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What is the "Macaca Effect"?
By Liz Davidson
Aug 19, 2008 - 11:20:14 AM

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What is the "macaca effect"? First of all, what is a macaca? A "macaca" is a racial pejorative to refer to someone either from or with ancestry from India or Pakistan.

And the "macaca effect" is pejorative used by people in high tech to refer to East Indians driving down the wages of American and British workers. In many fields (computer programming, engineering, medicine, nursing, accounting, etc.) companies are faking labor shortages to acquire an H1B visa and hire East Indians, with the net effect of driving down the wages of American and British employees. Thus, one hears disgruntled employees talking about the "macaca effect."

Paul Craig Roberts, assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury in the Reagan administration, has written:

"Offshoring has reduced the availability of good-paying jobs for middle-class Americans. It is not only manufacturing jobs that are being moved abroad, but software-engineering jobs, IT jobs, and a wide range of other professional occupations. Consequently, the ladders of upward mobility are being dismantled. Many of the professional jobs that remain are being filled with foreigners, especially engineers and IT professionals from India, who are brought in on work visas and paid less by U.S. employers, who falsely claim worker shortages."

High-tech insider Tom Stern says:

"Indians are generally nice people. But when your company starts hiring them. You know the end is near. It's like the early stages of cancer. Within one year, all of our wages were driven down by 45%. Big business is bringing over Indians for the sole purpose of pushing down American salaries."

Many complain that this may be the end of Western economies, as they are slowly transformed into Third World economies. Journalist Brian Watson comments:

"It is no coincidence that Jean Raspail, author of the conservative classic Camp of the Saints, selected East Indians to lead the invasion of the West. Indians are best equipped to infiltrate and bring down Western countries - and they can do it with an obsequious smile."



Liz Davidson writes from Cambridge, MA. She can be contacted at:

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