Immigration Can Ease America’s Labor Shortage

– April 13, 2023

“We can — and should — offer ways to draw these domestic workers back into the American economy without casting aside the vast reservoir of immigrant workers awaiting their chance at a new life.” ~ Michael N. Peterson


Where Do The Savings Go?

– December 28, 2022

“As Henry Hazlitt reminds us, the art of economics consists not merely in looking at the effects on the most visible groups, but in tracing the effects on everyone.” ~ Art Carden


High Wages in Markets Are a Result Of – and a Reflection Of – High Worker Productivity

– April 6, 2022

“High wages are a result of – and a reflection of – high productivity. And so contrary to widespread fears of many protectionists, high-productivity workers have nothing to fear from competition with low-productivity workers.” ~ Donald J. Boudreaux


Immigration and the Open Society

– September 28, 2021

“Few of us would endorse the idea of marriages mandatorily arranged by parents for their kids. Why would we be happier with state paternalism deciding how society should be formed?” ~ Alberto Mingardi


New Jersey: Yet Another Reminder of How Good Americans Have It

– September 8, 2021

“At the very least it’s a reminder that a bad day in the United States is an amazing day most anywhere else. People are in love with what we dismiss. When we lament what’s spectacular we’re just acting spoiled.” ~ John Tamny


The Impracticality of Immigration Restrictions During a Pandemic

– August 20, 2021

“If we really want to increase legal immigration — as most would agree — we must ease the immigration process by signaling to potential arrivals not only that they can get in line, but that one exists in the first place.” ~ Michael N. Peterson


Give Hong Kong Residents a Path to Citizenship

– August 12, 2021

“In the face of authoritarian dictatorships such as the CCP and in the context of our complicated great power rivalry with China, taking in Hong Kong refugees is one of the few moves we can make to advance our interests peacefully.” ~ Ethan Yang


Covid’s Vindication of Free Movement

– April 8, 2021

“This pandemic is not ending because borders were sufficiently impenetrable. But it must be said that its effects have been mitigated because many of the most essential forms of capital continued to flow. If the free movement of people, goods, and ideas could pull the world out of one of its darkest chapters, there’s no telling what the same openness could yield during brighter days. And, hopefully, will.” ~ Peter C. Earle


Can the U.S. Economy Grow Without Immigration?

– March 9, 2021

“While immigration isn’t necessary for U.S. growth so long as the American people are free to exchange with the rest of the world, the rest of the world’s inhabitants would likely be more productive if they worked in the U.S. In short, prosperity made great by work divided globally would be quite a bit greater if more of the work was divided up by those people in the United States. That’s really something to think about.” ~ John Tamny


Voting with Your Feet

– February 9, 2021

“The essence of foot voting, like private-sector decisions, is that you decide. In my mind, this selection point is the strongest indication that foot-voting outperforms ballot-voting: with enough ranges of options available for potential movers, they can choose a package that best suits them.” ~ Joakim Book


Lady Liberty and the Golden Door

– December 23, 2020

“Nowrasteh and Powell have set the new terms of the debate on immigrants and institutions. Wretched Refuse? is the first book people should consult when asking about immigration policy. Maybe, then, immigration will become a development idea people are willing to try.” ~ Art Carden


Sanctuary Cities, Illegal Immigration, and Crime

– March 29, 2020

Sanctuary cities, and by extension immigration, are once again a locus of national controversy. There may be good arguments against sanctuary cities. But we haven’t heard any yet.