Pretty good post, Mat, but you debunk a meme that really doesn't seem to have very deep roots in recent decades. I remember from my own fifth grade (c. 1950) experience, while preparing for our Thanksgiving plays, some smartass kid saying, sotto voce so as not to upset the teacher, "Great, if you wasn't an Indian", which was not an unusual feeling for most of us to have. The myth of "good" Pilgrim was already eroding. The First Thanksgiving story has been well debunked by writers such as James Loewen many years ago.
On the other hand, there seems social value in those old stories that tell not how it WAS, but how it OUGHT to have been. Or maybe not. A well balanced essay on the question appears in the latest issue of In These Times by John Eicher (of whom I had never heard).
AIDS is no longer a death sentence in developed countries. It is now a treatable disease.
Both of my children were born with the excellent care of the Charleston Birth Place midwives. I appreciate The Charleston City Paper taking interest in this issue and helping our collective voice concerning birth choices to be heard.
AIDS seems to be prolonging Earvin "Magic" Johnson's life.
"A country that cannot feed itself cannot defend itself," Chalmers says.
Of course they have no intention of paying these workers who will be helping to feed us a livable wage. If they were going to do that they would hire citizens.
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Check out the new book, LIZARD MAN: THE TRUE STORY OF THE BISHOPVILLE MONSTER, which is an in-depth account of everything surrounding the famous Lizard Man case. More info here: http://www.lyleblackburn.com/lizardman
Wait, Clarkie, so is society's crumbling the fault of gay couples getting married or straight couples not getting married?
"The lawmaker's attorney has said Mitchell might be a sloppy bookkeeper, but he's no crook."
Isn't that exactly what they said of former Senater Ford?
Control of national borders is a legitimate use of tax revenues. Indeed, it's one of the primary functions of the US federal government.
As usual in the present iteration of our system, though, we've got two mostly useless ruling parties in place who pander to votes from various extremes - as a result a rational immigration policy is impossible.
I have pertinent and sensitive information for you, Chris Haire. It's good Jack Kunter "hall-file" (as we like to say in The Agency) material.
Let me know if you want it.
State borders would be a good place to start.
Destroy all borders.
Nationality is a disease of the mind.
David John Francis is clearly a troll/shill. Signed up today and posted c/p regressive echo chamber babble.
D Alessandro's pizza sucks now....
This is an issue that just rips the regressives apart....separating the bankstas from the bigots.
The problem with scaling agricultural "sustainability", is that there are far more people who want to talk about it in broad, romantic terms (or use the concept to generate media attention and celebrity) than actually give it a go. Most Americans aren't willing to live the way smallholders often do - that's why our farmland now contains plastic houses in the suburbs - and the ones that do are often happy enough feeding their own.
The actual proprietors of the small farm community were probably out working too hard to be interviewed for this article. Almost all of the families truly producing locally farmed food work other jobs to pay for their passion. They aren't especially interested in lots of money or fame, and don't really care if the rest of the world buys their lettuce from the same country as they get their t-shirts these days.
If 10% of the population learned to cook, stopped buying industrially processed foods, and didn't source meats and produce from grocery chains, then you'd have an explosion in local farming (and much lower health costs). You'd also have a quick lobby by corporate/government officials to regulate all of that in the name of safety and shut it down.
Undocumented immigration is one of the great effects of supply and demand free market capitalism. Which is why I get so confused when I see my ardent free market libertarian and conservative colleagues around here getting all worked up about illegals and demanding the creation of more government bureaucracy and spending. The market will sort it out friends.
A temporary worker program would be ok if it was properly managed. That last part is the most important part.
Biometric ID for foreign workers, a % of their wages held in escrow to be paid upon completion of their contract and either exit or renewal, forfeiture of said wages if convicted of serious crimes, clear non-eligibility for "social programs and benefits", etc.
Other countries do this. It's not hard.
I have a great idea, lets debauch and prostitute the citizenship of our great nation, in order to save a few cents on the price of fresh peaches. Won't those peaches taste good knowing that they are picked by illegal labor and you are saving a whole nickel or so on every one of them!!
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