Why Paul Graham Is Still So Wrong

“Let the other 95% of great programmers in”

  • There is a huge variation in ability between competent programmers and exceptional ones, and while you can train people to be competent, you can’t train them to be exceptional.
  • The US has less than 5% of the world’s population. Which means if the qualities that make someone a great programmer are evenly distributed, 95% of great programmers are born outside the US.
  • It will always be true that most people who are great at anything are born outside the US.
  • Exceptional performance implies immigration. A country with only a small percent of the world’s population will be exceptional in some field only if there are a lot of immigrants working in it.
  • It could easily be the defining mistake this generation of American politicians later become famous for. Unlike other potential mistakes on that scale, it costs nothing to fix.
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