The Costs of Diversity: What Will I Learn?
By Bryan Caplan
As you may have heard, I’m collaborating with SMBC‘s Zach Weinersmith on a non-fiction graphic novel on the philosophy and social science of immigration. Working title: All Roads Lead to Open Borders. I’m now writing chapter 4, “Crimes Against Culture,” examining the main cultural arguments against immigration.
Since I take graphic novels very seriously, I’m sticking to my standard methods of quality control. First and foremost: Read very widely and deeply on each topic immediately before writing. Sometimes that means a lot of review; other times, I get lost in a completely new literature. In coming weeks, I’ll be carefully exploring a literature I mostly know second-hand: social science on the costs of diversity, especially ethno-linguistic fractionalization.
Since making clear predictions is a good way to mitigate hindsight bias, I want to publicly make a conjecture about what I’ll learn. And here it is: Almost all of the alleged “costs of diversity” can just as easily be interpreted as “costs of intolerance” or “costs of identity politics.”
You’ll know more when I know more.