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Harry Baldwin submits a cool multiracial yin and yang symbol, suitable for Los Angeles uses: Starting with the black sector on the bottom and going clockwise, we see the Great Wave off Compton, the Palos Verdes Parrot, the East LA Eagle, and a scared looking Ku Klux Bunny. Like so many such logos, this one has the unfortunate tendency to be transforming before our eyes into a scything swastika.

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As I pointed out yesterday, most of the Open Borders logos that have survived the mass deportations look like underdone or surreptitious swastikas, with their Rotating Juggernaut of Doom common denominator. Some combination of the Cross and the Swastika seems to be a common motif in Open Borders logo, which is, well, interesting, to say the least: perhaps the Open Borders ideology is something of a cross between Christian universalism and Nazi let’s-blow-up-the-world radicalism? Or maybe swastika-like imagery just looks awesome to the kind of adolescent male intellects who make up the truest true believers in Open Borders?
As a commenter points out, the above image is a modernized version of the Arrow Cross of the Hungarian party of national socialism, which ruled that unfortunate land in 1944-45.
It’s worth noting that this rotating swastika-like look has appealed to the Indo-European mind for thousands of years. So the Open Borders boys are just part of a long skein, vastly predating Hitler, of guys who thought it looks cool. 
Before 1871, this image was known in Europe by its Greek name gammadion. But, with the advance in scholarship into the roots of the Indo-European family of languages that had been kicked off by the great philologist Sir William Jones in a 1786 address in Calcutta, the ancient Sanskrit word svastika became more popular in the West.
By the way, Jones was the first to propose an ancient Aryan invasion of India, an idea that remains controversial. Yet, Jones’ notion of prehistoric Proto-Indo-European-speaking steppe warriors conquering India and Europe elegantly accounts for much about the linguistic and cultural history of the western two-thirds of Eurasia. (In 2010, Cochran and Harpending updated Jones’ concept by suggesting that a genetic mutation offering lactose tolerance may have given the Proto-Indo-European people their competitive edge in warfare. And here’s Razib Khan’s post explaining the very latest genetic study of the Aryan invasion of India. The invaders of India seem to have the most in common ancestrally with “Georgians and other Caucasians,” such as, say, Chechens.)
This Aryan Invasion theory was particularly admired in the first half of the 20th Century, leading Persia to change its name to Iran, and helping inspire Hitler’s dreams of conquering much of the world: thus, his choice of the svastika as the symbol of his ambitions. (By the way, is the ancient svastika a reference to the rotating spokes of the wheels of the horse-drawn carts that gave the Aryan invaders such a huge military advantage in mobility? Sounds plausible, but most obvious-sounding etymologies turn out to be completely wrong.)
As we all know, however, Hitlerism was caused by Sir Francis Galton and other Darwinists / eugenicists / evolutionary theorists / statisticians. (Of course, St. Charles of Darwin was wholly untainted by his cousin’s ideas). 
But, why isn’t linguistics and archaeology also tarred by Nazism? Clearly, Hitler’s artistic side was immensely influenced by the study of languages that led to Jones’ theory of Aryan conquest. So why aren’t linguists today constantly denounced for their role in causing the Holocaust in the same way that, say, IQ researchers are denounced?
Granted, Jones was a giant of British empiricism, but then so was Galton. Today’s molders of the conventional wisdom about who was responsible for Hitler seem to find Galton’s central place in the British tradition to be more of a feature than a bug. 
So, Jones’ time on the pyre may come, too. A future Stephen Jay Gould may be even now working on his prose style, with the goal of demonizing the study of languages. After all, Sir William Jones recognized patterns, and what’s more evil than pattern recognition?
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One proposed logo that wasn’t deported when the Open Borders Logo contest closed its borders is this one showing how open borders will make us all like Siamese Twins with only one brain for every two bodies, so you won’t have to do anymore of that pesky thinking for yourself.

It’s also interesting how many of the (sincere) Open Borders logos are, like this one, stillborn swastikas. The Rotating Juggernaut of Doom look is highly attractive to the ideological male mind, no matter what conceits it chooses to publicly endorse.

