Want Less Segregation? Shrink the State


by Gary North

“Birds of a feather flock together.”

This rule governs our social relationships. It does not govern our economic relationships. This pair of facts is unfortunately not understood very well. Sociologists do not understand this paradox. Economists do, but they rarely emphasize it.


Let me give an obvious example. Most Americans attend churches with similar racial makeup. It is said that the church is the most racially segregated institution in the United States. This is one of the stupidest statements I can imagine. The church, meaning the church as a whole, is the most integrated institution in the United States, and everywhere else on earth. There is no other institution that comes close to the integration of the church.

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