Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Libertarian Argument Against Open Borders

"They violate private property," reads the blurb linking to this article retitled "Open Borders Are Anti-Libertarian" on the site — Borders, Culture, and Decentralization.

I'll be honest, I expected a inconsistent argument, albeit one leading to the immigration restrictionist conclusion with which I agree. I expected to read an argument in which "private property" would be confused with "collective property." Libertarians arguing for collectivism? It was an inconsistency I could live with, as a non-ideologue in a fallen world. Instead, I was convinced that the argument was consistent and hinged upon "the distinction of nation vs. state." Tolle, lege.

[Upon deeper reflection, much, so much, hinges upon "the distinction of nation vs. state." The open borders libertarian crowd, along with other species of modern liberals, fails because it rejects the reality of the former, a rejection which leads to the deification of the latter.]

Justin Raimondo, echoing John Derbyshire, both ironically echoing the monster Joseph Stalin's "Socialism in One Country" policy, made the case two years ago — Libertarianism In One Country.

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Blogger Mercurius Aulicus said...

What does puzzle me about libertarians is when some of them argue that there are no borders in nature. I feel like telling them come to Australia and watch some of our birds attack one another for entering their territories - and you will see what nonsense that argument is.

April 11, 2016 at 8:07 PM  

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