Creative Destruction

April 12, 2006

Moving Forward on Immigration

Filed under: Current Events,Economics,International Politics — Robert @ 11:12 pm

Let's move forward on the immigration question. I submit that we should make it an item of national policy that we want to acquire the loyalty and citizenship of the world's brightest and most successful people.

Here's how we do it.

First, we index nations on their level of Western cultural attainment. (Britain is high. Russia is medium. Zimbabwe is low.) That index value would become the base score for immigrants. These numbers should range from 0 to 100. Why this ranking? Because people from Zimbabwe are hard to integrate and people from Britain are easy. We're cherry-picking here – and we're doing it to advance our national interest, not the interests of the people who are immigrating.

To that base score, add bonus points for high educational attainment, high economic attainment, and high scientific/cultural attainment. (25 points per category.) Add bonus points for youth and for number of children (5 points total) and a ten point bonus for English fluency. Have a discretionary 10 points that Congress can use to set priorities. (If you’ll enlist when you get here, we give you 5 points. If you’re a nuclear physicist, that’s worth a bonus 10. And so on.)

So you can have anywhere from 0 to 200 points. For maximum score, be a British millionaire PhD Nobel laureate, 28 years of age with 4 kids, and possessed of whatever skill or attribute is floating Congress' boat this year. Minimum score is to be a destitute Third Worlder with no education or skills, 70 years old, infertile.

Annually, globally rank every immigration applicant in an ordinal list. Ask Congress how many people to let in this year, X. Admit the first X people on the list.

(Lest the heartlessness quotient be too high, I do support a limited number of refugee/hardship admissions as well. Say, 10% of the total, divided among the countries of the globe on the basis of each nation's existing representation in our population and administered at the discretion of the State Department.)

Under this system, once the inevitable bugs are worked out, I'd support a high level of immigration – say, 4 million people per year, maybe more. They would more than pay for themselves, with their existing wealth and their existing skills and talents. Furthermore, their availability to US companies, and their own entrepreneurial activity, would accelerate our economy tremendously.



  1. This type of system will never see the light of day with our race – gender – culture warriors itching to knock down your racist, oppressive, imperialist eugenic vision. How dare you actually make a judgement between Zimbabwe and Britain? Also, why would you want to perpetuate a racist and classist society when the wonders and beauty of the cultures within Zimbabwe can be shared by us all and enrich us by increasing the diversity within our society. We have much to learn from the people of Zimbabwe and there are already too many Western imperialists in our midst and they are the most destructive demographic that have walked the Earth throughout all of history.

    I also find it repugnant that you are favoring the priviledged peoples of the world who have attained levels of education that most people can only dream of possessing. You are a tool of oppression by seeking to reward those educated people who have attained their status by raping the wealth from the oppressed people of their homelands. Further your eugenic message stinks to high heaven for you seek to entice only young people who are capable of breeding and completely dismiss the inherent human value of the aged – they have much to offer our society and their value as people is not diminished in the least by having already lived 70 years. They would be valuable memebers of our society by volunteering their services to our medical practitioners and allowing our doctors to sharpen their skills by providing medical care.

    Your English language stridency is as equally repulsive as the other parts of your hate-filled agenda. Your cultural imperialacy seems to know no bounds. Don’t you know that Americans are known around the world for wanting everyone to speak English to them – and here you want to even impose that control on people who are willing to come to our country and help expose us to the beauty of living in a polyglot culture. You don’t speak for all Americans, you culturalist imperialist who has a closed mind about the beauty of multiculturalism. Why I go to many ethnic restaurants and my live is very enriched by their presence. Who wants to eat hamburgers and English gruel all of their lives?

    [end paraody]

    Comment by TangoMan — April 13, 2006 @ 12:34 am | Reply

  2. OK, I’m expelling TangoMan’s multi-culti alter ego in my capacity as king, and adding one to the number of new immigrants.

    There, problem solved.

