July 26th, 2006


Ignorant of Economics?

Thomas Sowell shouldn't be thought of as ignorant of economics. Yet here it sure looks like it. Instead of an economic analysis of immigration (which indicates its mainly positive effect on the American economy), we have a rehash of all the old canards, Finally, it looks like he's aligned himself with people who are demagoging the issue without seriously proposing to understand it, and he's not doing even a decent job of being a demagogue. Orson Scott Card does better, but he's a professional author, and he's on the right side of the issue: unlike Dr. Sowell.

I'll settle for an answer to this question: "Dr. Sowell, unemployment is very low right now. What will the probable effects be of the removal of 11.5 million workers from the country on the GNP?" As a starting point, I'd suggest taking Alan Greenspan's statements to the Senate in 2003 and 2004 on immigration. You may reply when ready.

UPDATE: Saying that "studies don't produce knowledge" is a cheap shot when you don't point to problems in the study. Pew Hispanic center's study on the benefits of immigration was hardly the only one out there that showed positive effects of immmigration on the national economy. And you're dodging the question I asked. Try again. (It's in paragraph two.)