We claim that immigration restrictions and liberalism are incompatible. One response to our argument is that states have stronger obligations to their citizens than they have to foreigners. For example, a public official in the U.S. government could argue: “It’s true that immigration restrictions limit the […]
We think the freedom to immigrate is a basic liberty along with freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, occupational freedom, and so on. A truly liberal state would respect all of these liberties. But not everyone believes that the freedom to immigrate is a basic liberty.
Our first post in this series argued that freedom of immigration is on a par with other important liberal freedoms like occupational choice and freedom of association. Next, we argued that if states’ rights to collective self-determination justify restrictions on freedom of immigration, they justify […]
As we noted in our previous post, there is a tension between liberalism and immigration restrictions. Why? Well, immigration restrictions interfere with important liberties, like freedom of association and occupational choice. We now want to generalize the argument. Our claim is that standard arguments for immigration […]
One has to be careful when making an argument for closing borders. The problem is that many of the arguments people offer lead to conclusions they are not prepared to endorse. The arguments for closing borders appear not just to be arguments for closing borders, but for censorship, voting restrictions, eugenics, internal migration restrictions, and […]
Last month I did an episode of the Free Thoughts Podcast over at Libertarianism.org.
Aaron Ross Powell, Trevor Burns, and I had a great discussion about toleration. Check it out here.