A Reader Berates Bryanna; Peter Brimelow Defends Her, Sort Of
August 05, 2005
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From: [Name Withheld]
RE: Bryanna Beven`s blog item,
Kimberly-Clark Relocates to Mexico
I really like your web site. It is
clearly the best one out there on the immigration issue.
However, I was greatly disturbed by
Bryanna Beven`s blog post.
VDARE.COM writers may have their
opinions on such issues. But as VDARE supporters likely
disagree, they should be expressed elsewhere.
Secondly and perhaps more
importantly, opposing a move of production to Mexico is
in effect opposing something that is likely to reduce
What does Bryanna Bevens really
think those Mexicans that Kimberly Clark plans to hire
would do if they were denied good jobs in Mexico because
of her protectionist attitudes? They will
go north in many cases.
Opposition to the building of
plants in Mexico is in effect advocating increased
But while we wait for that, we
should welcome Kimberly-Clark`s move, and similar
actions that reduce illegal immigration by hiring
Mexicans in Mexico instead of in the United States.
Peter Brimelow replies:
VDARE.COM is indeed a
coalition of immigration reformers. We do struggle
constantly to keep the members from quarrelling about
their other views, although those views do creep in
occasionally, especially with the syndicated columnists.
Personally, I still regard myself as a free trader for
here. And from a theoretical standpoint, of course,
free trade is a substitute for immigration.
in practice this argument would be easier to make had
NAFTA not been accompanied by an
increase in immigration.
Clearly, something else was going on as well.
Moreover, it is undeniable that free trade, whatever its
overall advantages, has redistribution effects. Those
suffering the effects are free to protest them, and to
persuade sympathizers like
Bryanna to join them.
is really happening here is the alienation of Americans
from their capitalist class—because of things like the
none other than
David Frum once
said, in the end American capitalism will probably
have to choose between free trade and open immigration.
Otherwise, it will find itself politically lynched by
enraged American nationalists. Right now, it is