I would be nice if Jacob Hornberger would stick to foreign intervention, the drug war, and the like.
Two articles from yesterday’s daily. First, his own: Immigration Socialism Produces More Death and Suffering:
A few days ago, eight undocumented immigrants died from heat exhaustion while being illegally transported in the back of a tractor-trailer in South Texas. Dozens were severely injured, with some expected to have permanent brain damage.
It is a tragic incident, no doubt.
In a free-market system, immigrants would be free to cross borders back and forth using the normal means of transportation — cars, busses, planes, and trains.
I agree…like one million percent.
But we don’t have a free market system; in a free market system, for one thing we would have borders – not the kind to which Hornberger refers.
The basis of the free market is private property; without private property there is no free market. As even Walter Block now recognizes, without private property, you cannot have open borders consistent with libertarian theory (at least he recognizes it for now; he offered a future reply and I will not conclude anything further regarding his view until then).
I will come back to the idea of free markets once I deal with Hornberger’s second offering from yesterday. It is from The New York Times, entitled Without Visas, Carnival Workers Are Trapped at Home in Mexico.
Now…just think for a minute about that title. Think about a libertarian world. Think about the point made above, regarding private property.
Let me state this bluntly: in a free market, without permission from the neighboring landowner EVERYONE is trapped at home. Home is the only place where we have free movement; home is the only place where one can have open borders – if one chooses to be so foolish.
In case you think I am being too harsh or hard-headed, I offer something further, from The New York Times piece (apparently the trendsetter in libertarian theory now):
“They say we are taking jobs from the Americans,” said Mr. Trujillo, who has worked the last four carnival seasons in New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Carnival work is “really hard,” he said, adding, “Americans don’t want to do it.”
Of course Americans don’t want to do this work – shoveling animal dung and bucketing vomit. Americans get paid well to stay at home and do nothing. Absent this non-free-market income, there would be plenty of Americans willing to shovel sh!7.
There are no free markets. Absent free markets, there is no possibility to conclude a libertarian position regarding state borders – and certainly not that the only libertarian position is open borders.
Jacob Hornberger is great on foreign intervention, the drug war, and other such topics. Enough said.