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the two eras of US immigration policy

Immigration policy in the US can be very broadly broken down into two eras, demarcated roughly by the turn of the twentieth century, and distinguished by the state’s orientation towards immigration restriction. The first period, which stretches back to the colonial era, oversaw a generally open reg…

—p.14 The Case for Open Borders (7) missing author
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all workers benefit when migrants are protected

[...] whatever native workers may fear about the intensified competition from new entrants to the labor market, with regard to the rights of the immigrants who enter the US, all workers benefit when those new workers are protected from employer despotism. Defending the rights of labor depends on la…

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how capital’s structural interests impact immigration policy

To properly assess how capital’s structural interests impact immigration policy, we need to begin with a conceptual distinction between questions of the immigration flow and questions of immigrants’ rights.6 There is, of course, a significant overlap and interaction between these two phenomena — th…

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why the national policy so weakly reflects the preferences

[...] most demonstrations of white nationalism are notable for how easily they are dwarfed by counter-protestors. The question we should be asking, then, is not how to get the working class to be less nativist, but to understand why the national policy so weakly reflects the preferences of the majo…

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soporific

the soporific blandness of "solutions"

—p.161 Solution (161) by John Patrick Leary
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financialisation and the sharing economy

If the technology behind the sharing economy is not the source of its dominance, though, what is? "Financialization" may be the most relevant answer. "Finance, at its most basic level," writes the cultural critic Alison Shonkwiler, "is the domain in which value is less likely to be produced than …

—p.158 Share (156) by John Patrick Leary
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responsible for becoming more resilient

[...] NAFTA and American agribusiness are treated not as political circumstances but as metaphorical storms: since "we cannot control the volatile tides of change," they write," we can learn to build better boats." These examples are all part of a long tradition of naturalizing our contemporary pol…

—p.153 Robust (153) by John Patrick Leary
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Blair had missed the point of meritocracy

[...] As Young himself wrote in a 2001 essay deploring his term's enthusiastic adoption by the New Labour government of Tony Blair, that education had become a means of concentrating power. "It is good sense," he wrote, "to appoint individual people to jobs on their merit. It is the opposite when t…

—p.136 Meritocracy (135) by John Patrick Leary
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elision

what is remarkable about the market-democracy metaphor is its elision of an obvious fact of literal marketplaces: they are by definition unequal

—p.133 Market (132) by John Patrick Leary
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mien

The sympathetic mien of "human capital"

—p.113 Human capital (110) by John Patrick Leary
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in terms of an actuarial calculation

[...] Another advantage to employers of treating education or health care as human capital development is that risk in labor markets can be outsourced to employees. Why train someone on the job when they might just leave and take their knowledge elsewhere? Why spend time and money teaching skills t…

—p.112 Human capital (110) by John Patrick Leary
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defying the odds is, by definition, improbable

[...] defying the odds is, by definition, improbable. And while it may work as advice in a business world predicated on competition, to fashion a democratic educational policy around the possibility of defying odds makes little sense. If everyone, or even many people, could defy the odds, then casi…

—p.103 Grit (100) by John Patrick Leary
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grit offers an explanation for what exists

[...] Grit literature also reassures the desperate and frustrated that their situation is still within their control: a few tweaks or a new attitude are all you need to triumph in a job you love. One can imagine, however, how the payoff of such a philosophy could be pointless when it is not cruel. …

—p.103 Grit (100) by John Patrick Leary
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scabrous

its idea of scabrous determination

—p.100 Grit (100) by John Patrick Leary
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it is the employees' time that is made flexible, not the firm's

[...] Sophisticated scheduling software allows managers to plan their employees' schedules days or hours in advance, calibrating them to respond immediately to the smallest fluctuation in demand for labor. Here, it is the employees' time that is made flexible, not the firm's, and workers who want t…

—p.96 Free (96) by John Patrick Leary