"Freedom of movement" is a libertarian virtue in any location which is not privately owned or where the owner does not opt to restrict movement. Moreover, just because libertarians advocate a fully privatized society, it does not necessarily follow that every square inch of ground will be privately owned nor that every property owner will choose to deny access to visitors and travelers. … Read this article
I don't see how you can oppose free immigration without at least indirectly supporting the existence of a coercive state. I've read what (paleo) Rothbard and Hoppe have to say about it, but their argument (essentially, if all land were privately owned, "immigration" would require permission from the landowners) ignores several important facts. … Read this article
This is the form letter which Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) has been sending to those individuals who have expressed support for the US government's existing refugee resettlement program. I would like to preface my response by saying that I like Rep. … Read this article
Time keeps passing, and with each day that goes by, the catastrophic refugee crisis continues to escalate and more politicians hop on the bandwagon of using opposition to refugee resettlement as an opportunity for political grandstanding. Despite the growing chorus of bigotry, the states do not actually have the option to pick and choose which refugees they will admit. … Read this article
The subject of refugee resettlement has been a major point of contention lately, but the arguments offered by libertarians are particularly interesting in that they manage to arrive at entirely opposite conclusions despite ostensibly starting from the same fundamental principles. The basis of libertarianism is the non-aggression principle (or NAP.) This principle states that it is never morally acceptable to initiate force against another person. … Read this article
I dislike politicians on principle, but Donald Trump is particularly offensive to me. His arrogance and buffoonery are insulting, his racist remarks about Mexico, China, and the Middle East are revolting, and his policy positions are truly terrifying.
Thanks to the bloviating of Donald Trump, the refugee crisis in Syria, and the fundamentally broken immigration system which is being perpetually mismanaged by the US government, immigration is once again a major talking point for pundits and commentators as well as for politicians and people in general. … Read this article
The state destroys wealth and wastes human initiative by forcing individuals to spend time and money endeavoring to circumvent unnatural impediments to the market instituted by the state. Recently state enforcers seized a tunnel equipped with electricity, ventilation and a rail system that connected San Diego, California, to Tijuana, Mexico. … Read this article
One point that might be worth making to the anti-immigration conservatives is that the difference between a border designed to keep people out and a border designed to keep people in is really not all that significant.
I have stated in the past that 'the only real difference between a fort and a prison is which side of the gate the locks are on.' I suspect the zeal for 'sealing the border' might be dampened if folks pondered this concept for a while. … Read this article
Protectionism exists in many facets of the economy and is essentially the use of taxes, regulations or other means to disincentivize, restrict, or prohibit trade. The idea is simple: I am the only widget maker in town and I get the town council to levy a 50 percent tax on any widgets that are manufactured elsewhere and imported into the town. … Read this article