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Open Borders and Self-Determination

One of the main philosophical arguments against free immigration that Bas van der Vossen and Jason Brennan seek to rebut in their excellent In Defense of Openness is an argument offered by Christopher Wellman. (pp.48-52) Here I want to offer a simple and friendly substitute for their complex rebuttal of Wellman.  My substitute moves much more quickly to the core of the matter and avoids the surprisingly statist tone and terminology of the authors’ rebuttal. As the authors...

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Open Borders Launch Fun

To help you celebrate the pre-order launch for Open Borders, here’s… 1. The official website. 2. Zach Weinersmith’s celebratory launch comic! 3. Promotion #1: I will do personalized podcasts for the three people who buy the MOST copies today.  Just email me a screen cap of your Amazon order.  And remember: Even precocious kids can enjoy this book, so please think of the children! 4. Promotion #2: If you’re an educator and you assign Open Borders for your course, I...

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Pre-Order Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration

Today’s my birthday, and I have so much to celebrate.  Foremost on my mind: My first graphic novel, Open Borders: The Science and Ethics of Immigration, is finally available for pre-order for the insanely low price of $13.99!  And it would really make my birthday if you pre-ordered right now… for yourself and anyone else in your life who’d appreciate it. I had a good feeling about this project from the beginning… and then I got my absolute first choice for artist,...

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A Friendly Amendment on the Border Wall

I’m guessing that pretty much everyone who reads this knows that some people have started a GoFundMe site to come up with voluntary donations for the wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. Currently, it has raised over $12.8 million. Other people have pointed out that if they come up with enough money, it still won’t go to build the wall because if you want to donate to the government, the donations go into the feds’ general fund and Congress would still have to...

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Open Borders as Global Justice: Sowell Edition

Immigration laws don’t merely allow discrimination; they require it.  As the result, such laws are deeply anti-meritocratic.  Employers may be allowed to hire the best citizen for the job, but not the best person. Even more strikingly, the injustice ripples down through the generations.  When you trap a foreign-born father in a Third World country, you don’t just stunt his prospects; you stunt his children’s prospects as well.  Indeed, this physical and mental...

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Denying Asylum ≠ Justifying Deportation; Open Borders ≠ Universal Asylum

A Facebook exchange today illustrated how some people conflate A) open borders with B) granting asylum to everyone. Or, perhaps, they conflate A) denying asylum to asylum seekers with B) permissibly deporting those asylum seekers. For instance, you may have seen the video of the Swedish woman who refused to sit down in an airplane in order to delay someone from being deported. Fox News now reports the man in question was denied asylum because he had committed assault. Two comments:...

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Libertarians Shouldn’t Dream of Hillary’s Common Market

Largely overlooked by the media in light of Trump’s leaked Access Hollywood video and Sunday’s presidential debate has been the volumes of emails from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta released by Wikileaks. One revelation that has gained some traction are some of the remarks Secretary Clinton made while speaking to Wall Street bankers, in which she takes a very different position on trade agreements than what she has taken during her campaign. One email notes a speech where...

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Happy Open Borders Day: How to Argue for Immigration Restrictions

In honor of Open Borders Day, here is an excerpt from the current draft of Global Justice as Global Freedom, which Bas and I are writing for Oxford University Press. This excerpt comes from the end of chapter 5. In chapter 5, we make the preliminary case for open borders. In chapters 6 and 7, we respond to and debunk a series of economic and philosophical arguments against open borders. At first glance, immigration restrictions look like rights violations. When we impose immigration...

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