Barnett, T.P.M. 2007. I like it! Numbre three on the list! Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog. May 24, 2007. Available online: http://www.thomaspmbarnett.com/weblog/2007/05/i_like_it_number_three_on_the.html.
I like this idea a lot (whenever Tom Barnett and Tom Friedman are on the same page, good things happen):
I think any foreign student who gets a Ph.D. in our country — in any subject — should be offered citizenship.
Definitely add this one to the list, after civilians who work for the SysAdmin and those who join our armed forces.
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Besides the short term effects, the biggest effect of granting citizenship to Ph.D.s is long term: the improvement of the American Race.
Intelligence is highly heritable — something like 50% of variation in general intelligence is explained by genetics. While clearly countries in the Gap do not have social systems to give their citizens an equal chance, it’s also clearly that those who do make it to the United States and succeed in a doctoral program are both hard working and smart.
So having an immigration regime which focuses on attracting intellligent individuals has the lasting effect of increasing the intelligence of Americans generally. It allows the United States to continue her policy — taking the best, brightest, and hardest-working — from the rest of the world.
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