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Seattle Analytic Philosophy Club Message Board › Bertrand Russell on Immigration

Bertrand Russell on Immigration

George
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Raleigh, NC
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"In the economic sphere the old doctrine of laissez faire is not now held by any practical men, although a few dreamers still hanker after it. As the world grows fuller, regulation becomes more necessary. No doubt this is regrettable. The world of the Odyssey is attractive. One sails from island to island and always finds a lovely lady ready to receive one. But nowadays immigration quotas interfere with this sort of life. It was all very well for Odysseus, who was only one, but if a hundred million Chinese had descended upon Calypso's island, life would have become rather difficult. The broad rule is a simple one: that men should be free in what only concerns themselves, but that they should not be free when they are tempted to aggression against others. "

Russell, Bertrand. "An Autobiographical Epitome." Portraits from Memory. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1956
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