Cue the #BuildtheWall chants and Pepe memes because we’re going to be discussing walls at length. In all seriousness though, this post is centered around borders as they are enforced by the State. Of course, a wall is now the preferred method of protecting such a border. Now this particular article is not aimed at those conservatives (Statists) who support having such a wall. This article is aimed directly at those “libertarians’ who justify a state enforced border because they don’t understand it or don’t believe that society can exist without it. Also these people label themselves as “Libertarians” because they don’t believe in the government doing anything else except that border. Hence the name “Bordertarians”, which I will refer to them as.
Pro and Cons of Borders
Obviously, I am going acknowledge that borders have at least one pro but it has nothing to do with the State. They make a good organizational structure in which to view world. Borders do have their place within the context of individual’s property rights which I will get to later. The cons of borders are many, you can see it right here in America. People will cross them illegally. The border is expensive to maintain, with border patrol agents, surveillance, and potentially walls. The border can also create a lot of unnecessary violence especially when trying to enforce it. Yes, some of these cons do exist even without the State being involved, its just the nature of a border.
Cognitive Dissonance: Give Liberty or Give me Walls.
My biggest problem with bordertarians is that they won’t admit to being closeted Republicans at worst, at best they are minarchists. Hear me out: It doesn’t matter what your other beliefs are, but if you justify anything with state backed laws or power then you aren’t really a libertarian. The same goes for borders. I’m not saying you have be totally against borders. You have to be against STATE enforced borders. This is what many bordertarians fail to grasp is that anything the STATE enforces is a form of statistism. That being said there is a way to be for borders without the state which I’ll get to in a second. The other issue often brought up with borders and walls is that of the welfare state. Some bordertarians advocate that cutting the welfare state would fix the border problems. Obviously, not handing out free money is a good start. However, typically people will flock to a prosperous economic country with jobs. As you can imagine, a country without a welfare state probably has a decent economy or at least it should in theory because otherwise everyone is dying. My point is that the state should always be eliminated in every aspect and facet of society.
Private Property: Real Borders
Now let me discuss an acceptable form of borders which all true libertarians should support. Bordertarians justify the state to enforce imaginary borders that have no real backing behind them. The real case for borders is via private property. Individuals have the right to own property which is including but not limited to themselves, land, other possessions. This means that individuals have “borders” and in this case it means natural rights. The individual’s property is their natural rights. Other individuals should not and cannot violate the “borders” or natural rights of other individuals. These are the only borders that libertarians support.
Conclusion: Just the Tip: NOT EVEN ONCE
The point of this post is to say that support of anything state enforce is not true libertarianism because the whole point is to reduce government to nothing. We can’t keep giving the government MORE responsibility it can’t handle. Let’s face it, the government does a poor job of handling the border. There are 11 million illegal immigrants in the country and counting. The problem is that government would rather illegals come here than actually help the one’s that do the process legally. Its very frustrating to see because of many of the legal immigrants are harder working than Americans. We don’t need state enforced borders, we need private property rights and the right to defend it. That will work better than any state run border.
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