Trying to follow his logic in that other thread about the downfall of civizilation, and I think this is what he was trying to argue: As we have defined civilization, there has to be progress in the arts and culture, among other developments. These cultural developments are not necessary for survival. In life, we are too busy with work and our responsibilities to support or help develop this cultural progress. (Until recent developments in history, would a farmer have the time and leisure to read the latest novels, hear the latest music, etc..) However, at some point in history, we have seen a segmentation of society where you have a leisure class. Only when this leisure class exists, will you have a class of people who can dedicate the time and effort to supporting and encouraging the arts to exist. Anything that helps grow this leisure class will have an effect on the progress of culture, and thus civilization. With immigration, what you have is a group of people who are willing to engage in manual labor. Once, you have all the basic needs of soceity met, can society turn its attention on non-essential matters such as art. The immigrants have filled certain jobs which the natives would have had to work in order for society to function. Now, you've freed up this pool to engage in activities such as the arts, etc...
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4/27/05 at 4:25am