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The Great Wall of Texas

Our essay “The Great Wall of Texas: How the U.S. Is Repeating One of History’s Great Blunders —┬áToday’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.