Some readers have wondered about the specific policy positions which contributors to this website might hold. In regards to immigration, I am in broad sympathy with Jason Richwine’s recent article in The American. Quality, not quantity. I understand the logic behind the arguments of open-borders libertarians (and the milder forms of these positions espoused by liberals and economic conservatives), but I think they are premised on tenuous assumptions in terms of how far polities can appropriately organize and scale. As it is, I will be honest and admit that I am somewhat dubious as to the coherency of the American identity at this moment in history. A nation of this size and numbers is an empire in and of itself, and I think 18th century thinkers had reasonable grounds to be skeptical about the scalability of republican institutions. In the decades before the Civil War American identity was becoming progressively more fragmented, and it took a Civil War to cement it back together.