Open Immigration?

There are several issues upon which we libertarians are divided. One of them, surely, concerns open immigration. I take this opportunity to offer the readers of LRC a bibliography depicting both sides of this controversy. They don’t call me Walter Moderate Block for nothing. Happy reading.

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.

On the open borders side see Berg, 2010; Block, 1983A, 1983B, 1988, 1990, 1998, 2004, 2011A, 2011B, 2013, 2015, 2016A, 2016B, 2017, 2018; Block and Callahan, 2003; Ebeling, 2015A, 2015B; Esplugas and Lora, 2010; Friedman, 1973, 2006; Gregory and Block, 2007; Hornberger, 2016A, 2016B; Hudson, 1986; Krepelka, 2010; Rothbard, 1962; Rozeff, 2005; Salin, 2000, chap. 11; Todea, 2010

Berg, Chris. 2010. “Open the borders.” Policy. Vol. 26,  No. 1, Autumn, pp. 3-7

Block, Walter E. 1983A. “How immigrants CREATE jobs,” North Shore News, p. A6, January 30;

Block, Walter E. 1983B. “Protect Canadian Jobs From Immigrants?” Dollars and Sense. January 2.

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;

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, 2001 May 25.

Block, Walter E. 2011A. “Hoppe, Kinsella and Rothbard II on Immigration: A Critique.” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol. 22, pp. 593–623;

Block, Walter E. 2011B. “Rejoinder to Hoppe on Immigration,” Journal of Libertarian Studies Vol. 22: pp. 771–792;

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;

Block, Walter E. 2016A. “Contra Hoppe and Brat on immigration.” Management Education Science Technology journal, Vol 4, No. 1, pp. 1-10;; (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; +;

Block, Walter E. 2017. “Immigration and Homesteading.” March. The Journal Jurisprudence. Vol. 35, pp. 9-42;

Block, Walter E. 2018. “A libertarian theory of immigration.” The Scientific Journal of Humanistic Studies. March, Issue18, pp.34-42;;

Block, Walter 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;

Ebeling, Richard. 2015A. “Freedom To Move: Personal Liberty or Government Control, Part I.” July 20;

Ebeling, Richard. 2015B. “Practicing Freedom: Markets, Marriage, and Migration.” August 3;

Esplugas, Albert and Manuel Lora. 2010. “Immigrants: Intruders or Guests? A reply to Hoppe and Kinsella” Journal of LibertarianSstudies, Vol. 22: 185–218;

Friedman, David D. [1973] 1995. “Open the Gates.” The Machinery of Freedom: A Guide to Radical Capitalism. La Salle, Ill.: Open Court.

Friedman, David. 2006. “Welfare and Immigration—The Other Half of the Argument,” Ideas, April 1;

Gregory, Anthony and Walter E. Block. 2007. “On Immigration: Reply to Hoppe.” Journal of Libertarian Studies, vol. 21, No. 3, Fall, pp. 25-42;

Hornberger, Jacob G. 2016. “Open Borders Is the Only Libertarian Immigration Position.” May 19;

Hornberger, Jacob G.

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Hornberger, Jacob G. 2016. “Bionic Mosquito Has It Wrong on Immigration.” May 25;

Hudson, James L. 1986. “The Philosophy of Immigration.” Journal of Libertarian Studies Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 51–62;

Krepelka, Jan. 2010. “A pure libertarian theory of immigration.” Journal of Libertarian Studies; Vol.  22: pp. 35-52

Rothbard, Murray N. (2004 [1962]). Man, Economy and State, Auburn AL: Ludwig von Mises Institute, Scholar’s Edition;; mesmes

Rozeff, Michael. 2005. “Communities, Immigration, and Decentralization.” December 14.

Salin, Pascal. 2000. “L’immigration dans une société libre” [Immigration In A Free Society]. Libéralisme. Paris: Odile Jacob.

Todea, Diana V. 2010. “A libertarian account of freedom of movement and open borders,” 2(2), The Scientific Journal of Humanistic Studies, Argonaut Publishing House, Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

For the anti open immigration side, see:

Brimelow, 1995; Hoppe, 1998, 2001, 2002;  Hospers, 1998; Kinsella, 2005; Machan, 1998;  Mosquito, 2016A, 2016B, 2016C, 2016D, 2016E, 2016F, 2016G, 2016H, 2016I, 2017A, 2017B; Rockwell, 2016; Rothbard, 1994; Simon, 1998; de Soto, 1998

Brimelow, Peter. 1995. Alien Nation: Common Sense about America’s Immigration Disaster. New York: Random House

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 1998. “The Case for Free Trade and Restricted Immigration,” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer, pp. 221-233;

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 2001. Democracy, the God that Failed: The Economics and Politics of Monarchy, Democracy and Natural Order, New Brunswick, N.J. Transaction Publishers. 159-160

Hoppe, Hans-Hermann. 2002. “Natural order, the state, and the immigration problem.” Volume 16, no. 1, Winter, pp. 75–97;

Hospers, John. 1998. “A Libertarian Argument Against Open Borders.” Journal

of Libertarian Studies 13 (2);

Kinsella, Stephan. 2005. “A Simple Libertarian Argument Against Unrestricted Immigration and Open Borders.” September 1;

Machan, Tibor. 1998.  “Immigration into a free society.” Journal of Libertarian Studies; 13:2, Summer: 199–204;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2016A.  “The Real Action is in the Reaction of the Opposition.” January 11;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2016B.  “Borders, Culture, and Decentralization.” April 9;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2016C.  “Open Borders in THIS World.” April 15;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2016D.  “Open Borders and Culture: a Reading List; April 19;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2016E.  “Libertarian Open Borders: Oxymoron in Theory and Practice.” May 16;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2016F. “Jacob Hornberger, I See You.” May 20;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2016G.  “Open Borders and the Real World.” May 24;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2016H. “Burnt Toast.” May 26;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2016I. “Thank You, Jacob.” June 1;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2017A. “How Much Mixing of Labor with Land?” May 10;

Mosquito, Bionic. 2017B. “Success.” May 12;

Rockwell, Lew. 2015. “Open Borders: A Libertarian Reappraisal.” November 10;

Rothbard, Murray N. 1994. “Nations by Consent: Decomposing the Nation-State,” Journal of Libertarian Studies; 11, no. 1, Fall;

Simon, Julian. 1998. “Are there grounds for limiting immigration?” Journal of Libertarian Studies ; 13:2, Summer: 137–152;

de Soto, Jesús Huerta. 1998. “A Libertarian Theory of Free Immigration.” The Journal of Libertarian Studies, Vol. 13, No. 2, Summer, pp. 187-197;


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