Borderists Don’t Understand Property Rights, Part Infinity

Borderism in bloom.

In a fully privatized libertarian order there exists no such thing as a right to free immigration. Private property implies borders and the owner’s right to exclude at will. And ‘public property’ has borders as well. It is not unowned. It is the property of domestic taxpayers and most definitely not the property of foreigners. And while it is true that the State is a criminal organization and that to entrust it with the task of border control will inevitably result in numerous injustices to both domestic residents and foreigners, it is also true that the State does something also when it decides not to do anything about border control and that, under the present circumstances, doing nothing at all in this regard will lead to even more and much graver injustices, in particular to the domestic citizenry.” – Bionic Mosquito

First off, “immigration” is a lie used to justify bigger, more powerful government. Government to be aimed at those the borderists want to aim it at, but bigger, more powerful government, regardless.

What was that main theme again? “In a fully privatized libertarian order … ‘public property’ … is the property of domestic tax-payers…”

Ummm. No. Sorry.

In a “fully privatized libertarian order” there would be no “taxes” to be paid by anyone, “domestic” or “foreign”. If there were “public property”, it would be owned by a group which voluntarily agrees to pay for its purchase and upkeep and allows the public to use the property at its whim. Not financed through theft. Not really “public”.

And this has absolutely no bearing on the borderist argument, no matter how badly they wish it did. Borderism is anti-property rights, because they believe the State’s spurious claim on my property trumps mine.

The last 3/5 of the paragraph wobbles between admitting government “border control” is a bad deal for the slaves (and others), and seeking to justify it anyway.

This is just one example of where the borderists go wrong; the examples are seemingly endless. And frustrating. All calculated to reach the conclusion that “feels” pragmatic and cozy, while avoiding the truth.

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Kent McManigal

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