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Over at the Open Borders logo contest on Facebook, the organizers have had to close their borders because all the cleverest logos were being submitted by satirists. It’s almost as if human beings are happier when their communities are allowed to regulate who is allowed in …

Here’s a recent entry that was, apparently, sincere enough to avoid being deported.

Bryan Caplan 

I think it would be really cool if someone could incorporate the familiar hue and texture of a green traffic light into the design. It’s the international symbol of “You’re free to go,” after all.

Alexandria Fraga 

Gave the traffic light suggestion a shot. 

Or, then again, this may be yet another reductio ad absurdum — Let’s use Open Borders to spread Mexico City-style driving to the whole world! — that the Open Borders boys are too naive to notice.
Another subversive Open Borders logo that hasn’t yet been rounded up by La Migra and kicked out of the contest page due to the sponsors’ terminal unworldliness is:
Trust me, you do not want to look up the photographic original for this adaptation of a disgusting meme.
Previous (intentionally or unintentionally) ironic Open Borders logos are archived here.

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To promote increased immigration and lower wages, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has come up with this terrifying logo:
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The Open Borders movement is looking for a logo, so here’s one that would help them get the impact of Open Borders across vividly:
C’mon, Open Borders guys, you always feel as if the media, while sympathetic, doesn’t give you enough attention. By encapsulating one obvious effect Open Borders would have (the extinction of the Jewish State), this logo would get your message lots of attention.

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MissingMy Manners explains a new entry in the Open Borders logo contest:

This one symbolizes all the wonderful global diversity that would accrue from open borders.

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Harry Baldwin’s suggestion for the Open Borders Movement’s logo contest.

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On the Facebook page for the Open Borders logo contest, Leroy Krune submits:

This is my first attempt at a logo, it represents the spirit of open borders, with new people of color who are happy and work together and the dying older people who are angry and selfish. 

I am going to make another one because I was worried that this one was too complicated for people to copy on a sign.

Here is my other idea, which is more simple and inviting…it shows a house with an open door, because open borders is about inviting in your neighbors, and the person upstairs is excited to meet new friends.

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Submitted by Andres Roca at the Open Borders logo contest Facebook page.

Song titles from the Kurt Cobain catalog appropriate for the Open Borders Movement:

“Come As You Are”
“All Apologies”
“Rape Me”

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The Open Borders folks are offering $200 to anybody who comes up with a simple logo that could be easily reproduced on a white sheet to express the essence of their movement. 

I came up with a quite simple logo yesterday, but one of my anonymous commenters tops that with the perfect suggestion: an image with a universal message yet won’t tax the artistic talents of even the most talentless Open Borders fanatic: don’t put anything on the white sheet
An example in action:
If you want to get fancy, you can trim your white flag into the shape of the contiguous 48 states of the USA:
But, why bother? 
As a palate-cleanser, here’s Black Flag performing their early 1980s song about the effects of opening borders (lyrics here):
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Bryan Caplan and his friends at Open Borders are sponsoring a logo contest:

The Open Borders movement seeks a symbol that embodies the spirit of free migration. To achieve that goal, we are sponsoring a logo contest. The winner of this contest will get $200 and their design will become the official logo of the Open Borders web site. 

The goal: Create a simple logo, like the peace sign, that represents free migration. 

How to enter: Go to the Open Borders Logo Contest Facebook page and post your image. Join the group and send me a message so I can add you. Then, you can post. 

The criteria for selection: We seek something that is simple and powerful. Think of an image that a person with little artistic skill could paint on a sign or banner. 

Who will choose the winner: The Open Borders website editors and the contest sponsors (Bryan Caplan and myself). 

Here’s my entry:

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President Bush’s pollster Matthew Dowd, who was the chief strategist for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign and is now the senior adviser to the Republican National Committee, writes in a New York Times op-ed called The Mexican Evolution [August 1, 2005] that the illegal immigration problem is solving itself.

Why? Because, in effect, the world will soon run out of Mexicans. According to Dowd’s crystal ball, all those Americans who are now worrying their pretty little heads about illegal immigration are in for a political come-uppance. Real Soon Now.

Are you listening, Tom Tancredo?

