Deport ‘Em All?

I anxiously await some brave conservative to take a radical deportation line. What do I mean by that? Something along the following lines: The next Pakistani to blow up a bunch of innocent people in our fair land? We will deport ALL Pakistanis back to Pakistan. It will not matter if they are recent arrivals from that country, or children or grandchildren from that there. They will ALL be deported. That is, ALL of them, the innocents along with the guilty. The next Libyan to run down with a truck innocent people in our fair land? We will deport ALL Libyans back to Libya. It will not matter if they are recent arrivals from that country, or children or grandchildren from there. They will ALL be deported. That is, ALL of them, the innocents along with the guilty. The next Afghani, Syrian or Tunisian to engage in mass murder of innocent people in our fair land, whether by knife or bullet? We will deport ALL nationals back to those countries. It will not matter if they are recent arrivals from those countries, or children or grandchildren from there. They will ALL be deported. That is, ALL of them, the innocents along with the guilty. Ditto for every other nation.

So far, no one has said that. Ann Coulter (http://www.vdare.com/articles/ann-coulter-all-we-need-is-love-and-deportations?content=didn%E2%80%99t%20expect%20that) came pretty close, but she didn’t quite make it. (She only called for the deportation of the guilty, not their entire families; not all fellow countrymen).

Would such a threat be compatible with libertarianism? Of course not. It would be no more compatible with this philosophy than when a 22 year old engages in such uncivilized behavior to deport all 22 year olds. Or, when a man does so, to deport all men. Libertarian punishment theory focusses only on the guilty. But, still, I anxiously await some brave soul to mention this possibility. It would be fun to witness the wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of our progressive friends in response to such a threat.

What, then, is the conservative solution to the problem? Why, to stop any and all immigration from any and all of the countries from whence these mass murderers emanate. As Ann Coulter says, “Poland doesn’t admit Muslims: It has no terrorism. Japan doesn’t admit Muslims: It has no terrorism. The United Kingdom and the United States used to have very few Muslims: They used to have almost no terrorism.” Yes, yes, most Muslims are not mass murderers; only a very few are suicide bombers. But, most mass murderers (apart from governments, of course), at least the ones now besetting the U.S. and Western Europe, are.

But, what of innocent immigrants who, say, homestead unowned parts of the country, say in the midst of the Rocky mountains in Wyoming, or in the middle of Alaska somewhere? The answer is to privatize every square inch of the targeted country. Then, when an uninvited immigrant crosses our borders (I am speaking now as a limited government libertarian, or minarchist), he could be turned back on the ground of trespassing. But, until and unless this occurs, there is no way to protect the recipient country that is fully compatible with libertarianism.

For further reading on this claim, see the following:

Block, 1983A, 1983B, 1988, 1990, 1998, 2004, 2011A, 2011B, 2013, 2016A, 2016B, 2017; Block and Callahan, 2003; Deist, 2018; Gregory and Block, 2007;

Block, Walter E. 1983A. “How immigrants CREATE jobs,” North Shore News, p. A6, January 30; http://tinyurl.com/2xklvn

Block, Walter E. 1983B. “Protect Canadian Jobs From Immigrants?” Dollars and Sense. February 7; reprinted in Block, Walter E. 2008. Labor Economics from a Free Market Perspective: Employing the Unemployable. London, UK: World Scientific Publishing; http://www.amazon.ca/Labor-Economics-Free-Market Perspective/dp/9812705686/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336603241&sr=1-7;
Available for free here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B00FX9dsY4zJNXU5SmVKYVBQOWs/edit?usp=sharing;
http://direitasja.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/labor-economics-from-a-free-market-perspective-walter-block.pdf

Block, Walter E. 1988. Dollars and Sense: “Migration patterns tell real story.” January 12;

Block, Walter E. 1990. “Immigration,” Fraser Forum, January, pp. 22-23.

Block, Walter E. 1998. “A Libertarian Case for Free Immigration,” Journal of Libertarian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Review, Vol. 13, No. 2, summer, pp. 167-186; http://www.mises.org/journals/jls/13_2/13_2_4.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2004. “The State Was a Mistake.” Book review of Hoppe, Han-Hermann, Democracy, The God that Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy and Natural Order, 2001May 25. http://www.mises.org/fullstory.asp?control=1522

Block, Walter E. 2011A. “Hoppe, Kinsella and Rothbard II on Immigration: A Critique.” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 593–623; http://mises.org/journals/jls/22_1/22_1_29.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2011B. “Rejoinder to Hoppe on Immigration,” Journal of Libertarian Studies Vol. 22: pp. 771–792; http://mises.org/journals/jls/22_1/22_1_38.pdf

Block, Walter E. 2013. “Rejoinder to Todea on the ‘Open’ Contract of Immigration.” The Scientific Journal of Humanistic Studies, Vol. 8, No. 5, March, pp. 52-55

Block, Walter E. 2015. “On immigration.” December 21;
http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2015/12/walter-block-on-immigration.html

Block, Walter E. 2016A. “Contra Hoppe and Brat on immigration.” Management Education Science Technology journal, Vol 4, No. 1, pp. 1-10; http://mest.meste.org/MEST_1_2016/Sadrzaj_eng.html; http://mest.meste.org/MEST_1_2016/7_01.pdf; (1333)

Block, Walter E. 2016B. “A response to the libertarian critics of open-borders libertarianism,” Lincoln Memorial University Law Review; Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 142-165; http://digitalcommons.lmunet.edu/lmulrev/vol4/iss1/6/;
http://digitalcommons.lmunet.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1071&context=lmulrev

Block, Walter E. 2017. “Immigration and Homesteading.” March. The Journal Jurisprudence. Vol. 35, pp. 9-42; http://www.jurisprudence.com.au/juris35/block.pdf

Block, Walter E. and Gene Callahan. 2003. “Is There a Right to Immigration? A Libertarian Perspective,” Human Rights Review. Vol. 5, No. 1, October-December, pp. 46-71; http://www.walterblock.com/publications/block-callahan_right-immigrate-2003.pdf

Deist, Jeff. 2018. “Block on immigration.” September 4;
https://mises.org/library/immigration-roundtable-walter-block

Gregory, Anthony and Walter E. Block. 2007. “On Immigration: Reply to Hoppe.” Journal of Libertarian Studies, vol. 21, No. 3, Fall, pp. 25-42; http://mises.org/journals/jls/21_3/21_3_2.pdf; http://www.academia.edu/1360109/On_Immigration_Reply_to_Hoppe;
https://mises.org/system/tdf/21_3_2.pdf?file=1&type=document

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