Two of which are Australia and the US. EG I wonder how the US would cope if suddenly there were no illegals to do the shitty jobs few Americans will do for such shit money.
Here in Oz some produce growers are having a problem because there are few backpackers to exploit due to Covid 19…
Yair, Australians have always had an ethnic group or race to hate:
When I was a gossoon, it was catlics vs proddies, then it was the Brits. Around the same time it was the Greeks, Italians, Maltese and anyone else who did not speak English. In the 1980’s it was the Vietnamese refugees. For 20 0dd years it’s been Muslims. My government has had a shameful policy of off shore detention ( sometimes for years) of refugees arriving by boat. This policy has bipartisan support and Joe Sixpack thinks it’s just fucking dandy.
As far as I’ve been able to tell, Xenophobia exists to some degree in most countries. I think it must once have had an evolutionary advantage.
They key phrase today is “controlled”. Pretty simple world you’d think. But in practice, it tends to be a matter of degree; let in everyone who wants to come, have a generous (?) quota, have niggardly quota (?) or close one’s borders. (you know, as the allied powers did to Jews at the beginning of WW2)
Ona pragmatic level, the arguments are economic and political. Some have merit, some do not. The more draconian the measures, the more the politicians appeal to the deep fears, prejudices and hatreds of their electorates.
I devised a simple test for the so-called bleeding heart liberal (assuming they answer truthfully) : “Are you willing for the have-nots to have more if that means you personally will have less?” If they answer is in the affirmative, ask fort specifics; how much less, or what?
Universal equity would I think mean the end of the middle classes, but arguably not the upper classes. I don’t say equality, Because I do not believe such a thing exist in human terms.
—It’s 0924 here. Now I’m off to wash my decking to prepare for oiling. After that, I’m still considering doing a clean install of my five year old iMac.