Re: immigration's effect on per capita GDP

2003-09-05 Thread Eric Crampton
I jaywalked a half dozen times on my way in to work this morning, and I'll do it again tonight [meaning I'm an incorrigible recidivist]. Moreover, hardly anybody here in Bonn jaywalks, but sometimes they do after they see me doing it [leading others into breaking the law]. Does my propensity to

Re: immigration's effect on per capita GDP

2003-09-05 Thread Barney Hamish
Given the anti-libertarian legislation passed by the American Government in recent times (e.g. DMCA, Patriot Act) and how happily the populace has gone along with this legislation I think an influx of immigrants from almost any country would help advance the libertarian cause. Hamish

Re: HEAVEN'S DOOR AFTER A YEAR - George J. Borjas

2003-09-05 Thread Bryan Caplan
alypius skinner wrote: Some reviewers also claimed that it was absurd to conclude, as I do, that the net economic benefits from immigration are small, probably less than $10 billion a year. This estimate comes from a simple application of the widely used textbook model of a competitive labor

Re: intellectual property

2003-09-05 Thread Steve Miller
Conversely, I could argue that all of the music I've ever downloaded from a P2P network was fair use, since it did not reduce royalties. Why? All I have to do is claim that I would have never purchased the music at the market price. on 9/5/03 3:08 PM, Steve Miller at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Re: HEAVEN'S DOOR AFTER A YEAR - George J. Borjas

2003-09-05 Thread Steve Miller
I seem to remember Bart and Lisa Simpson arguing over whether or not two wrongs make a right. BTW, Homer agrees with you. ;-) Call me naive, but I'm on Lisa's side. I guess that's where I'd ultimately disagree with Magneto, too. on 9/5/03 3:19 PM, Aschwin de Wolf at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

Re: HEAVEN'S DOOR AFTER A YEAR - George J. Borjas

2003-09-05 Thread Steve Miller
I would only pay the kid so far as he forced me to pay, and even then I would find a way to pay as little as possible. But I wouldn't deny my neighbor's right to own and maintain a lawn at his own expense. on 9/5/03 2:14 PM, alypius skinner at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: Because *we,* the

Re: HEAVEN'S DOOR AFTER A YEAR - George J. Borjas

2003-09-05 Thread alypius skinner
Perhaps even more fundamentally, if the Americans who pay the immigrants didn't benefit by paying the immigrants the Americans wouldn't pay them. Obviously both parties--American and immigrant--benefit from the exchange of money for labor. Sure *some* Americans benefit--just like some

Re: immigration's effect on per capita GDP

2003-09-05 Thread AdmrlLocke
In a message dated 9/4/03 11:03:22 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: No, this is a very serious point. Republican administrations are by objective measure MORE socialist. Fundamentally, conservatives in this country do not believe more in individual freedom than liberals. They repeatedly seek

Re: immigration's effect on per capita GDP

2003-09-05 Thread Steve Miller
That still avoids my distinction between rhetoric and policy. on 9/5/03 3:45 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote: In a message dated 9/4/03 11:03:22 PM, [EMAIL PROTECTED] writes: here I have to disagree with you Steve. :) The Republican party's ideology runs from classical

DMCA

2003-09-05 Thread Robert A. Book
I fail to see how the delineation and protection of property rights in the DMCA is in any way anti-Libertarian -- most laws seem to be a mixed bag, DMCA included, but the DMCA seemed to me to be a general move in the right direction -- could you (or someone) explain why the DMCA does more

Re: immigration's effect on per capita GDP

2003-09-05 Thread AdmrlLocke
Yes, an consciously so. While I think it's clear that Republicans generally push for much less government than Democrats do, I also think you're disinclined to accept what seems manifest to me, and since as you know I haven't slept much for the past 10 days, I don't have the energy to write a

Re: intellectual property

2003-09-05 Thread Steve Miller
Well, as Robert Book pointed out, there is a conflict between laws. The law says fair use, whatever that means exactly, but now the DMCA says not even that. Though the DMCA really only permits the prevention of fair use, I think. But anyway, it's a real stretch to call the current situation a