Dowd claims:

And as these trends become more apparent to the public,politicians running on an anti-Mexican-immigrant platform will be seen as out of step… But legislators and government agencies should spend more time and resources addressing the problems of immigrants already here and our direct security needs, and much less time on prescriptive laws aimed at stemming illegal immigration from Mexico. We should be aware of the historic transformations occurring in Mexican society so that we aren’t fighting a war that is already ending.

Dowd advises us all to just lie back and enjoy illegal immigration for 20 more years, and then it will go away.

Obviously, he wants us to ignore the damage illegal immigration will do to America between now and 2025, and how much trouble all theillegals who get in between now and then will continue to wreak after 2025. (Currently, almost ten percent of all births within our borders are to illegal aliens, and who knows what that fraction will be in 2025 …)

So, what evidence does Dowd muster even just for his theory that illegal immigration will wither away like the state in Karl Marx’s utopia? He writes:

But chances are that there will be a substantial decrease in illegal immigration from Mexico in the next 20 years,and it won’t be because of civilian border patrols, lawsbeing passed, pronouncements by politicians, or as somewould like, “building a wall on the border.” Instead, the cause will be demographic trends within Mexico itself, trends that have been largely ignored in the debate overimmigration.

Mexico’s population growth rate has dropped by more than 50 percent during the last five decades, according tothe United Nations. The annual growth rate has declinedfrom approximately 3 percent in 1960 to 1.3 percenttoday. And it is expected to continue to fall in the first decades of the 21st century; by 2050, the United Nations predicts, the rate will be negative. The fertility rate in Mexico has had a corresponding significant drop, from 6.9 children per woman in 1955 to 2.5 today.

The population growth rate of Mexico is now only slightlyhigher than that of Canada, where recent data shows it to be 1 percent. Twenty-five years ago, Mexico had a growth rate more than twice that of Canada…

Uh, Matt, allow me to remind you that a big reason Mexico’s population growth rate has dropped to “only” 30 percent higher than Canada’s is because of the on going massive emigration from Mexico to the U.S. Close to one-fifth of all people of Mexican descent in theworld now live in the U.S.

(Also, Canada’s population growth rate is fairly substantial because its Liberal government has a pedal-to-the-metal legal immigration policy in order to manufacture more Liberal voters, an analogy that Mr. Dowd should ponder before advising the Republican National Committee to open our borders even wider.)

Even despite Mexico’s high emigration rate, the U.S. Census Bureau’s latest official estimate is that the population in Mexico will grow from 106 million today to 148 million in 2050. That’s an increment of another 42 million … not to mention the tens of millions of extra Mexicans who will be living in our country at mid-century if the current non-enforcement of the laws continues.

Why is there such a difference between the rosy picture of Mexican population growth that Dowd paints using dabs of data and the alarming picture projected by our Census Bureau? Because Dowd isconveniently ignoring what demographers call “populationmomentum.” “A population will typically grow for 50-60 years after reaching replacement level fertility,” and Mexico hasn’t even reached that birthrate yet.

“Population momentum” is a little complicated to explain, but try thinking of it from a grandparent’s perspective. Imagine two neighborscomparing notes on who has more grandchildren. The one who lives on the north side of the street says, “My children each have two children in their families.”

The neighbor who lives on the south side of the street replies, “So do mine.”

The northern neighbor says, “Then you must have four grandchildren, just like me.”

The southern neighbor laughs, “No, I have eight grandchildren! See, you only had two children, so you have four grandchildren. But I had four children, so I have eight grandchildren.”

(No doubt he would be too discreet to point out this means his less fecund neighbor is subsidizing his progeny via taxes.)

In America, the white total fertility rate (babies per woman lifetime)dropped below the replacement rate of 2.1 by 1972, over three decades ago, so the white population has almost stabilized by now. In Mexico, however, the total fertility rate was 6.82 in 1970, 5.30 in 1980 and 3.61 in 1990, so there are a whole lot of Mexican women between ages 15 and 35 who are still having children. Even if they only have the replacement rate each, the total Mexican population will continue to rise for decades.

Dowd’s commitment to telling us only the cold-hard facts can be judged from this gem in his op-ed:

Studies have shown that as the population growth rate incountries worldwide slows, migration drops. This isespecially true for an expanding economy like Mexico – in one telling statistic, youth unemployment there dropped to 4.1 percent in 2001 from 9.6 percent in 1995.

