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If you believe in freedom, then you should support Open Borders.

Immigrants labor lowers our “real” costs of living. Immigrant labor, whether “legal” or “Illegal” reduces the costs of construction, food, maintenance, … and on and on.

Submitted by Mousumi Roy…

History is a great laboratory because so many data are available. Open Borders makes sense, both economically and socially. Immigration. The idea that more than a handful of immigrants come-for government handouts is simply inconsistent with the facts. The reality? Immigrants labor lowers our “real” costs of living. Immigrant labor, whether “legal” or “Illegal” reduces the costs of construction, food, maintenance, … and on and on. An incredibly long list.

I studied the immigration issue even more seriously while in graduate school. Having considered this issue for a long time, barring people who primarily intend to come to work and improve their lives and the lives of their children has been, like our “War on Foods”, a waste of resources and taxpayer money.

Overpopulation? Urban areas all over the world seem overpopulated, but would it have been reasonable to ban movements of rural into big cities across the past 200 years? Or to have prevented urban sprawl by forbidding city dwellers from migrating into the suburbs after WWII? Either approach would have been silly.

China criminalized rural to urban migration for more than five decades following WWII. That policy proved as catastrophic as its ‘one child” dictum. Further: “Blending” goes both ways. Immigrants and their children are far more likely than “born Americans” to become entrepreneurs or doctors or inventors or engineers.

Another major benefit: We have many more good choices about food, music, and art because of waves of immigration. Think about this: My parents considered bread “foreign food.” Life is now far better, and richer, and more varied for the vast majority of folks.

Dating back to biblical times, many early thinkers viewed commodity production as being the only ‘true’ production. In the 18th century, French physiocrats argued that all value ultimately derives from natural resources — land. More modern views of production and value originated in the late 19th Century with neoclassical marginalism, when calculus broadened insights into a lot of economic theory. Prominent early theorists who used calculus extensively included the Austrian Carl Menger, the Lausanne general equilibrium theorist Léon Walras, and William Stanley Jevons, an English mathematician and economic theorist.

An economic definition: PRODUCTION occurs when knowledge—or technology—is used to apply energy to transform materials in ways that make the materials more valuable in satisfying human wants. Increased value is the key here. Productive enhancements in value may occur in form, place, time, or ownership.

Examples: Place: A driver and truck and fuel are productive when hauling place to place where the product will be more highly valued. Time: The time value of wheat harvested in late summer increases when the wheat is stored, so that it will be available in January, in the winter. Ownership: A realtor is productive when conveying the ownership of a house from a homeowner who values the house less than does the subsequent buyer. Successful speculators and arbitrageurs also tend to enhance the total value of world production — though frequently by less than the income they extract from these processes.

The rich Middle East despotisms are not more open to immigration than almost any place on earth. Those countries do not welcome immigrants. They welcome laborers who are granted only limited rights and who can be deported at will.

Immigration tends to enhance value in the Middle East. Misrepresentation of opportunities and then compulsion is an exception. The cruel exploitation of workers from Indonesia and India and the Philippines is an institutional problem in the Middle East, or anywhere, and is separate from issues about flows of human resources across political boundaries. People’s lives are usually enhanced by their ability to voluntarily relocate. Apparently, voluntary can sometimes be okay. Being pimped by force is never okay. Petro-despotism is a cruel structure for most citizens, and even worse for almost all non-citizens. Tends to perform well for the local ‘royalty.’ The only non-citizens who tend to do well are foreign military personnel or foreign diplomats or executives for international firms that operate within these countries…

Food, clothing, and shelter seem to be basic human rights, from my perspective. This is not a matter of voting. Should some children, because of circumstances of their birth, be doomed to very short and miserable lives without adequate food, clothing, and shelter? And without access to health care, and a reasonably good education? I don’t see this issue as appropriately dependent on a vote by tax payers. These issues hinge on ‘natural law’.

Human life is now far less imperiled by violence, either domestic or foreign, than it was in earlier times. In 1900, the average Human lifespan was less than 50 years. Now, men live, on average to about 75, and women’s longevity is, on average, 82+. My sense is that rates of honesty or dishonesty haven’t changed. But dishonesty is far more publicized. The 24-hour news cycle leaves the media starving for sensationalism. But the statistics are still relatively straightforward. Nothing is definitely safe. Nowhere. Still, the statistics are irrefutable. We live longer, on average, than at any time in history. Overall, average longevity has increased by about 60% during the past century. Harmed by foreigners? Statistically, we are much more endangered by people born and raised. Rates of violent crime by unauthorized immigrants are lower. It is impossible to absolutely guarantee perfect safety.

