Posted by Nicholas Stix
John Derbyshire on Lowry-Kristol: Half a Cheer—But Count the Spoons!
By John Derbyshire
July 11, 2013, 12:51 p.m.
Many [Republicans] are in the camp that understands that more immigrants mean a bigger economic pie for everyone — that is, the conservative camp that is wedded to economic liberty. [Opening the borders for a richer nation, New York Post, July 10, 2013]
That is of course innumerate. It’s not the size of the pie that matters, it’s the size of the slices. As I have pointed out elsewhere, Bangladesh has a much bigger pie than Luxembourg. The key here: the arithmetic operation known to us math geeks as “division.” But don’t be looking to immigration romantics for numeracy.
[Read the whole thing here.]