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The following was posted to a forum discussion The economics of open borders on JohnQuiggin.com a forum discussion site managed by the Australian economist Professor John Quiggin of the University of Queensland. The post, which complained that two previous posts of mine had to await moderation, is also awaiting moderation.

The economics of open borders (21/12/16) is the latest of a sequence of articles in which John Quiggin has, in seeming conformity with the mainstream newsmedia, attempted to ridicule the now United States’ President-elect Donald Trump. The previous articles are Arguing against racism (30/10/16), Trump voters are Romney voters (6/11/16), There’s a lot of ruin in a country (11/11/16), The dog that didn’t bark (15/11/16), Trade after Trump (20/11/16), The economics of open borders (21/11/16).

At one point John Quiggin ruled that posts in support of Donald Trump could not be posted to the above discussions. They could only be posted to ‘the SandPit‘. As he explains, The Sandpit is “for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.”

For reasons unclear to me, my post of December 26th, 2016 at 16:16 was placed under moderation until yesterday (28 December) morning, so possibly some who may have been interested to read my post and respond have not done so.

The post ‘awaiting moderation’ follows:

In that post I cited two iconic environmentalists who were opposed to population growth in Australia and hence high immigration and open borders. They are David Attenborough and Judith Wright (1915-2000). Judith Wright is possibly better known for her poetry.

Another iconic historical figure who opposed population growth is black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929-1968). In May 1966, Martin Luther King (MLK) stated:

There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily available. Family planning, to relate population to world resources, is possible, practical and necessary. Unlike plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we possess.

What is lacking is not sufficient knowledge of the solution but universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem and education of the billions who are its victims.

Had the rate of immigration into the United States in 1966 been as high as it is in 2016, I have no doubt MLK would have also raised that in his speech.

Another post which was placed under moderation until yesterday morning is a post I made yesterday in response to J-D’s post of December 21st, 2016 at 06:48 about the revolutionary German anti-war campaigner Rosa Luxemburg, who was murdered by the Freikorps mercenaries on 15 Jan 1919.

For reasons unclear to me, my post of December 26th, 2016 at 16:16 was placed under moderation until yesterday (28 December) morning, so possibly some who may have been interested to read my post and respond have not done so.

In that post I cited two iconic environmentalists who were opposed to population growth in Australia and hence high immigration and open borders. They are David Attenborough and Judith Wright (1915-2000). Judith Wright is possibly better known for her poetry.

Another iconic historical figure who opposed population growth is black American civil rights leader Martin Luther King (1929-1968). In May 1966, Martin Luther King (MLK) stated:

There is no human circumstance more tragic than the persisting existence of a harmful condition for which a remedy is readily available. Family planning, to relate population to world resources, is possible, practical and necessary. Unlike plagues of the dark ages or contemporary diseases we do not yet understand, the modern plague of overpopulation is soluble by means we have discovered and with resources we possess.

What is lacking is not sufficient knowledge of the solution but universal consciousness of the gravity of the problem and education of the billions who are its victims.

Had the rate of immigration into the United States in 1966 been as high as it is in 2016, I have no doubt MLK would have also raised that in his speech.

Another post which was placed under moderation until yesterday morning is a post I made yesterday in response to J-D’s post of December 21st, 2016 at 06:48 about the revolutionary German anti-war campaigner Rosa Luxemburg, who was murdered by the Freikorps mercenaries on 15 Jan 1919.

 

 

 

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