Monday, July 12, 2010

A Libertarian Argument Against Open Borders

Occasionally, we hear the phrase “limousine liberals” used to describe the members of the liberal establishment... It would be equally appropriate,however, to describe some other people as “limousine libertarians”— those who pontificate about open borders while remaining detached from the scenes that their “idealism” generates. They would do well to reflect, in their ivory towers, on whether the freedom they profess for those who are immigrants, if it occurs at all, is to be brought about at the expense of the freedom of those who are not.
-- John Hospers, "A Libertarian Argument Against Open Borders" (http://mises.org/journals/jls/13_2/13_2_3.pdf)

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  1. The issue of Immigration is where I part ways with the Libertarians. Most of their ideas I believe in, but what they don't realize is that open Borders with it's Political Influence will end The American Republic.

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  2. Hospers disavowed his statement.

    Jim, you don't get that Libertarianism is a world movement. See www.libertarianinternational.org -- the Libs are way ahead of you.

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    1. If it's a world movement then let the rest of the world make their respective countries more libertarian, rather than importing populations who are mostly statists into this country and trying in vain to make them libertarian.

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