Secure Borders Are Like Gated Communities

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My dream is a hemispheric common market, with open trade and open borders.

– Hillary Clinton in a May 16, 2013 speech to Banco Itau, a Brazilian bank.

Why would a globalist like Hillary Clinton share this position, if the outcome was a smaller, reduced state and greater individual freedom?

At this point, it’s safe to say we all know the answer.

Let us be totally blunt about this; open borders in the modern context does not mean people coming and going as they please into areas where they are welcome by those already living there. When translated from libertarian table-talk into real world application it transforms into a situation in which people from one area can enter another region, uninvited and against the consent of those there, to subsist off of their resources and enjoy extra-legal protection under the guise of political correctness. It means parasitical elements of humanity swarming like locust to countries where they can live off of the labor of others who are forced to accommodate their invaders by their governments.

I’m sure someone will point out that totalitarian countries have closed borders, but I would point out their border policy emphasized keeping people in, not out. The Berlin Wall wasn’t constructed to prevent West Berliners from entering (though that was the pretense); it was to keep East Berliners from leaving.

People talk about freedom of travel or freedom of movement, but this is a simplistic, facile perspective. People don’t just move; they travel with intent. A man who enters a country with wealth or the desire to produce wealth is not equal to one who enters with the intent of living off the wealth of others there who cannot escape the state violence that makes their wealth available for legal plundering.

As long as we’re going to have a state monopoly on border protections and a welfare state, we have to figure out how to separate the one from the other.

Open borders reminds me of what the Spartans used to tell Athenians who bragged about their democratic process; try practicing it in your home. (paging Mark Zuckerberg).

This is why Murray Rothbard switched his views on immigration and borders shortly before he died. What works in theory and within a coffee house conversation doesn’t always pan out in real life with equal success.

Open borders violates the rights of those within them by allowing others to come in uninvited and steal their property. Closed borders violate the rights of those within by preventing them from leaving or inviting someone onto their property.

Secure borders operate in a similar way as a gated community by allowing anyone to leave but creates a screening process for those attempting to enter as a way to ensure the property rights of those within those borders are protected. You cannot just enter a gated community uninvited and squat on the land or consume resources.

Libertarians should support the third option.

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3 Responses to Secure Borders Are Like Gated Communities

  1. “Open borders violates the rights of those within them by allowing others to come in uninvited and steal their property. Closed borders violate the rights of those within by preventing them from leaving or inviting someone onto their property.

    “Secure borders operate in a similar way as a gated community by allowing anyone to leave but creates a screening process for those attempting to enter as a way to ensure the property rights of those within those borders are protected. You cannot just enter a gated community uninvited and squat on the land or consume resources.”

    This is clearly evidence of the kind of muddled “thinking” that goes on in this country. News flash: no one owns the United States! No corporate CEO’s, no private group or organization, no kind of business entrepreneurs, no individual “citizen” or groups of citizens, NO ONE OR GROUP OR GROUP OF GROUPS, and certainly not any part or all of this damned infernally evil thing we call government.

    When we allow this mode of “thinking” to enter into our pointy little heads, that this continent is anyone’s to own, OTHER THAN GOD HIMSELF, then we are granting permission TO BE OWNED. This is exactly what has come to be in this damnable land we have the audacity to call the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”

    NO ONE CAN OWN what God has provided for a large populace, any more than ownership of water or the seeds of our foods. This is the kind of “thinking,” again, that leads to such evils as Monsanto Corporation. To own a farm for one’s livelihood is one thing. To take and command ownership of a nation is despotism.

    No government can own anything. Only individuals possess that right. To declare or even contemplate, written or verbal, is tantamount to opening Pandora’s box.

    Each and everyone of us have the God-given right to move about freely, to move our bodies from point A to point B, by plane, train, bus or automobile. To move from one country to another, again, is inclusive of our rights to move about FREELY, so long as we do not violate the rights of another. Stepping across an imaginary line called a “border,” in a RATIONAL society, can in no way be thought to be a transgression of anyone’s rights! Governments cannot be allowed to declare who can or cannot move from any country and step foot on this soil. Our own PERSONAL property is a horse of a different color and is not even remotely a bona fide part of this discussion.

    We do not have the right to assume anything about anyone else, AND ACT UPON THOSE ASSUMPTIONS. When a person clearly and demonstrably transgresses the rights of another then, AND ONLY THEN, may we interfere. Believing another to be thinking of committing a crime is one thing. ACTING on that belief without there being said crime is, in and of itself, A CRIME!

    An imaginary line that supposedly marks the parameters of one country from another is hardly provocation for preventing someone from entering said country. To actually compare a country’s borders comparable to that of a private property with fencing is ludicrous and insane, and is exactly the kind of “thinking” that creates anger, animosity, hatred, and suspicion amongst other nations. This is all government-fed propaganda, designed to keep others at odds with each other, as a means of focusing our attentions on others and not that of the criminal behaviors of our illustrious “leaders…”

    Bill Ernstberger

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  2. Gunner Q says:

    A good analogy. Hits the Elites right in their hypocrisy. They won’t care themselves but a good meme-picture would be the White House with its fences & barricades and the caption “The guy who lives here believes in open borders”.

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