2014 February 08 Saturday
Clueless George Will: Thinks 500M Americans Will Be Working

Check out this debate between George Will and Laura Ingraham about immigration. George Will doesn't think the existing lower class and waves of low skilled immigrants will all have jobs a few decades hence.

WILL: When, in the lives of our children and grandchildren, there are 500 million Americans, they’re all going to be working! Because we’re gonna have economic dynamism, aided by immigration

In an era of which features a very long sustained decline in labor market participation, shrinking middle class, declining median household income, increasingly dysfunctional lower classes and the populace's loss of the qualities that define American Exceptionalism George Will thinks we can benefit from mass immigration? What is this guy thinking?

Will is ignoring the implications of the rise of computer intelligence. Robots are the next big thing. A substantial fraction of the population won't be able to do anything more cost effectively than the same work done by robots and other automation systems.

Economic dynamism? No, we want higher living standards. What is even worse: Some immigration proponents recognize the coming wave of massive job demand destruction due to robots and yet remain pro-immigration. Do they want an average wage of $1 per hour? What is their end goal?

The Wall Street Journal wing of the Republican Party is the enemy of the large majority of the American people of every race.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2014 February 08 10:17 AM 

destructure said at February 9, 2014 3:01 PM:

"WILL: When, in the lives of our children and grandchildren, there are 500 million Americans, they’re all going to be working! Because we’re gonna have economic dynamism, aided by immigration."

I had a friend in college who was what I call a "politically correct conservative" and huge fan of George Will. The guy was absolutely clueless. Of course, he was raised upper middle class. I've noticed those type are often the most clueless -- whether liberal or conservative -- because they've been sheltered from birth.

"Do they want an average wage of $1 per hour? What is their end goal?"

Their only goal is their own personal enrichment and the nation be damned. Personally, I think the "masters of the universe" types want to establish global corporate empires. Breaking down borders, trade barriers and national sovereignty is part of it. They're homegrown nabobs.

Daniel said at February 9, 2014 4:07 PM:

500 million Americans (and why should it stop at 500 million. If 500 million is so good, then 1 billion, 2 billion are even better).

Goodbye forest, meadow, desert, unmarred coastline, accessible water, natural solace of any kind.. Goodbye cougar, bear, wolf, trout.....Goodbye agricultural bounty. Oh, but we will have high speed, on demand video and the execrable content to be pumped through it. What more can man want?

Wolf-Dog said at February 9, 2014 6:47 PM:

Robots can take care of all the unemployable people in the world, provided that a new and abundant source of energy is developed to feed these machines. With abundant energy, the robots can even extract all the rarefied and depleted mineral reserves under the sea. This abundant energy source must be found, but thorium reactors are a very good candidate, for the technology is well understood and some working prototypes are already developed after World War II, but these were abandoned in favor of the more cumbersome and highly inefficient and dirty uranium reactors.

Here is Flibe Energy CEO Kirk Sorensen's lecture about thorium reactors:




RD said at February 9, 2014 11:12 PM:

WILL: When, in the lives of our children and grandchildren, there are 500 million Americans, they’re all going to be working! Because we’re gonna have economic dynamism, aided by immigration.

As the late Lawrence Auster wrote:

Mass immigration, especially culturally diverse mass immigration, creates turmoil and disruption, but that’s not necessarily the same thing as dynamism. Was America not dynamic from the early 1920s to the mid 1960s, when immigration was low and largely restricted to Northern Europeans? Is not Japan—with no immigration at all—one of the most dynamic and confident societies on earth?

... Sustained vitality—as distinct from the overheated frenzy of a society that expands like a balloon until it explodes—requires demographic and cultural stability, strong self-supporting families, abiding moral traditions, and the values that lead to productive enterprise. A culturally fragmented, ethnically conflicted, demoralized, low-skilled, Third-World America won’t be dynamic. As political scientist James Kurth has pointed out, the most dynamic nations in this new century will be those that maintain their internal cultural cohesion, and thus their ability to be effective actors on the world stage. The societies that become multicultural, ceasing to be nations, will find themselves unable to act in a coherent fashion, and will join the ranks of the “acted-upon.”

In light of Kurth’s analysis, it is an amazing irony that the people who are most desirous of maintaining and expanding America’s role as a global hegemon—namely the neoconservatives—support immigration policies that are turning America into a self-conflicted, multicultural hodgepodge.

Huddled Clichés: Exposing the Fraudulent Arguments That Have Opened America’s Borders to the World

Daniel said at February 10, 2014 12:55 AM:

Data point.


NY Times story reports that only 6% of NYC cab drivers are native born Americans. As recently as 1980 (when I was driving a cab) the statistic was 62% of cab drivers were American born. What has happened to the native born American driver, the Times wonders. Well, they have been driven out by immigrants. The job was never easy or lucrative but when I drove you could get by. As time went on I noticed that that I earned less and that I had to put in more time for "shape up" (often 2 hours per day) just to get a cab. Got to a point where I couldn't handle it anymore. I was squeezed out.

Now, where did all those American cabdrivers and their would-be American replacements go? The Times (and the neo-cons) will assure us that they found better opportunities, that they abandoned cab driving for something more remunerative and fulfilling. They are surely now working as financial analysts, lawyers, marketing professionals, software engineers, etc.. Yeah, right.

American people: you are hated by the elite. Their contempt of you is so profound that they will seed to destroy the livelihood of the weakest and most vulnerable of us. Understand that first.

