Open Borders and Private Property Rights


Libertarians generally believe that free trade and open borders or free immigration are the same. But, some libertarians disagree with this position, arguing that open borders is coercion and a violation of private property. The libertarian position has to be based on private property and voluntary transactions, not coercion. Even in the Center we disagree on this point.

The anti-open borders position was recently discussed at The Mises Institute. To learn more about the open borders position, read “A Radical Case for Open Borders” by Bryan Caplan and Vipul Naik, p. 180, in Ben Powell’s new book Ben Powell, The Economics of Immigration: Market-Based Approaches, Social Science, and Public Policy.

Ben Powell will be visiting the CSEL March 15-16.