Reconciling Libertarianism with A Tough Immigration Stance

Reconciling Libertarianism with A Tough Immigration Stance

Today Vox Day published a piece titled “The End of Libertarianism”. He isn’t the first person, nor will he be the last to criticise the stance of many libertarians on the issues having to do with demographics. The principled libertarian position is typically in favour of the so-called freedom of movement, meaning that people should be able to emigrate to whatever country they desire. Governmental immigration restrictions are typically frowned upon as contrary to libertarian principles.

Some libertarians have made contrary arguments opposing “open border” policies, although they have (at least until recently) been a tiny minority within the greater freedom movement. I think the fundamental problem arises when the two groups talk around each other. The principled open borders stance is not incorrect. The problem comes when the principled position is applied to the world of today in the statist paradigm that unfortunately currently rules over us.

Once we achieve freedom from government I have no problems with the open borders position. But, and that is a big but, as long as we live in a compromised world where the government exists libertarians has skin in the game in regard to what kind of people come into our countries and the West in general. There are real differences between ethnic groups in terms of IQ, welfare usage, political leanings and so on.

In practice libertarianism and ethno-nationalists and the alt-right should be allies up to a point. From a consequentialist standpoint, it is self-defeating to invite migrants that favour big government and an increase in the welfare state. Such policies take us farther away from the eventual goal of achieving a free society. We have to acknowledge this fact. The consequences are real.

It would be a mistake to play by a different set of rules than the government. As long as demographics has such a fundamental and critical role to play in our pursuit of freedom, we must have a united opinion on the subject. It would be grossly irresponsible to retreat to our ivory tower clinging desperately to the open borders stance while ignoring the current situation on the ground.

People critical of libertarianism as it currently stands such as Vox Day are correct in pointing out the flaws of libertarians taking this approach. I believe that libertarians could benefit from injecting a big dose of reality and learning the art of prioritization. Criticism of fractional reserve banking is all wall and good, but this is not the time for it. When your life raft is leaking, you don’t worry about your pension plan, you start bailing water!

At the same time, it a wholesale rejection of libertarianism would be throwing the baby out with the bathwater. The pursuit of intellectual ideas is a continual process, like science. It is not about conclusions forever set in stone. Even though the basic principles are, the road we take to get there is open for negotiation. Libertarians should seek out natural allies with other intellectual movements that favour free speech and demographic awareness. Once those are secured we can have the argument about our differences of end goals.

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