Open Border Libertarians

This is an honest request: Can someone point me to an article, column, or paper promoting open borders that also addresses (or even acknowledges) the welfare state and the role it plays in the matter? Put differently, the writer argues for open borders but also addresses how to reduce the welfare state when you have open borders.

I have read plenty of articles over the past month – like this – insisting that we must have open borders, but I have yet to find one that adequately discusses how people might be incentivized to enter another country that offers more free stuff than their own and how it creates unnecessary tension between natives and immigrants (Jacob G. Hornberger, the author of the article I linked to above, gave a speech about abolishing the welfare state while advocating for open borders, but he doesn’t explain or address how one affects the other).

The entire moral basis for opposing open borders or removing immigration laws is the welfare state. I hope there is at least one open border libertarian out there who can point me in the right direction.

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10 Responses to Open Border Libertarians

  1. Ben Lewis says:

    I believe Ron Paul has a short chapter about this in Liberty Defined.


    • The Question says:

      I wouldn’t consider Ron Paul to be an open border libertarian based on recent writing of his on the matter.

      I understand the argument of some libertarians that there should be no limits at all on who comes into the United States, but the reality is we do not live in a libertarian society. We live in a society where healthcare is provided — often by over-burdened emergency rooms that cannot legally turn away the sick — “free” education is provided, and other support via food stamp programs is also made available for “free” to illegal immigrants. Many even argue that they should be allowed to vote!

      Sadly, Ron Paul is one of the few people who understands the complexity of the situation and the multi-layers of political issues that have to be dealt with. It isn’t just about immigration laws; it’s also about the Drug War, the Welfare State, etc. Open border libertarians, from what I’ve read, seem to act as though they are independent topics unrelated to and unaffected by each other.


      • Ben Lewis says:

        Yeah, I don’t think of RP as an open borders guy, but I think he acknowledges that the reason is not due to the principle but rather that, just as you point out, it’s not workable given the current welfare state.


    • The Question says:

      Andrew Napolitano’s latest piece on immigration is another example of the trend I see. The word “welfare” isn’t mentioned once, yet it is the main crux of the debate on immigration, both legal and illegal, as well as the discussion over “anchor babies.”

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  2. Borders, open or not, are entirely a matter of private property. Unfortunately, as long as we live with the State that we do, we do not have property rights. If a person wants to invite 1,000 people onto his property, it’s his right, no matter where they come from.
    But, as we have seen, and as Hoppe I think has shown very well, (including Bionic Mosquito) the situation we are in makes it difficult to support “open borders”, as the very property that the government is suppose to protect is stolen by means of welfare to give to these immigrants.


    • The Question says:

      Agreed. I’ve read both Hoppe and BM’s articles and they seem to have the best grasp of what is happening.

      the situation we are in makes it difficult to support “open borders”, as the very property that the government is suppose to protect is stolen by means of welfare to give to these immigrants.

      What baffles me is why open border libertarians won’t even acknowledge this. I cannot find a single article addressing how to abolish the welfare state while you have open borders at the same time, yet it is the centerpiece of the entire debate. It is why I wrote this post requesting someone point me in the right direction in the event that I just haven’t found it.


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