John Tanton: Paradigm Shifts

Tanton Video Interview Interview 2006 - Topic 19

In this topic, Dr. John Tanton notes that most countries are now trying to stop immigration. He discusses paradigm shifts and lists false assumptions that must be questioned:

  • There is room enough for endless numbers of people to come to the US.
  • Population problems can be solved by moving people around the globe.
  • Large-scale migration can continue indefinitely.
  • National boundaries are illegitimate.
  • We're a nation of immigrants.
  • Migration is a civil liberties problem whereas it needs to be viewed as a resource problem.

Instead of focusing on the virtues of individual immigrants, we need to focus on the ecologist's question: "and then what?"

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