't seem to notice how literal its titular metaphor actually is:In the red states, government is
From the NYT, a column that won't be terribly novel to iSteve readers, but it's good to see this kind of sensible analysis getting out there more broadly:This narrative was pushed on Sunday morning programs, on late-night talk shows and at news conferences, by everyone from Rice to Hillary Clinton to the president himself. When... Read More
From the New York Times:Obviously, bringing in new guestworkers to hammer down the dishwashing wages of the current set of immigrants washing dishes in this guy's Houston restaurants isn't very friendly to immigrants now in the U.S., but who cares about them? The point of being "Friendly to Immigrants" is:- To line the pockets of... Read More
For many years, the Wall Street Journal editorialized in favor of a five word Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: "There shall be open borders." So, I've long been interested in trying to estimate just how many people would move to the U.S. if this highly respectable policy recommendation were ever actually implemented. George Borjas pointed out... Read More
From the BBC: My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
The left is moving in the opposite direction on immigration. From the London Evening Standard:
Michael Barone writes:Since "African-American" is already taken, we need a term for people such as Akeem Olajuwon: Sub-Saharan Americans? Houston, where Olajuwon played in college and the NBA, appears to be the capital of Sub-Saharan America, due to the oil industry's connections to Nigeria, climate, Houston's Lagos-style city planning regulations, and, maybe, Olajuwon himself. So far, the... Read More
Thilo Sarrazin, the former Social Democratic central banker with a doctorate in economics whose previous book on immigration policy has sold 1,100,000 copies in Germany, has a written a new book, Europe Doesn't Need the Euro. In the Atlantic, Miss Heather Horn finds herself disturbed by Sarrazin's sinister reasonableness:I can tell how old
From the New York Times on how Romney should attract the Hispanic vote:Like when Lorenzo Pagina and Sergio Brino graduated from Stanford and were about to found Google, but then they got deported back to Mexico. Happens all the time. That why Monterrey is n
Anatoly Karlin, who is making himself the go-to guy on analyzing the investment implications of international school test scores (a potentially lucrative niche), has a long, fascinating write-up of PISA scores adjusted by immigration status:This might not seem like much, but it is highly significant when bearing in mind the extremely close correlation between national... Read More
Jack Strocchi offers another theory of why corporate elites favor immigration besides keeping labor costs down and labor unions weak:Say you are the head of the American division of a big, fairly capital intensive toilet paper company with major operations in the U.S. You want sales to grow so you can run your already-built factories... Read More
From my new essay at VDARE on the hardening of class taboos:Read the whole thing there. My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
Probably. Chuck at Occidentalist assembles a bunch of test reports, here and here. It's not as well-studied of a subject as it is in the U.S., so it's hard to make sense of all the data, but most point toward the white-black gap in the U.K. being well under a standard deviation.I haven't seen a good meta-analyses... Read More
Steve Camarota has done a very useful piece of research for the Center for Immigration Studies:Of newly arrived immigrants who took a job in Texas, 93 percent were not U.S. citizens. Thus government data show that more than three-fourths of net job growth in Texas were taken by newly arrive
Jennifer Gordon writes in an op-ed in the NYT about that amusing strike at the Hershey factory by foreign students who thought they were signing up for fun in the sun and got stuck lifting cases of candy on the late shift in Nowheresville, PA:The Pennsylvania workers are not alone. Recent exposés by journalists and... Read More
From the New York Times:Like many other students, Ms. Ozer said she invested about $3,500, which included the program costs, to obtain the J-1 visa
Here are a few extracts from Enoch Powell's infinitely demonized April 20, 1968 speech, delivered two weeks after the Martin Luther King riots in northern American cities.In fifteen or twenty years, on present trends, there will be in this country 3 1
I must confess that when I read articles from the mainstream media in Europe denouncing immigration restrictionists with angry rhetoric but little substance, I sometimes wonder if my leg is being pulled. For example, is this April 29, 2011 article from Spiegel on Denmark's decade-long success in implementing a more rational immigration policy a self-parody?... Read More
For some time, environmentalists have been aggressively nativist when it comes to plants and animals. Environmentalists don't like, say, foreign transplants, such as rats driving extinct all the native birds on remote islands. They don't like kudzu covering up much of the Southeast.But that increasingly raises feeling of psychological unease and impurity in the minds... Read More
My new VDARE column is about Maurice Glasman, one of the most interesting leftist thinkers in recent years to emerge (and then get rapidly submerged as he made clear the full logic of his worldview). Lord Glasman served for the last half year as the idea man for the new British Labour Party boss Ed... Read More
Canada's population has been steadily growing due to immigration. It's now up to 34 million from 27 million in 1988. Immigrants have, not surprisingly, stayed away from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, while crowding into Toronto, Vancouver, and Montreal. Canadian Liberal Party senior statesman Robert Kaplan enthusiastically explains in the Toronto Globe & Mail that tripling the population of... Read More
Here's part of the letter from the district attorney's office to Dominique Strauss-Kahn's accuser's attorney explaining why they don't trust her anymore.In an application for Asylum and for Withholding of Removal dated I)eccmber 30, 2004, the complainant provided the United States Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service with factual information about herself, her background and her... Read More
From today's NYT:Here's the beginning of my May 19th posting kicking around the DSK charges:Is there enough evidence to convict Dominique Strauss-Kahn in court? I can't tell.