Black Death said at February 10, 2014 9:58 AM:

George Will is blind to the real facts of immigration. The WSJ editorial to which he and Ingraham refer points out correctly that, in the last election, Romney got 59% of the white vote but only 24% of the Hispanic vote. That's bad enough, but the editorial ignores that, according to the US Census Bureau, the percentage of the white vote has declined from 79.2% in 1996 to 71.1% in 2012, while the Hispanic vote has grown from 6.1% to 10.8% in that same period; this may have something to do with the fact that the Republicans have lost the popular vote in six of the last seven presidential elections. As Ann Coulter and others have pointed out, since the end of the Civil War, immigrants have voted overwhelmingly for the Democrats. Will, the WSJ, and others like them, are selling out the American people in return for support from the big money, corporate, cheap labor interests.

JS said at February 10, 2014 10:29 AM:

What is this guy thinking?

He's thinking they won't let him on TV if he doesn't participate in genocide against his own people; see Quisling.

secretlybillmurray said at February 10, 2014 4:23 PM:

If whites want to survive as a majority (regardless of whether that would be a good or a bad thing) they will have to become radicalized.

JS said at February 11, 2014 8:25 AM:

Will isn't blind, and the Republican Party isn't stupid - they're crooks. It doesn't get any more blatant than this pimping for no borders from George Will. He's a good representative of the conservative establishment and the Republican Party - totally disloyal to the nation and Western civilization, filled with contempt and hatred for their middle class and below supporters, and just in it for the money. Will literally works for his alleged political enemies, what do you expect, that he's going to buck them on their favorite program - eliminating white America? It a sign of the impotence of conservatism and the power of the cultural hegemony of the political left that someone like him, someone who gets his thirty pieces of silver from the enemy, is taken seriously.

WILL: You’re arguing the zero-sum game

I suppose it has never occurred to him that putting a permanent left-winged government, or worse a corrupt third-world government, into power won't do much for the economy. Of course it has, he just doesn't care. He can only argue about zero-sum in a world where we are forced to pretend that Somalians and Guatemalans have just as much economic potential as the Europeans they are replacing. Pretending that is what he and his conservative ilk are paid for, it's what they trade to the culturally dominant liberal system in order to make a buck themselves and to be able to service their rich clientèle.

Mark Power said at February 11, 2014 10:02 AM:

Maybe white Americans deserve to be replaced. They created and embraced the welfare/warfare state. I have no problem living as a single man with money in a Brazil-like country. Fun times; enjoy the decline.

Mike Street Station said at February 11, 2014 10:11 AM:

Although I think over the course of his decades of punditry, George Will has been more right than wrong, but on this he is crazily, stupidly wrong. Low skilled jobs are going away, heck even high skilled jobs are going away. On Fareed Zakaria's show this Sunday he had some guys on promoting a book with the thesis that technology is not just threatening low skilled workers, but high skilled workers. They used the example of tax preparation software, that has put a quarter of CPA's out of business.

Even if we stopped all immigration, we face a future of millions of unemployed and unemployable people, regardless of IQ or education.

Daniel said at February 11, 2014 11:31 AM:

@ Mark Power

>>I have no problem living as a single man with money in a Brazil-like country.

See, the left has one. They have induced you to revel in your own degradation. You are celebrating the extinction of your own blood line.

destructure said at February 11, 2014 5:24 PM:

WILL: You’re arguing the zero-sum game

Wealth redistribution IS a zero-sum game.

destructure said at February 11, 2014 5:46 PM:

Mark Power -- "I have no problem living as a single man with money in a Brazil-like country. Fun times"

Brazilians have an annual per capita income of around $11K and one of the highest crime rates in the world. That doesn't sound very fun.

aandrews said at February 12, 2014 8:35 AM:

[ParaPundit comments: Next time you copy an entire copyrighted story into the comments I will delete your entire comment. Learn to use a href. I fixed it.

Note this is an old story. I'm sure the situation has improved.


AO PAULO, Brazil -- Michael Klein, a 52-year-old executive known as the Home Appliance King, switched off the lights in his cavernous office, took a private elevator to the gusty rooftop of his fortress-like corporate headquarters here and caught his evening ride across town -- in a helicopter.

B. Gott said at February 13, 2014 6:13 PM:

"Even if we stopped all immigration, we face a future of millions of unemployed and unemployable people, regardless of IQ or education."

And we'll still have blacks.

jeff said at February 13, 2014 10:35 PM:

This is how you get a Pulitzer prize: by supporting the Anti-White agenda. George Will knows where is loyalty lies. And it ain't with us.

aandrews said at February 20, 2014 11:13 AM:


I hadn't noticed that I'd committed a misdemeanor of some sort or I'd've responded sooner.

I left the URL unlinked because it's a dead link. It's not even available through archive.org. The only reason I was able to find a copy is because I posted the entire article to American Renaissance's Yahoo discussion list several years ago, and it's still there and I have the link. I didn't post that link because ARlist is a closed group, requiring membership, which makes it cumbersome for casual perusal.

As to why I posted the whole thing, it's not that long really, I couldn't very well post only snippets, and I've never come across a better rejoinder to the widely encountered sentiment that an eventual Brazil-like United States will constitute a happy glorious future. A previous commenter had remarked that he considered such a thing a big party for the rich. The article paints a different interpretation.

That the source is the AmazonPost lends credibility to the story, indicating that it's not simply personal opinion. In other words, it's rather, to whatever degree, undeniable. That the story is copyrighted, I included the proper attribution and copyright notice. Too, posting it would also function as creating a repository for a heterodox article from the MSM itself that's been disappeared off the Net.

However, it's your blog and if you don't want it up, that's perfectly fine with me. I apologize abjectly for any inconvenience.

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