compassion

Selfish Genes, Altruistic Politics, and the European Migration Crisis

Immigration debates are heavily infused with this politicized notion of selfishness. It’s built into the common smear of “nativist” directed at anyone who wants border security and citizenship laws taken seriously. A “nativist” is a selfish person who wants to lock the deserving poor of other nations on the other side of a border fence, instead of “sharing the wealth” of his own prosperous society. “Compassion” demands open borders and mass migration from impoverished countries into rich ones.

A Syrian family disembarks from the Greek government chartered Eleftherios Venizelos ferry at the port of Piraeus on September 9, 2015. Thousands of refugees arrived in Piraeus by goverment chartered ferry from the overcrowded Greek islands, especially the island of Lesbos. EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled major plans Wednesday …