My GMU Econ colleague, writing in The Atlantic, makes a powerful case – one that is economically and ethically sound and right – for eliminating national borders. Nation-states and their vile practice of restricting immigration and emigration – that is, of restricting people’s freedom to move and to associate with whomever they please – are atavistic. Here’s Alex’s conclusion:
Closed borders are one of the world’s greatest moral failings but the opening of borders is the world’s greatest economic opportunity. The grandest moral revolutions in history—the abolition of slavery, the securing of religious freedom, the recognition of the rights of women—yielded a world in which virtually everyone was better off. They also demonstrated that the fears that had perpetuated these injustices were unfounded. Similarly, a planet unscarred by iron curtains is not only a world of greater equality and justice. It is a world unafraid of itself.