Christ’s words, “For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.,” don’t just help explain why his political revolution swept the Roman Empire. They also explain why, from the perspective of power, America must unite with Mexico.
To expand the English language and empower the American Nation, admit the 31 Mexican United States to our Union. To expand the Spanish language and weaken the American Nation, keep the status quo. Or better yet, support an “enforcement only” immigration bill.
The context for Christ’s words was a discussion on epistemology that is found in the thirteenth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew. His students are asking why he speaks analogically, instead of logically. Jesus responds that the human mind is not optimized for logical reasoning, and that analogies are a better method of communication.
The human brain, being a complex adaptive network, works on the “rich get richer method that Jesus described. For instance, take two neurons in the brain: one with three incoming paths, the other with one. The neuron with three incoming pathways will become even more popular, and will increase its influence. The one with a single pathways, however, may be shunned and even die.
Similar dynamics exist in many systems. When I was a student at the University of South Dakota, my colleague Doug Jennewin looked at popular ant paths becoming superhighways while the roads less travelled fall into disuse.. Prokaryoyes with no neighbors die, while more popular prokaryotes divide and thrive. Lock a dog in a room and the canine’s body will shut down, the same way as a prisoner’s in solitary confinement well. Give them a group to belong too, however, and their health goes up. Protectionist states, like late Qing China or late Tokugawa Japan, fade while merchant states, such as Britain or America, thrive.
Over and over again, in any integrated system of competition, the most popular choice wins and the least popular choice loses. It’s very unfair and very predictable.
Integrated Mexico with America, and you will begin an death spiral for the Spanish Language on the North American continent. Give Mexicans the right to live where they can, work where they can, and play where they can, and the same complex, adaptive processes which rewards popular neurons and popular ant paths will reward the popular North American language, English. The language of Beowulf, Shakespeare, Locke, and Lincoln will reign from Alaska to Oaxaca.
At every stage, Christ’s “rich get richer” words will tip the balance from Spanish to English. Children, hearing English as their language centers are forming, will build the neural nets that allow proficient English usage later in life. Playing with English-speaking friends as their social centers are forming, they will build the neural nets that allow proficient English socialization later in life. Working for money, they will see that English gives them the most opportunities. Intermarrying with Americans, they bring English into the home.
Over and over this process has displaced minority languages with majority ones. Throughout the British Isles it is English that is commonly spoken, not Gaelic. Throughout France is is French, and none of the languages of oc.
This is not just some idealistic enterprise: it would increase the power of every American. The power of networks is a function of the square of its numbers of users. The difference in power of a net of 300 million (the current USA population) and of 400 million (USA + MUS) is astronomical.
Indeed, as national identity is closed tied to language, this rise of English in North America will directly correspond to the rise in power of the American Nation.
Want to know how to screw this up? Want to know how to weaken the American Nation. Here’s a clue:
If you wanted to sabotage America, prevent any sort of expanded union with Mexico that would encourage Mexicans to come here and mingle with ordinary Americans. That would involve making their labor illegal, to ghettoize them and take away many of the incentives of learning the language of business. it certainly would involve preventing Americans from owning property and moving down there for the same reason. Of course, you want to keep Mexico under a Constitution separate from ours, to impede general business growth.
In other words, if you wanted to prevent American power from spreading into Mexico and even lose American power in the southwestern United States, the Frist–Tancredo plan is just fine.
The worst of the coffee house lunes are hoping we do just that. Every picture we dislike from the rallies — all those BS placards by rich college kids — are calls for apartheid and separateness. Their grand ideal is on the same moral level as al Qaeda. And as with al Qaeda, if we integrate them first, we win.
If you want a middle of the road policy, then keep things the way they are. Don’t enjoy anti-American pictures like this? Then annex Mexico.
Unless you prefer la reconquista.