Scott Rosen, on Lewrockwell.com:
Of course, for libertarians, all of this does raise another important question: What should be done about this unnatural influx of immigrants? The optimal solution would be to eliminate all public property and services, abolish the welfare state, and abolish all restrictions on how private property owners and local communities may govern themselves. This, however, is highly unlikely.
While there is room for debate on an imperfect solution to the issue, it would probably be best to emulate a private property system by permitting the states and localities to restrict entry to only those it feels would be of benefit to the community.
Did you get that? Rosen is suggesting that the government emulate a private property system. That would “probably be best” as an “imperfect solution”.
Think: how would Scott Rosen have the government go about emulating private property? Which properties would be protected? What rules would he have put into place? Who decides all of this, and how? The answer is that it can’t be done.
Now it’s fair to note that Rosen in fact says he wants to abolish government as a first solution, but he says that doing so is “highly unlikely”. That’s quite true, and I won’t dispute it. I’d merely note that the only thing more unlikely than the abolition of government is central planners creating a successful emulation of the free market.
Ludwig von Mises showed that socialist calculation isn’t possible:
Only because of the fact that technical considerations can be based on profitability can we overcome the difficulty arising from the complexity of the relations between the mighty system of present-day production on the one hand and demand and the efficiency of enterprises and economic units on the other; and can we gain the complete picture of the situation in its totality, which rational economic activity requires.
Government not only won’t, but can’t “emulate” a free market. Central planning isn’t an “imperfect solution”, it’s no solution at all. The solution to concerns about immigration isn’t even further collectivization of property, even more central control, another layer of socialism pasted on top of all of the others in the vain hope that this time, the planners will get it right.
The solution is a free market.