Buchanan vs. Bahnsen: Or Godzilla vs. Bambi
Bahnsen lobs some of the same tired rhetorical hand grenades employed by the usual suspects on the radical left. Sounding like a La Raza spokesflak, Bahnsen calls Buchanan "ignorant" and accuses him of fomenting a "misguided ideology that for many reeks of racism." (Forget for a moment that--you're going to be shocked--Bahnsen doesn't define "racism" nor provide a single example of Buchanan's sins in this regard.)
Buchanan's defense of immigration restriction "is logically consistent with his abhorent view of global economics, but that does not change the sheer horror of what he is truly advocating," says young Davie. "The notion that free global competition could hurt our own lazy abilities to sustain ourselves is pure and simple protectionism, and it is counter to all sound free market economics (not to mention that pesky 8th commandment many of us still believe in)."
Considering the out-and-out slander employed by Bahnsen, one wonders how seriously he takes the 9th Commandment.
So Davie believes that tariffs represent an attack on the 8th commandment. Unless he believes that all taxation is theft, this is a ridiculous and untenable position. Indeed, tariffs (taxes on the consumption of foreign goods) are infinitely preferable to taxes on income, property, or inheritance. Why would a business owner pony up taxes to pay for roads to transport goods, a legal system to enforce contracts, etc., when a foreign firm can import goods and be freed from similar costs? In effect, such policies discriminate against domestic producers and workers.
Meanwhile, real wages of Americans continue to fall precipitously. Part of the decline of working and middle-class standards of living is attributable to our insane immigration policy. For example, economist George Borjas estimates that immigration is responsible for half the decrease observed in the wages of high-school dropouts. Current immigration policy has become little more than tool to redistribute wealth, shifting resources from the poor to the wealthy without creating aggregate economic growth.
Furthermore, Bahnsen's "racially irrelevant" Christianity, which logically leads to an open-borders position, ultimately dilutes the ethnic core of the country and ultimately leads to the dissolution of a free economy. The Free Market, where Bahnsen burns incense, is not a mere abstraction, but necessarily exists within a social and institutional framework with essential preconditions and presuppositions that are quite obviously undermined by unconstrained "diversity." In short, mass immigration, the replacement of one people by another, necessarily undermines the cultural preconditions that make free markets possible.