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Gregory Clark likes to be a contrarian, but having opinions that offend a lot of people doesn’t make those opinions correct, or even reasonable. If Japanese people have the “right” to discriminate in serious, nontrivial ways against foreign residents, why, for example, wouldn’t white Australians have the “right” to restore the “White Australia” policy and keep Asian immigrants out?

Clark concludes that if Japan becomes like our “padlocked, mutually suspicious Western societies, we will all be losers.” But what exactly will we lose? The “right” to be treated like second-class human beings? What nonsense! Nonsense on stilts.

donald m. seekins

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