I recently talked with philosophy professor Andrew Fiala about immigration and “Life-Boat Ethics”, whether the economy is a zero-sum game, the controversy over if and how much immigrants hurt low-income Americans, what’s wrong with the argument that we have too many immigrants, John Locke and whether we can morally justify interfering with an employer’s right to contract with an immigrant and denying the immigrant a better life, how immigration affects the environment, the American origins of the MS-13 street gang, why criminals avoid countries with strong police forces, and reasons immigrants commit crimes at lower rates than other segments of the population.
Andrew Fiala, "Trump: America is ‘full’ and cannot accept newcomers. The Golden Rule says otherwise", FRESNO BEE, April 11, 2019.
Garrett Hardin, "Lifeboat Ethics: the Case Against Helping the Poor", PSYCHOLOGY TODAY, September 1974.
I recently spoke with human rights legal scholar Silas Allard about asylum. Silas is the Managing Director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He argues that we should stop thinking that it's merely an act of charity when the United States grants asylum to a person fleeing persecution. He argues that a person has not only a right, but a duty, to flee persecution. If we interfere with a person fulfilling this obligation without a valid reason, according to this argument, we commit a moral wrong. In this conversation, we look to history and theology to explore whether we have an obligation to asylum-seekers.
Published May 8, 2019