On Immigration: Reply to Hoppe
Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 21, No. 3, Fall 2007
18 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2011
Hans-Hermann Hoppe is clearly one of the most creative, inventive, and insightful libertarians now writing. This claim would be true if his only contribution was his “argument from argument” (1993, pp. 204–07), which placed the entire corpus of libertarian theory on an undeniable praxeological-like basis. But he has done more, far more. He has made sterling and original contributions to the theory of anarchism (2001), private property rights (1993), homesteading (1993), socialism and capitalism (1989), and insurance (2003), to single out just a few of his many contributions to this field.
Although the present paper is dedicated to a highly critical examination of Hoppe’s contributions to the field of immigration, we readily acknowledge at the outset that here, too, even though we cannot see our way clear to agreeing with his conclusions, his splendid, imaginative, and ingenious “footprints” can readily be seen. Who else but this scholar would think to model immigration along the lines of the importation of goods, pointing to disanalogies between them (2001)? No one other than he could analyze free immigration as a form of forced integration (2001) in violation of private property rights.
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