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Why “Open Borders” is a Dangerous Idea

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I was going to post this in the thread about "Cheddar Man" but I thought it such a good article that it deserved its own thread.

Why “Open Borders” is a Dangerous Idea
written by George Gallatin

It is my fear that the primary near-term effect will be surging tribalism. Unlimited mass migration could cripple liberal Western powers with perpetual ethnic tension, and halt their ability to effectively act on the world stage. This could cede the century to more unified authoritarian powers such as Russia and China who have drastically different value systems and views of human dignity.

The open borders philosophy is wrong, because, like the failed ideologies of the past century, it doesn’t account for unpleasant facts about human nature and society. The truth Communism missed is that human beings prefer self-interest to compelled altruism. The truth open borders advocates miss is that human societies are tribal.




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Thanks.  That was interesting.

Like with many things, the 'system' seems to think the right approach is to decide something, then force behaviours to fit in with their decision -- with legal force used to police their mandate.  It would appear to be more sensible to understand how humans behave, then adopt decisions that are supported by that behaviour -- but that approach is pretty much never taken.  

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