Baker argued that Rand would see the industrious factory worker as more virtuous than a crony capitalist industrialist, and that valuing of work and productivity is a virtue that even Christians can admire in Rand’s thought.
The problem with rehabilitating Rand at this point in the course of human events isn’t that she was a militant atheist, a celebrant of narcissism, or any other of her manifestly evil qualities and positions. It’s that she doesn’t matter. Rand is an artifact of the industrial age, when Hank Rearden could smelt his steel with manly independence and grant himself delusions of standing apart from and above the world as a “maker.”
The economy of the 21st century looks increasingly likely to be an economy of service. Instead of “laboring and producing” his sustenance on this earth, man receives his goods from the machines that grow his food at astonishing efficiency, and produce his goods at previously unthinkable rates. What does he do with himself after that? Some on the left would like to grant him a basic income, an annual cash grant to every person to liberate him from the tyranny of necessity. Others on the right continue to labor under the idea of entrepreneurial production, whereby a man will pull himself up by his bootstraps by producing. Neither of these options are suited to an economy of service.
According to open immigration Objectivists such as Craig Biddle, Harry Binswanger and Diana Hsieh, a person should be free to emigrate from country A to country B as long as he doesn't have a criminal record, an infectious disease, and isn't a terrorist or a terrorist sympathizer.
I have a few questions.
1. In the modern age it's easy for anyone to come to the US. You can
hop on a plane and be here in 24 hours or less. If the US had open
immigration, what would its population be in ten, twenty, thirty years?
2. What are the potential negative effects, if any, of what might be the largest population transfer in human history?
3. What would happen to wage rates in the US if tens of millions of
low income workers arrive in a short period of time? Wouldn't it reduce
the wage rates of US citizens, in particular low skilled workers?
4. There are countries such as Greece and Israel which border much
more populous Islamic nations. Should they have open immigration? Will
the world be a better place when Greece becomes "Greekistan" and Israel
5. There are cities in Europe that are approaching 20% Islamic
population. Has this been good for Europe? Would Europe be better if
country after country eventually turned majority Islamic? Isn't this a
distinct possibility given the low birth rate of the natives and the
high birth rates of Moslems?
6. Is the creation of "no go" zones in major European cities related to immigration?
7. How should the US determine if a potential immigrant has a
criminal record? Do Afghanistan and Pakistan keep good records? Are
their officials in this area not subject to bribery?
8. How do we screen out potential terrorists? Assume someone from a
pro-Taliban region of Pakistan wants to come to the US. Explain the
process by which we determine if he is a terrorist or terrorist
9. California has become a one party leftist controlled state thanks
to immigration. Wouldn't this happen to every other state if the US
opened its southern border?
10. What would have prevented the Boston Massacre - restricting immigration or bombing Iran?