For Open-Borders Libertarians, Or: How To Invade A Libertarian Nation-State
September 2, 2012 17 Comments
Question for open-borders libertarians:
One day, a large group of men, say 500,000 strong – one might say, an ‘army’ – approaches the border on foot and in (street-legal) vehicles. They’re all wearing identical clothing, olive-green – one might call them ‘uniforms’. They carry weapons. They wish to pass.
Morally speaking, the border agents have to let them in, right? They haven’t initiated force against anyone. They haven’t violated anyone’s rights. And you don’t know that they will.
Maybe, you will get hung up on the weapons in my hypothetical. Probably it’s a crime to carry a weapon across the border or something (although, aren’t you opposed to that? If not why not?) so you have an ‘out’ here by saying they should be stopped on that basis. Very well, let’s change the hypothetical: they carry no weapons. But they have arranged for some large shipments, all legal, to some in-country destination point, and that’s where they’re all headed…
I’m pretty sure a libertarian nation-state’s government would have to conclude it has no right to prevent this sort of invasion of itself.