Finally: Murphy On Immigration

I’ve known for years that there were writers in the Lew Rockwell universe who opposed Rockwell’s anti-immigration stance. Gene Callahan once told me he didn’t submit immigration pieces to Rockwell because he didn’t think they were welcome. Callahan has now published over 150 articles at Lew’s place without, to my knowledge, ever once contesting the house position on immigration.

Well, there must be a blue moon because Mises.org has finally seen fit to prominently feature an anti-anti-immigration piece by Bob Murphy.

Perhaps Callahan and others will now take up the subject at LRC and Mises.org.

2 thoughts on “Finally: Murphy On Immigration”

  1. I was reading the October issue of Liberty and was very disappointed when I came across the articles on immigration. Even though they were supposedly considering all the positions (“yes, no and maybe”), the “yes” was based on some weak, pseudo-utilitarian argument, rather than property rights.

    As for Cox, his argument for “no” was also baseless and ignored the issue of property rights and the immorality and injustice of denying willful contractual relationships between individuals simply because of their citizenship/immigration status.

    I am glad to see someone as well regarded as Bob Murphy over at the Mises Institute lay it straight. The Hoppeian argument, as he points out at the end of his article and as I tried to explain to a friend who is libertarianly-inconsistent on immigration, is extremely weak, disregards property rights and basically sets libertarians up to have some kind of federal back-door escape plan for just about any argument. The “logic” behind the Hoppeian position on immigration can lead to apologetics for just about any other form of federal intervention.

    How can that possibly be libertarian?

    Well done to Bob Murphy!

  2. Another immigration problem:


    “How do Thai people like you feel about it now, two weeks later?” I ask Pui, who works behind a bar in downtown Bangkok and has frequently been to Phuket on business.

    “The ghosts are a problem,” she replies without hesitation.

    “Thai people hate ghosts and now Phuket is full of them. I won’t go down there again.”

    Other girls at the bar corroborate. The grapevine is alive with ghost stories: the fisherman on Phi Phi Island who heard a large group of Westerners calling for help, but when he looked saw nobody; the tuk-tuk driver on Phuket who stopped for five tourists hailing his motorized rickshaw, then, when he looked behind him into the tuk-tuk, found no passengers.

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