November 8, 2005

JOEL KOTKIN says that welfare states produce riots and terrorism, by trapping immigrants in a dirigiste economy with few opportunities.

I’ve always admired Kotkin for writing this contrarian book at the height of the Japan-will-conquer-us doomsaying of the early 1990s. Kotkin’s analysis there, arguing that U.S. adaptability would trump Japanese planning, has certainly been borne out by events.

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