Immigration, cultural change, and diversity as a cultural discovery process

Source: Notes On Liberty
by Zachary Woodman

“Instead of viewing immigration as a necessary drain on culture, it may be viewed as a potential means of improving culture through the free exchange of cultural values and practices. In the market, individuals are permitted to experiment with new inventions and methods of production because this innovation and risk can lead to better ways of doing things. Therefore, entrepreneurship is commonly called a ‘discovery process;’ it is how humanity may ‘discover’ newer, more efficient economic production techniques and products. Why is cosmopolitan diversity not to be thought of as such a discovery process in the realm of culture? Just as competition between firms without barriers to entry brings economic innovation, competition between cultural practices without the barrier to entry of immigration laws may be a means of bettering culture.” (03/01/17)