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People without borders

October 13, 2015

Why not? We’ve got Doctors Without Borders, Clowns Without Borders, Teachers Without Borders, Engineers Without Borders, and Reporters Without Borders.

So why have borders for anyone, regardless of his or her occupation? That’s the gist of this article by Alex Tabarrok at The Atlantic. (My emphasis below.)

The Case for Getting Rid of Borders—Completely
No defensible moral framework regards foreigners as less deserving of rights than people born in the right place at the right time.

To paraphrase Rousseau, man is born free, yet everywhere he is caged. Barbed-wire, concrete walls, and gun-toting guards confine people to the nation-state of their birth. But why? The argument for open borders is both economic and moral. All people should be free to move about the earth, uncaged by the arbitrary lines known as borders. […]

Even relatively small increases in immigration flows can have enormous benefits. If the developed world were to take in enough immigrants to enlarge its labor force by a mere one percent, it is estimated that the additional economic value created would be worth more to the migrants than all of the world’s official foreign aid combined. Immigration is the greatest anti-poverty program ever devised. […]

Kudos, Mr. Tabarrok. Well said.

And while we’re on the topic of immigration here’s a map of North America before all the illegal immigrants began pouring in (courtesy of Steve F, whose timing was perfect).

Before-illegal-immigrants

I’m still trying to figure out how this works. I mean the part where descendants of some European immigrants on the north side of a river demand that descendants of other European immigrants on the south side stay on the south side of the river. And what makes it especially puzzling is that the northern group was gifted with a statue of Liberty Enlightening the World.

I’m confused.

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