March 6, 2014 Leave a comment
The fact remains, however, that most of the Third World’s poor could escape poverty if First World governments respected their basic human right to sell their labor to willing First World employers.
Which First World governments are these that won’t let a First World employer hire someone who lives in a Third World place? I had been given to understand that First World employers do this in droves, e.g. hire some people who live in India to work their phone tech support. Happens all the time, no?
If there are barriers to doing this they generally don’t come from First World governments, I imagine they’d mostly come from the host government (imposing cultural regulations, requiring bribes) or from First World busybody lefty activists (complaining about exploitation/sweatshops).
OH. Oh. Caplan means to say that Third World’s poor could escape poverty if First World governments would allow unrestricted immigration . Huh. Why does he use the words ‘respected their basic human right to sell their labor to willing First World employers’ when he means ‘allowed unrestricted immigration’? Doesn’t he know that those are different, independent, orthogonal concepts that do not coincide?
Yes. Yes he does. He knows that full well. He is simply intellectually dishonest on this subject and so he pretends not to. And as long as you keep doing that, I’m going to keep writing this post, Bryan Caplan.
For the record, I, like Caplan, would lift any ban(s) of ‘employment contracts between citizens and foreigners’ that may exist.