Not many can be as defiantly flint-hearted as Ebeneezer Scrooge. They would much prefer to be seen as benefactors, offering tough love. If they had a megaphone they would speak to the poor, and cry: “Arbeit macht frei!” Meanwhile, as has been the case historically, the poor are poor not because they are lazy and immoral, but because of systemic flaws, including but not limited to, a lack of well-paying jobs…

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Dee Cee
January 15, 2020

From the mouth of someone who hails from one of a few high population nation states supplying most of the world’s dirt-cheap labor. One can only imagine what it would be like if India could support its whole population with good paying jobs INSIDE the country, rather than exporting their, admittedly incredible talent overseas to outcompete the locals for the same work… and sending large portions of their paychecks back to India (tax free) to support the unemployed families back home. Great idea. There’s freedom for ya!

Glock-enspiel
Glock-enspiel
January 15, 2020

No, I see firsthand the results of illiterate, low trust people being allowed to stay in the US on 1-year visas and ‘immigration hearing’ notices, and the Tower of Babel chaos, increased crime and welfare largess needed to sustain these ‘freedom seekers’ is not worth it by any means. It only benefits the ruling class by increasing rent costs, expanding ‘social services’ ( for non-whites only ) and pays huge dividends to liberal NGO’s.

Clarity
Clarity
January 15, 2020

Sounds good in theory. In reality migrants are held up in a groundhog-day style of bureaucratic nightmare, not even allowed to work, until the system can fit them into some sort of classification. Some sit in limbo for years, never working, because not allowed to, until eventually recognized or deported. During this time they consume, stoking the local economy. And also the economy back home by living frugally on gov hand-outs so that they can send a little bit back to those they left behind. But in the western world these kind of migrants don’t meet a much better fate… Read more »

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
Reply to  Clarity
January 16, 2020

Re “…open borders which strains the host system, and which will eventually adopt the lowest common denominator for itself and thus ends up recreating the conditions the migration tried to escape from.” Also “Life needs to get better THERE.” Exactly. And the skilled and well-educated need to stay there to do the job of making it better instead of leaving for “a better life” somewhere else. If well-educated migrants leave their homeland they will, as you point out, help to recreate the conditions elsewhere that they tried to escape from, and also worsen the conditions for those left behind who… Read more »

Helen B
January 15, 2020

Written by a young person who has drunk the globalist koolaid.
No thank you dear, without love of country and pride in culture, we are all just slaves to the 1%. Back to the future, thank you.

amot
amot
January 15, 2020

….’reduces the costs of living, of construction, food, maintenance… and on and on’……&…..’the poor are poor. [due to] ……a lack of well-paying jobs’
But a large part of the cost of living is labour for services which you applaud as falling?
Yet you also want higher labour service costs?
You want lower costs and higher costs?
How does that work?
Sounds like you want cheap immigrant labour and dream jobs for native people
Opposing items.

Duran – I’m surprised you published this

Rick Oliver
Rick Oliver
January 15, 2020

No , open borders does not work !!! Weve all seen the devastation and animal behaviour of what happens when open borders were forced onto the EU countries ! Can you imagine if left unguarded , the multi millions of non skilled immigrants , raping and murdering their way through these countries ! the populations would be enormous , just what the greedy business owner wants , so they can employ the lowest grade workers and pay a pittance for their labor , in other words , " slave labor " !! Gutless Governments did not help the local population… Read more »

Smoking Eagle
Smoking Eagle
January 16, 2020

No. Just plain no. I don’t even want open borders in Europe, for heaven’s sake, let alone open borders between continents. Individual countries are better off by far when they can control their own borders. The EU is an outstanding example of how open borders do not work.

Lawrence Orr
January 18, 2020

This idiot doesn’t know what there are talking about. The only way you can build a decent society, that works for everyone in a country is by having closed borders. This idiot clearly doesn’t realise that, obviously never experianced this method. The business community is in favour of these haphazard societies because they can easily exploit weak societies, but if the society is prudent enough to have built in sound structures protecting their citizens, then that society will grow and grow. However, immigrants should never be tolerated because it is harmful to any well organised society.

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