Message in a Bottle

Friday, May 28, 2004

Should we take Racism as given?

Alberto Alesina thinks we have to chose between liberal immigration policies and a extensive welfare state. I doubt that these things are simply given.
Project-Syndicate: Simply put, when middle-class Europeans begin to think that a good portion of the poor are recent immigrants, their ingrained belief in the virtue of the welfare state will begin to waver. Even Europe's leftist intelligentsia now associates crime and urban squalor with immigration. The step from here to lamenting the high taxes spent on welfare for immigrants is a but a short one.