The New York Times is Wrong—Immigration Won’t Make America Great Again
National Economics Editorial ^ | January 14, 2018 | Spencer P Morrison
Posted on 1/15/2018, 5:33:48 PM by Thalean
In 1014 AD the Byzantine Emperor Basil II defeated the Bulgar hordes at the Battle of Kleidion. To ensure the Bulgars would never again rise up against him, Basil blinded the survivors—leaving every hundredth man with a single eye. The one-eyed led their brothers home, but mostly the blind led the blind.
How many Bulgars were separated from their kin on their anabasis? How many died in the Thracian wilderness—food for worms and wolves? A hand slick with blood loses its grip, and in the frantic search for fingertips a dozen followers are led astray. Those behind don’t panic. They don’t know—East or West all steps are the same. Only when it’s too late do they realize they’re lost.
What happened at Kleidion—tragic though it was—serves as a powerful allegory. It reminds us that the blind lead the blind, and that most are blissfully unaware of this fact. We assume our leaders have eyes to see, that they know where they’re going. Often they don’t.
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