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Hassoun’s Argument for Global Redistribution

In In Defense of Openness, Bas and I wonder why so much of the global justice literature defends the opposite conclusions of development economics. Philosophers ignore or more often denigrate property rights and trade, despite the overwhelming evidence these things are necessary for sustained growth, and spend most of their time defending global redistribution, despite the evidence the strong evidence that redistribution generally doesn’t help, especially redistribution within...

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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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National Sovereignty and Immigration

Rights Theory, Liberalism Jay: “I advocate open borders.”Lots of people Left and Right: “What, you don’t believe in national sovereignty?”Jay: “Well, no, but even if I did, invoking national sovereignty doesn’t resolve the issue.” Many people think something like the following argument is sound:1. States have a right to national sovereignty.2. National...

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Political Stability in the Open Society

Links, Rights Theory John Thrasher and I have published an article in the American Journal of Political Science, “Political Stability in the Open Society,” that BHL readers may find of interest. If you’re interested in how to have a diverse and free but stable social order, take a look. I’m cross-posting the blog post linked here. In “Political Stability in the...

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Promises and the Right to Resist Injustice

Rights Theory I’ve been working on a project called When All Else Fails: Resistance to State Injustice. The thesis is of the book is simple: We have exactly the same rights of self-defense and defense of others against state injustice that we have against civilians. In the later chapters, I argue this holds true even if you are an agent of the government. (For...

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It’s Not a Thought Experiment Anymore

Rights Theory, Toleration (co-authored with Steve Horwitz) We all know the thought experiment. There are a million versions of it. What do you do if the Nazis show up? Do you hide your Jewish neighbors in your attic? Do you protest in the streets? Do you throw stones at the Nazis’ parades? Do you shoot them on sight? What are your ethical limits? What are the limits of a civil society? Is it okay to punch...

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Hurting Low-Information Voters’ Wittle Feelings

Rights Theory, Democracy Opinion-haver Claire Lehmann calls me out for calling low-information voters low-information: A pernicious term used for those who voted for Trump and Brexit is the “low information voter”. Most likely uneducated, the low information voter doesn’t know much about “the issues”. He votes according to his gut feeling. He sabotages delicate democratic systems with the blunt exercise of...

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