Immigration points and the fatal conceit of central planning

Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

“Most of you recognize government is too stupid to plan shoe production. You need price signals and competitive mechanisms to tell you what, where, and how to produce. You can’t make a five-year plan for the whole economy because the economic problem constantly changes. But many people who recognize that flip around say, ‘Oh, but no worries. We can figure out exactly how many and what kind of laborers the economy needs for the next five years using this artificial points scale.’ The best way to know whether ‘the economy needs an immigrant’ is simple: If we allow people to hire the immigrant, do they choose to do so?” (08/10/17)