Thinking about and discussing intra-American ideological immigration—called “the Big Sort”—allows us to get deeper into the issue of foreign immigration, too—but without the screen of race the Left uses to avoid addressing the really important things.
The basis of Open Borders concept is what I’ve identified in the past as Universal Values: idea that all people everywhere want essentially the same thing—to make money and to have political freedom. It’s a post-Cold War delusion that’s based on a misreading of the Declaration.
We all know, deep down, that this is utter nonsense. People prioritize different things. Some want to be pious, some want to be honorable, etc.
A necessary product of Universal Values concept is, (1) since everyone is basically the same, all populations are interchangeable.
(2) Population change—or even a change in a static population’s ideology—will somehow never result in drastic change to the basic blueprint of western democracy and free market capitalism.
I’m not sure how anyone can believe it, but inertia/ideological obtuseness is a hell of a drug. Oh, you could be paid to say this by big companies who depend on cheap labor, etc.
One of the amazing things about Trump’s arrival in 2016 was, he knocked cracks in this consensus.
Yes, obviously, Blue States and Red States have completely different policies based on differences in how they see the relationship between citizen and government.
Their citizens vote for politicians who reflect their view. You could think of this as a local political culture.
It is the main responsibility of the governor or mayor to prioritize the citizens of their states. In addition to serving current (not potential) citizens, it means to reflect their political culture, and to ensure its continuity.
For low tax, high growth states like TX or FL, there are no tax or business incentives in the world that are worth risking changing the policies that made you attractive in the first place. It’s a red line.
DO NOT THINK that, when big Blue companies arrive, the hundreds or thousands of new, imported “foreign” labor will have a political awakening. If you think it’s that easy, you don’t take ideology or culture seriously.