A well-written essay by Pater Edmund von Waldstein on Immigration, and more importantly, the (oft forgotten) Universal Destination of Goods, upholding reason and the teaching of the Catholic Church for a world which has forgotten both.
The current debates on immigration between liberal globalists on the one hand and populist nationalists on the other raise fundamental questions about the nature of political community and solidarity. Neither side offers satisfactory answers to these questions. Immigration naturally raises such fundamental questions, since the extent to which new members are admitted to a community varies widely depending on how that community understands and sustains its own internal unity. Thus a nomadic tribe, living in easily breachable tents, and depending on close bonds of trust will have approach the integration of strangers differently than a city-state with stone houses, locking doors, speculative philosophy, and law courts.
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