Byron Roth: “Offshoring, Mass Immigration, and Wage Stagnation: Why Education is No Solution

The 2013 American Renaissance Conference.

Byron Roth is professor emeritus of psychology at Dowling College and author of "The Perils of Diversity: Immigration and Human Nature." His presentation covers the complex tangle of misfortunes that have befallen the white working-class. He notes that before the Second World War, a man did not have to have much education to get a job that could support a family. Farm, factory, and other low-skilled work was abundant and well paid.

Prof. Roth argues that there are three main reasons why things have changed dramatically. One, of course, is the influx of low-skilled immigrants who put downward pressure on wages. The second is the offshoring of jobs, which has the practical effect of making Americans compete in the labor market with people who live on twenty dollars a day. The third is the opening of markets to products from Third-World countries, which has exactly the same effect. Prof. Roth points out that the results of these policies—low wages and cheap foreign goods—benefit the elites but are a callous betrayal of unskilled Americans.

The Left always argues that “education” will lift the working class into the middle class, but Prof. Roth shows that this is a delusion. This theory fails to recognize that there are inherent differences in ability tha…

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