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Quotation of the Day…

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… is from my colleague Bryan Caplan’s recent EconLog post entitled “Krugman’s Cursory Case Against Open Borders [2]” (links original):

What the history of immigration restrictions shows, however, is that decent folk should nevertheless be deeply uncomfortable with democracy [3].  Why?  Because most voters are nationalists [4], and nationalist voters consistently do to foreigners what low-income voters almost never do to the rich: Strip them en masse of their basic rights to work, reside, and travel.  Why?  For the flimsiest of reasons.  Flimsy reasons like: Trapping millions of foreigners in dire poverty and bloody repression probably makes our safety net somewhat stronger.