Sure, Matt, there’s no statistic in the world more trustworthy than the Mexican government’s youth unemployment rate from four years ago! In contrast to Dowd’s credulity, the CIA World Factbook can’t force itself to report the Mexican government’s official overall unemployment figure with a straight face, feeling the need to add itsown scientific wild-ass guess to the absurdly low official number:

“Mexico: 3.2% plus underemployment of perhaps 25% (2004 est.)”

Anyway, if Mexican population growth is decelerating so fast and the “expanding” Mexican economy is providing employment for 96percent of all Mexican youths, Matt, then how come migration from Mexico hasn’t been slowing down like those “studies” of yours say it should?

A reader comments:

“Dowd’s own data runs in the opposite direction of his theory. When the Mexican birth rate was so much higher in 1960 we got far less immigration (illegal & otherwise) from Mexico. The Mexican birth rate continues to fall yetemigration continues to rise… Kind of a problem for atheory when your numbers run 180 degrees in the opposite direction.”

Well, yes – but it’s only a problem if you think of a “theory” as an aid in making more correct predications about the real world. In contrast,establishment Republicans (along with postmodern feminist literary critics, real estate salesmen and so many others these days) conceive of a “theory” merely as something that makes you feel better … temporarily.

The unfortunate truth is that Mexico has not been closing the prosperity gap with America. The OECD reports, with bureaucratic understatement, “Convergence in GDP per capita is a long way off.” Back in 1970, Mexico’s per capita GDP was 29 percent ofAmerica’s. At the peak of the Mexican oil boom in 1980, it was 36 percent. Today, however, it is only 25 percent.

That’s because “annual growth in GDP per capita is stagnating” in Mexico, according to the OECD, rising an average of only 0.1 percent per year over 1994-2003. A major reason for Mexico’s poverty, argues the OECD, is the lack of focus on education by the government and people: only 21 percent of Mexico’s 25-34 year olds have “upper secondary educations,” versus about 75 percent in the FirstWorld OECD countries.

Indeed, it appears that some people are migrating from Mexico to America in order to have more children than they could afford to have back in Mexico.

In the United States in 2003, the official total fertility rate (projected babies per lifetime) of Hispanic women was 2.8, up from 2.7 in 2002. That’s higher than in Mexico. (By the way, 45% of births to Hispanic women in America were illegitimate.)

The 2003 total fertility rate for women of specifically Mexican descent in the U.S. hasn’t been released yet, but it typically runs a little higher than the overall Hispanic rate. It’s probably almost 3.0.

According to the federal government’s National Vital Statistics Report:

“In 2003 only the total fertility rate (“TFR”) for Hispanicwoman exceeded the level of “replacement“ (2,100births per 1,000 women), the rate at which a givengeneration can exactly replace itself. The TFRs for theremaining groups (non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, AIAN, and API women) were below replacement.”

As if this deception was not enough, the Disingenuous Dowd is sidestepping the crucial fact that the Mexican border is becoming a prime conduit for “OTM” (“Other-Than-Mexico“) illegal immigrants, such as the swelling number of Brazilian illegal immigrants.

As I pointed out a few weeks ago in my VDARE.com essay “The Five Billion:”

“In reality, almost five billion people (4,976 million to beprecise) live in countries where the average per capitagross domestic product is lower than Mexico’s mean of $9,600. (These numbers are from the CIA World Factbook, and are calculated in terms of purchasing power parity.)”

To take one example of a nation that could start sending us large numbers of illegal immigrants in the future, Nigeria currently has a population of 129 million with a GDP per capita of $1,000 annually. With Nigeria’s current total fertility rate being 5.4 babies per woman,the Census Bureau projects that Nigeria’s population will reach 357 million by mid-century. If they were allowed to follow the Mexican example, 70 million of them would be living here.

So, it is past time to crack down on illegal immigration, including doing what the Israel, the European Union, and India have all been doing lately: building a fence along the border to keep illegal intruders out. It is time to start thinking precisely – and honestly – about the situation.

[Steve Sailer [email him] is founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute and movie critic for The American Conservative. His website www.iSteve.blogspot.com features his daily blog.]

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