About that Anti-Freedom Culture

by Don Boudreaux on October 23, 2015

in Immigration

Here’s a letter to the Wall Street Journal:

Today’s “Notable & Quotable” reports that more than half of America’s college students oppose free speech on campus – which means that more than half of America’s college students are one small step away from opposing free speech everywhere.

Given this sad and scary fact, people who oppose immigration because they fear that immigrants infect America with cultural attitudes hostile to freedom ought to reconsider their position.  With most of America’s best and brightest already flirting with tyranny, new waves of opportunity-seeking immigrants are unlikely to make matters worse and might well supply a needed spur to protect freedom in the U.S. from its home-grown antagonists.

Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
Martha and Nelson Getchell Chair for the Study of Free Market Capitalism at the Mercatus Center
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

(About the intolerance of many of today’s American college students, see also Catherine Rampell’s column in today’s Washington Post.)


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