David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
The Independent Review 15 (4):540-561 (2011)
Could we plausibly believe in the fundamental tenets of classical liberalism and, at the same time, support the state’s raising of immigration barriers? The thesis of this paper is that if we accept the main tenets of classical liberalism as essentially correct, we should regard immigration barriers as essentially illegitimate. Considered under ideal conditions, immigration barriers constitute an unjustified infringement on individuals’ ownership rights, since it is difficult to identify a purpose that such an infringement could have that would outweigh the disadvantages created by eliminating important competitive pressures on governments. Considered under nonideal conditions, the problem is, roughly, that immigration barriers cannot be seen as the choice of a lesser evil in the face of either an expected extension of the redistributive state or an expected threat on liberal institutions. On the contrary, since they relax the constraints faced by governments, immigration barriers should be seen as a major contributor in creating the conditions for the perpetuation of the sort of political arrangements that classical liberals resist. If individual sovereignty is to be protected, the sovereignty of the state over a particular territory should not include a prerogative to determine who is to inhabit it.
|Keywords||classical liberalism immigration|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Matthew Lister (2010). Immigration, Association, and the Family. Law and Philosophy 29 (6):717-745.
Kris W. Kobach, Reinforcing the Rule of Law: What States Can and Should Do to Reduce Illegal Immigration.
Ian Davies (2009). Latino Immigration and Social Change in the United States: Toward an Ethical Immigration Policy. [REVIEW] Journal of Business Ethics 88 (2):377 - 391.
Mathias Risse (2008). On the Morality of Immigration. Ethics and International Affairs 22 (1):25–33.
David B. Thronson, Custody and Contradictions: Exploring Immigration Law as Federal Family Law in the Context of Child Custody.
Philip Cafaro & Winthrop Staples Iii (2009). The Environmental Argument for Reducing Immigration Into the United States. Environmental Ethics 31 (1):5-30.
Mason Richey (2010). Towards a Non-Positivist Approach to Cosmopolitan Immigration: A Critique of the Inclusion/Exclusion Dialectic and an Analysis of Selected European Immigration Policies. Journal of International and Area Studies 17 (1):55-74.
Uma Narayan (1995). "Male-Order" Brides: Immigrant Women, Domestic Violence and Immigration Law. Hypatia 10 (1):104 - 119.
Sune Lægaard (2010). What is the Right to Exclude Immigrants? Res Publica 16 (3):245-262.
Noah J. Stanzione, Toward a Greekish Model: How the Concept of 'Guest-Friendship' Can Inform Our Modern Immigration Crisis.
Diana Todea (2010). Libertarianism and Immigration. Libertarian Papers 2.
Peter Higgins (2009). Immigration Justice: A Principle for Selecting Just Admissions Policies. Social Philosophy Today 25:149-162.
Samuel Scheffler (2010). Equality and Tradition: Questions of Value in Moral and Political Theory. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2011-01-07
Total downloads50 ( #82,238 of 1,792,082 )
Recent downloads (6 months)2 ( #344,937 of 1,792,082 )
How can I increase my downloads?