The Washington Post reports:So, there are 280 applications for every visa? “These results are not valid because they did not represent a fair, random selection of the en
From the New York Times:One group that Dr. Tanton nurtured, Numbers USA, doomed President George W. Bush’s legalization plan four years
I review the massive book on immigration discussed from the perspective of the human sciences in VDARE.com.My old articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
Ever since African-American voters in Washington D.C. kicked out school reformer Michelle Rhee, lowering property values in gentrifying sections of D.C., blogger and D.C. condo-owner Matthew Yglesias has been on the warpath to admit 165,000,000 immigrants to the U.S.. You might think that the subsequent increase in global carbon emissions alone would make that an... Read More
Australians have been deeply worried in this century about two problems: running out of water and potentially rising seas due to carbon emissions. As Jared Diamond pointed out in Collapse, one obvious step is to take the pedal off the metal when it comes to immigration to Australia. The more people in Australia, the less... Read More
Here's an important post by Tino at Super-Economy on a new study giving employment rates in three big European countries. For example:Much of the immigration to Europe can be characterized as welfare fraud.My published articles are archived at iSteve.com -- Steve Sailer
From my new VDARE.com column:The continuing success of the German high wage economy relative to the Anglo-American low wage / high finance system is raising worries among the global great and good that a newly confident German public might start thinking for itself on immigration.Particularly agitating to transnational elites is that Social Democratic central banker... Read More
From my column in VDARE: The F.B.I.  announced charges last week against 73 Armenian gangsters, almost  half of them in the  Los Angeles area, for running the largest Medicare fraud in history.Or—to be strictly accurate—the largest the FBI yet knows about.The indictment alleged that most of the defendants were "were Armenian nationals or immigrants and... Read More
From Slate: Give Us Your Tired, Your Poor. Really. We Mean It.Economists are making the case politicians are afraid to: Immigration is great for the U.S.By James LedbetterIf you pay attention only to politics, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the current debate about immigration in America is limited to how severely it should be... Read More
From my new VDARE.com column:Of the millions who claim to be deadly serious about Saving the World from global warming by limiting carbon emissions, how many are truly sincere?There’s one surefire test: Do they demand reductions in immigration to the U.S.?Answer: almost none of them do.A Google search for “carbon emissions” brings up 3,680,000 web... Read More
From an April 30, 2010 posting on Gallup.com: Young, Less Educated Yearn to Migrate to the U.S.Canada more attractive to older, more educated adults by Neli Esipova, Julie Ray, and Rajesh SrinivasanWASHINGTON, D.C. -- Fifteen countries attract about 500 million of the roughly 700 million adults worldwide who say they would like to relocate permanently to... Read More
The Financial Times has a nearly-4000 word article on "The Crisis of the American Middle Class" that manages never to mention any words beginning with the letters "immigra." The closest reference is:Huh? "Janitors, beauty technicians, home carers and landscape gardeners" "cannot be easily replaced by ... foreigners." Thank God we don't have to worry about that... Read More
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