Saturday, October 10, 2015

Libertarianism, Immigration, and Welfare Statism

Pseudolibertarians who say "as long as we have the welfare state, we cannot have free immigration" implicitly presuppose that the majority of immigrants into welfare states will become these states' parasitic clients. This, in turn, is based on the implicit presupposition that the majority of immigrants will find the offer extended to them by the welfare state unambiguously more attractive than any offer that could be extended to them by the totality of libertarian-minded educators, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists. Thus, they implicitly recognize the organizational superiority of statism and explicitly call for even more statism (closed/more tightly controlled borders). Nothing more is needed to make a clear assessment of their "libertarian" credentials.

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