The Elephant in the Room: Quality, not Quantity

Steve Sailer wrote a post in which he discusses a comment by Jim Manzi, in which the latter laid out some of the reasons why our society supposedly did so well immediately after WWII.

The one which Sailer focuses on is the one that is an “extremely explicit public policy choice” – immigration.

But I would guess that it’s not the amount of immigration which really mattered, but its quality. And lots and lots of quality immigration entered America just before, during, and after WWII for rather obvious reasons: Nazis, Nazis, Nazis.

Remember: Albert Einstein was an American. Perhaps not so much because he wished to be, but because he didn’t feel there were many options.

This probably has something to do with why Israel did so well at its beginning, too. Not so much now, though, it would seem.

Who wants to name the elephant in the room?

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3 Responses to “The Elephant in the Room: Quality, not Quantity”

  1. “lots and lots of quality immigration entered America just before, during, and after WWII”
    From what I recall from reading Nicholson Baker, America still put up a lot of immigration restrictions at that time, resulting in boats being sent back to be killed in the holocaust.

  2. That partisan divide however points to a more personal divide–between those states with high fertility rates and those with rates falling even below the replacement level.According to Sailer voters are picking their parties based on differing approaches to the most fundamentally important human activity having babies. The more kids whites have the more pro-Bush they get. Sailer focused upon Caucasian voters because these represent both the focus and the energy in the arguments over the red-blue division.

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