Libertarians and immigration; absent the state, the answer is easy. In today’s world, every second-best answer is a compromise; some second-best answers offer worse.
Jacob Hornberger offers his thoughts. I do not intend to go into a line-by-line analysis; I am of the view that finding libertarian purity on this issue in this world is a fool’s errand. Instead, I offer one snippet:
There’s one big problem, however, for libertarians who support immigration controls: The enforcement of immigration laws entails socialism, police-state totalitarianism, and infringements on economic liberty. That means, obviously, that libertarians who support immigration controls are, at the same time, supporting socialism, police-state totalitarianism, and infringements on the exercise of economic liberty.
Is that a good thing?
I freely admit it isn’t a pure thing. But “a good thing?” Compared to what? The option of a private market for immigration decision-making and enforcement does not exist (and there would be a private market for this, not in violation of the NAP). Thereafter, we are stuck with second best options for those libertarians who do not believe that their property or their neighborhood (with the neighbors’ agreement) should be freely open to all bipeds.
I will offer Mr. Hornberger my Mr. BHNC libertarian test; in order to not personalize such a dreadful thought, I will modify my customary practice regarding this test.
Mr. Hornberger’s best friend calls him with horrible news. His friend’s wife and children have been murdered. Mr. Hornberger, despite knowing that government law-enforcement and judicial agents offer the only means to achieve justice and punishment (at least not including means that will put his friend in jail), in any case tells his best friend the following:
There’s one big problem, however, for libertarians who support calling the police and using state district attorneys and courts in this circumstance: The investigation and adjudication of a murder case entails socialism, police-state totalitarianism, and infringements on economic liberty. That means, obviously, that libertarians who support such investigations and adjudications are, at the same time, supporting socialism, police-state totalitarianism, and infringements on the exercise of economic liberty.
Is that a good thing? Compared to what? Not bringing the murderer to justice?
Libertarian theory is easy (most of the time). Putting libertarian theory to practice in today’s world, not so much – every libertarian makes compromises every day; this is unavoidable (well, you can hand me your FRNs if you are so pure in practice).
I have the right to keep people off of my property; I therefore have the right to hire an agent to perform this task. As I have no choice about the agent…well, I am being repetitive to my prior posts on this topic.
I will only add a minor point, and one that I will not address at this time:
Libertarians pride themselves for being about freedom. …libertarians…support the right to do “anything that’s peaceful.”
Something always sticks in my gut whenever I read these, especially the “anything that’s peaceful” thing. I am not sure exactly what, and maybe my gut is wrong. Someday I might dive into it.