In Should Libertarians Support a Police State? open borders advocate Jacob Hornberger writes:
Our American ancestors tried to protect people from unreasonable searches by federal officials. They understood that a free society necessarily depends on external constraints placed on the power of government officials to conduct searches of people and their belongings. That’s what The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is all about. It prohibits federal officials from searching people’s cell phones and everything else without a search warrant issued by a judge.
This article is meant to say that libertarians who support secure borders are supporting the police state.
Notice what he left out; the Founders’ views on immigration and borders. They favored secure borders, immigration restrictions that prioritized English peoples – and yet they still opposed a police state.
It is ironic that Hornberger appeals to “our American ancestors” – no such appeal works under his preferred immigration policy. That argument only has meaning to real Americans whose ancestors were here in 1789.
This is a point I’ve raised repeatedly with left/open border libertarians. Their rhetoric is appreciated only by Americans who have common heritage and ethnic ties. Try speaking of “our American ancestors” to someone whose family is from China, India, Syria, or Mexico. To them, the Bill of Rights is a document penned by foreigners of no connection to their ancestors, and thus has no significance to them beyond what they personally can get out of it.
If you live in a house your great-grandfather built specifically for his family to live in, you will treat it differently than a house that was built by a total stranger just trying to earn a living.
Hornberger celebrates the importation or migration of people of whom his own arguments for a free society will have no impact. If things continue on their current path, ethnic Americans will become a minority in the USA. What will he and others like him do then? They will not be able to reference the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, or any other Western document or thinker when trying to convince non-Westerners to adopt a distinctly Western concept – liberty. Virtually every argument they make, this specific one a perfect example, is ultimately an appeal to common Western and American heritage.
It’s why – as I’ve pointed out a thousand times – they do not bother taking their open borders doctrine to non-Westerner countries. No one there would listen to them, and the rhetoric they employ here in the West would have no effect. Non-Western countries do not care about creating a free society.
This is why open border libertarianism is a self-defeating, unsustainable policy; it calls for replacing its adherents with people who don’t believe in it.