Ed Dodson resonding to a message from mid-September...
Erik Burns wrote:
i suspect the concept of borders is more about keeping people in than
keeping people out. keeping people out is just the more common consideration
at present. Europe, that most xenophobic of places, is now starting to mull
"importation" of people to make up for what it sees as a coming falloff in
population. they, of course, would like to control this immigration. we'll
Ed Dodson here:
A problem for modern social-democracies continues to be the inability to achieve
sustained full employment and by this means effectively end poverty. The safety
net benefits of the welfare state are, in one sense, a disincentive for the
so-called "native" population to accept employment at low wages and poor working
conditions. Businesses argue, therefore, that without the influx of people from
countries where conditions are considerably worse, many of the least desirable,
lowest paying jobs would go undone. In industries where salaries are high and
benefits good, native workers resent the importation of people with equal or
superior training from countires (e.g., India) because these foreign workers are
generally willing to accept much less compensation.
To add even greater complexity to the subject is the natural inclination of
people who complete 16 or 18 or 20 years of formal education to marry later and
have fewer or no children. The high cost of living in many European countries
has resulted in very low birth rates and rapidly aging populations. Either
native citizens need to be encouraged to work longer, the country needs to
provide incentives for people to have more children, greater investment must
occur in capital goods to replace the labor component of both goods production
and services, or the country must accept greater ethnic diversity. This, I am
sure most will agree, requires a degree of planning (social engineering?) that
is largely beyond the institutions of most societies.
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