Free immigration, like free trade, is a moral issue. Government’s restriction of immigration violates natural rights, creates immoral results, and deprives us of morally positive benefits.
States draw borders to define the territory they claim to control. Since states are criminal enterprises, the lines they draw, and the restrictions on immigration they impose, are illegitimate.
When we are rid of states, we will be free of national borders. In the meantime, as a matter of morality and compassion, we should advocate all nations open their borders.
Migration Is a Natural Right
As Judge Andrew P. Napolitano observes, “the freedom to travel is a fundamental natural right.” Judge Napolitano discusses the religious basis for natural rights; there is also a philosophical basis — natural rights are grounded in morality. [click to continue…]
Advocates for liberty confront issue after issue, day after day. This is like shooing angry wasps. The problem is the nest. We can tolerate the nest and continue to be stung, or we can solve the problem.
It is necessary to deal with the problem of the state, and not merely the endless symptoms of its existence. One way to gain perspective is to recognize the absurdity of tolerating the state.
Practical Case for Anarchy
In “The Obviousness of Anarchy,” John Hasnas writes, “I have been asked to present an argument for anarchy. This is an absurdly easy thing to do. In fact, it is a task that can be discharged in two words — look around.”
Professor Hasnas addresses the “core functions” of government defended by classical liberals. He presents the case that government is not necessary for providing law, courts, police, or other purported public goods, or for dealing with externalities. These services originated outside of government, and continue to be provided privately.
As to national defense, Professor Hasnas points out that, absent government, there will not be a nation; thus there will not be a need for national defense. The real need is defense of people. [click to continue…]