Immigration and Libertarianism: Open Borders versus Directionalism
9 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2019 Last revised: 25 Sep 2020
Date Written: September 1, 2019
To determine the correct libertarian approach to immigration, a thought experiment posits a minimal-state libertarian UK and then the introduction of several relevant anti-libertarian policies (with their increasingly disastrous effects). It is argued that the reverse of these imagined policies, as far as is politically possible, would be the correct way forward. Several open-border texts are then criticised in light of this and for other errors, in particular for overlooking the likely huge scale of immigration as indicated by a Gallup survey. The conclusion outlines three broad options on immigration and suggests that directionally-libertarian policies are both more libertarian and practical than open borders.
Keywords: immigration, libertarianism, open borders, directionalism
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