The Case for Open Borders
A Free Society
Free to All
Clearly not a definitive proof,
but it's proof enough for me.
Arguments in Favor of Open Borders
In short, immigration benefits the host country
- Raising a child is expensive.
- Emigration is a net drain to the source country.
- Immigration is a net gain to the destination country.
- Every additional worker adds to the economy.
- Workers better than the average (H1 visa, etc.) add to the average skill base.
- While, inferior workers make for wonderful slaves... er, I mean manuals.
- Someone's got to wash those dishes and trim those lawns.
- If you're not with us, you're against us.
- If that aforementioned better worker is not taking a job here, they will be taking a job elsewhere (as in outsourcing it overseas).
- So, to some extent, excluding better workers, basically means one desires inferior leaders, managers, and innovators than would otherwise be the case.
- Success breeds success.
- This is the notion of Critical Mass.
- More brains, means more networking, means reduced cost of innovation.
- This is the reason for conferences, professional societies, and in former times, salons.
- Cultural Imperialism works.
- English is the international language of trade.
- The Dollar is the default international currency.
- Let The American Way be the default cultural norm throughout the world.
- It is not possible to visit a country without absorbing some of it's values.
- Thus, foreign born workers slowly become indistinguishable from natives.
- And even if they ultimately go home, they will bring those learned values with them.
Arguments Against Open Borders: refuted...
The only thing to fear is fear itself.
or so said some Scrappy British Dude
- Foreign workers will take jobs away from those naturally born in America.
- If one is better than the foreign born, they will become the foreign born's supervisor.
- And if the foreign born are more skilled, then those who would be workers anyway will be lucky enough to have better bosses than they might otherwise have had.
- Foreign born nationals will dilute what it means to be an American.
- If we take it as self evident that the American Way is the best way, then we can suppose the vast majority of immigrants (being a reasonable sort of people, looking for a better way of life) will eagerly adopt the American Way.
- And if their way is better, is it not the American Way to adopt that, too?
- I for one enjoy The Great Experiment, the Melting Pot that is America.
- Terrorism, need one say more?
- But either our law enforcement is effective or it is not.
- And if not, perhaps it should be.
So, case closed, problem solved.
On to the next one...
Emotionally, I have mixed feelings.
Cognitively, I know Open Borders is the Superior Solution.
© copyright 2015 Brett Paufler