The Great Wall of Texas

Our essay “The Great Wall of Texas: How the U.S. Is Repeating One of History’s Great Blunders — Today’s immigration debate has an eerie precedent in the mistakes that brought down great empires from Rome to Britain.” on TheAtlantic.com is up. I suspect it will be controversial, but maybe not in the way you might think. A sample:

The psychological impulse to protect a nation’s wealth and culture from foreign contamination is an example of what behavioral economists call “loss aversion” – the idea that people are more concerned about what they might forfeit than gain from change. History tells us that with great power comes great loss aversion.

One response to “The Great Wall of Texas

  1. Wonderful article. We need more of this open-minded and thoughtful perspective- instead of the populist rhetoric (from both sides of the aisle).

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