Sunday, January 29, 2017
Trump bans a religion
Well, not quite but who cares when there's Lefty hay to be made. By the way, given that Trump is Literally Hitler, shouldn't refugees be screaming to go anywhere but the United States? Refugees should be pouring into Canada and Mexico right now, fleeing Trump's Waffen-SS.
There is the predictable amount of wailing and gnashing of teeth over Trump's latest Executive Order, which essentially bans travel to the U.S. under the visas of seven suspect countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
Iran has nuclear ambitions, a large espionage network, and a notoriously paranoid and reactionary government. Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan and Yemen are all in active civil wars and should frankly be quarantined while they sort out whether they are going to be viable states.
Sorry but the “Iraqi translators” and “Iranian grandmothers” and Somalian neurosurgeons don’t move me on this. These are low-trust countries with lots of casual brutality. If you leave here, go there, and then try and come back here I want it to be a real hassle, if not an outright ban.
"What if you have dual citizenship?," pleads Tyler Cowen, the injustice being that a U.S. citizen who happens to be named Rafsanjani, who happens to be Iranian, who happens to go back for visits, and who travels under an Iranian visa, might end up unable to return.
Of course, Tyler's particular problem shows not a problem with current policy but with how U.S. citizenship is rationed or, more accurately, not rationed. Citizenship is messy because it's not rationed economically. So introduce market incentives: you have to buy citizenship on the open market, or have it gifted to you by your parents. Or the other shareholders get to vote on whether to give you a slice of the pie, like they do in Switzerland. Then it would become apparent that the government inflates the supply of citizenship, and the category of “immigrant” would disappear, replaced by "owners," "guests" and "trespassers." In other words, citizenship is property or it is nothing.
"Citizenship" is another one of those areas where all the free market-economists get squishy.