    Comment by bobhayes — April 13, 2006 @ 12:36 am | Reply

  3. You give a bonus for *more* kids? Where do you live, that you think the country is too uncrowded? North Dakota? So you want bigger traffic jams, longer lines at every National Park, etc.? For economic reasons I agree that we don’t want a declining population like some European countries have, but thanks to mass immigration we have a fast-rising population, and polls show most people would rather less crowding rather than more.

    Comment by Mark Antwerp — April 13, 2006 @ 12:29 pm | Reply

  4. I give a bonus for a natalist philosophy, and for the presumable existence within the immigrant family of a pro-child approach to life. We’re trying to bring in great people – the kids of great people are, generally, also great people.

    Comment by Robert — April 13, 2006 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

  5. I give a bonus for a natalist philosophy, and for the presumable existence within the immigrant family of a pro-child approach to life

    You really should post this in a diary on DKos and get all the Leftists riled up. Every single criticism I leveled at you in my parody was something that was fired at me in the past, no exageration – the best one was the restaurants line (the sophisticate thought our lives would be poorer without the rich variety of ethnic food – that was what he saw as multiculturalism). Also, I’m sure that you could mine all sorts of nuggets from the criticism that would flow – see here for an example.

    Speaking of natalist policies you should see the Social Security reform I’ve been working on for the past few years. I’m running parts of it through econometric models right now but the center of the reform is to abandon income derived taxation metrics and replace them with progeny-based metrics. Liberals will hate it.

    However, to be fair, I’m also working on a health care reform that conservatives will hate because the key plank of the reform is universal coverage with single payer but there’s enough in there for liberals to hate too.

    The reason I bring up these two reforms is that they, like your immigration policy, are sustainable without requiring external outputs. With our current immigration policy we are importing poverty and even the most generous liberal interpretation of social mobility grants that it takes generations for descendents to cross the income quintiles. The children of our current crop of illegals aren’t doing so hot in school and their upward mobility in hindered. With your policy the immigrants would be arriving with a greater stock of social capital and would actually be making positive financial contributions to our society rather than drawing upon the taxpayers. With your policy we also get a bonus in that the natalism is encouraged and this cuts down on our need to import even more people in the future.

    Comment by TangoMan — April 13, 2006 @ 7:54 pm | Reply

  6. Every single criticism I leveled at you in my parody was something that was fired at me in the past, no exageration

    For the record, if you had posted that with a different name and without the [end paraody], I’d probably have thought that it was for real. Quite standard multicultist fare…

    Comment by Tuomas — April 14, 2006 @ 12:42 am | Reply

  7. Tuomas,

    On the off-chance that you’re not aware of Ihmissuhteet I thought you might find it to be of interest. He’s a regular linker to my blog.

    Comment by TangoMan — April 14, 2006 @ 2:58 am | Reply

  8. I wasn’t, at least I don’t remember I was. I rarely read Finnish blogosphere (hey, I’m a blog-addict enough already, no more blogs, please), but I do make sure to check out every newest essay by Jussi Halla-aho. Who is, simply put, excellent.

    Comment by Tuomas — April 14, 2006 @ 3:27 am | Reply

  9. Robert, your proposal would have been very well-received by previous generations of natalists. Since it’s entirely subjective, it can be easily jiggered to keep out, oh, Jews. Or Chinese. (Screw Eastern cultural achievement! Western, did you hear me?)

    Comment by mythago — April 18, 2006 @ 12:24 am | Reply

  10. Last time I checked, we’re a Western nation and culture. Eastern cultural attainments are lovely, and to be respected, but they don’t make you a low-cost assimilation. Culturally British people make better citizens of a democracy than do culturally Chinese people. More practice at it, for one thing.

    Yes, it’s entirely subjective. Just like life! Subjective isn’t a curse word to me.

    Comment by bobhayes — April 18, 2006 @ 1:14 am | Reply

  11. Buon luogo, congratulazioni, il mio amico!

    (Edit: I’m not sure whether this is spam or not, so I munged the URL. — Daran)

    Comment by Azzurra — November 4, 2006 @ 10:51 pm | Reply

  12. Daran, I’d initially say that yes, it is spam.

    Comment by Off Colfax — November 5, 2006 @ 2:18 am | Reply

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