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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Cheap Labor: Slaves and Illegals

In a First Things commentary, Elizabeth Powers notes that the justification used for cheap immigrant labor, legal and illegal, is the same used for slavery before the Civil War: without the cheap labor, the economy would collapse.

She also notes the illogic of the sex-education rationale: you can’t stop kids from pre-marital sex, so teach them responsible sex.  What’s responsible, she asks, about sex outside of marriage?  Moreover, history belies the contention that kids will engage in pre-marital sex, no matter what.