There has been much concern in recent years over robots replacing humans in the workforce. According to an analysis done earlier this year by PricewaterhouseCoopers, an accounting and consulting firm, 38% of U.S. jobs could be replaced by automation by the 2030s and according to a 2013 study by the University of Oxford, almost half of those currently employed in the U.S. will be replaced by automation in the next decade or two. When you read that, it certainly sounds alarming. But is this as looming an issue as they claim and what should we, as conservatives, think of this?
Euthanasia is a compound Greek word which means good death, but is often defined as mercy killing. Though we honor those who die performing courageous acts, such as saving lives or preserving the freedom of others, we recognize that death is not good—there is no such thing as a good death. Death, in the Bible, in every novel, and in every story including our own, is the enemy. This animosity and fear toward death is built into the human psyche and is evident in our storytelling, whether it be the Epic of Gilgamesh or Harry Potter. The trouble with the word euthanasia is that it attempts to put a happy face or a positive spin on something we all instinctively know is not good.
Where would America be without immigration? Nearly every non-immigrant American is descended from immigrants. If it weren’t for immigration we wouldn’t have things such as Apple, Google, YouTube, cellphones, and thanks to Einstein, nuclear energy (which thankfully ensured that the Nazis didn’t win the war). So to answer my question, America wouldn’t be nearly as great of a nation as we are today if we didn’t have immigration.
I come from a family of immigrants. My great-great-grandfather immigrated from the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1909 on the Carpathia (the same ship that would later rescue Titanic survivors). While my last name is Italian, I also have random quantities of Swedish, Irish, French, and Scottish blood. I am who I am because of immigration. America is the country she is because of immigration.