Unless you have followed the Volokh Conspiracy blog for a few years now, you would not know just to what point Eugene Volokh is shoddy in the ways he has promoted his homosexuality agenda, along with many other unhealthy and harmful views about sexuality (including having been criticized for being a rape apologist more recently). Usually the other bloggers at his blog, when they blog about anything related to sexuality, are at the same harmful level.
So it was a surprise to see this article by Ilya Somin, whose posts, when I glance at them, seem to be either quite mediocre if they refer to politics or more liberal sexuality trash.
But here he did a good job: “Assessing immigration policy as if immigrants were people too.” Great title. And several of the comments are excellent. And one could follow up with a variation of the same: “Assessing immigration policy as if immigrant children had rights,” that is, as if the “Declaration of the Rights of the Child” wasn’t considered just a bunch of meaningless words gathering dust somewhere.
And we should all ponder a powerful quote that is credited to Elie Wiesel, the writer, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Holocaust survivor:
You who are so-called illegal aliens must know that no human being is ‘illegal’. That is a contradiction in terms. Human beings can be beautiful or more beautiful, they can be fat or skinny, they can be right or wrong, but illegal? How can a human being be illegal?
Says BCL: Coming from a Holocaust survivor who witnessed the worst in humanity, these words are extremely potent. This quote is the rallying cry for those of us who believe that the term “illegal alien,” or referring to human beings as “illegal,” is dangerously dehumanizing.
Among several good comments at VC, I also liked this one – which I had not seen before because it specifically addresses people who think of themselves as libertarians:
This is where the rubber meets the road for self described libertarians.
If your conception of freedom extends only to those who happen to fall out of their mother’s vagina on the same side of an invisible line as you then what claim do you really have to loving liberty?
Consequences matter. Even if you don’t have a duty to help prevent poverty and oppression, that does not mean that it is not an immoral choice not to prevent poverty and oppression when you can easily do so.
In any case, the person lives in poverty and oppression because FORCE was used against them. You are restricting not only the freedom of the immigrant, but also the freedom of your fellow citizens (like myself) who would like to do business with such immigrants.
And then, to top things off, we had this by David M. Nieporent – who is usually an asshat (3/3/2014 9:19 PM GMT+0100), but not this time:
Note to longtime WashingtonPost commenters new to the VC being exposed to an unfamiliar concept called “reading”…
“exposed to an unfamiliar concept called “reading”…”
LOL – nice one. It made me chuckle several times today.
Something in the water over at VC making some people actually write worthwhile commentary.