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Argument: A state cannot be denied its right to evaluate foreign students

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  • JD, commenter. Economist Online Debate Series. December 11, 2007 22:15 - "This 'one world government' mentality from many of the posters is troubling. It seems they want to give up their freedom and erase their culture. The nation state is a very delicate and special thing; let's not throw it out the window so easily. That was PRECISELY Hitler's goal, don't forget.
AND AS FOR the 'diversity' argument, I can see how people outside the U.S. would be more concerned than those of us in the U.S. The fact is, the U.S. is the most diverse place on the planet. If it's diversity you want, perhaps your effort should be on bringing more people to your non-diverse countries. Of course, we can see how wonderful North African immigration has been for France and the UK, what with your constant riots and 100+ daily automobile torchings."
  • puff3456, commenter. Economist Online Debate Series. December 12, 2007 16:41 - "First, the national government has the duty to make decisions on immigration quotas or the lack of such quotas. Second, nearly all institutions (public and private) receive tax payer funding and as such have a duty to enroll an appropriate proportion of said tax payers and their dependents, i.e. citizens and legal residents. Third, the institutions then within the nationally set immigration quotas may enroll an appropriate number of international students at an unsubsidized rate for the purpose of adding value to the tax payers investment. A nationality diverse student body may provide some benefit to the enrolled student and may better prepare a student for ongoing globalisation, however, individual nationalities must maintain their own sense of national pride and national focus to be successful as a country, turning institutions into micro UN bodies is a recipe for disaster."

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