The Recent Entertaining Open Border Tiff Among Libertarians

When I started my blog, I intended to publish one post a week. I soon changed it to two essays per week, a midweek one and a weekend one. I have to make an exception this week, and publish three.

Yesterday, May 31, I published a post entitled Hornberger and Open Borders. Apparently, Jacob Hornberger and the blogger “Bionic Mosquito” (Jonathan Goodwin) have been internet sniping at each other concerning open borders. (I had previously heard of the Bionic Mosquito blog, but never followed it). I shall now reduce their 6 articles totaling about 24 pages into the is blog post!

It appears that it began on Bionic Mosquito’s blog on May 14 with a post entitled Libertarian Open Borders: An Oxymoron in Theory and Practice. The BM argued that with a welfare state open borders will result in more government -very un-libertarian. Hornberger then posted an essay on the website of his organization (the Future of Freedom Foundation) on May 19 entitled Open Borders Is The Only Libertarian Immigration Position. I addressed this article by Hornberger in yesterday’s post.

Then, on May 20, the Bionic Mosquito (BM) posted an article on his blog titled Jacob Hornberger, I See You. I believe it was also published on Lew Rockwell’s website, with a less juvenile title. BM states that he believes that Hornberger’s May 19 article was aimed at him, and BM argues that Hornberger’s theoretical situation of invitation of one individual rancher to another to cross the border for dinner at a private residence does not equate to a government simply opening the borders to all immigrants.

On May 25, Hornberger issued a rebuttal on the FFF website titled Bionic Mosquito Has It Wrong On Immigration. Hornberger points out that he and BM agree that open borders is the libertarian position.

  At this point it becomes clear that we are dealing with a libertarian anarchist (no borders and no governments) versus a limited government libertarian (with an unguarded and fenceless fantasy border that people may cross at will for any reason whatsoever). Hornbegrer’s article also claims, under the sub point “America’s heritage of open borders”, that America’s “founding principles” on immigration was to let in and never repatriate anyone who could escape to America  for a better life. Really? Allow them to stay, maybe; allow them to be citizens, absolutely not! The first two naturalization laws passed into law by the U.S. Congress, in 1790 and 1795, specified that only a “free white person” was eligible for naturalization/citizenship.

Hornberger further argues that despite the initial costs, massive immigration is actually good for a country financially. Hornberger’s lengthy article also manages to mention NS Germany and the holy number 6 million. Are you entertained yet?

Not to be outdone, on May 26 the BM published another article on his blog titled Burnt Toast. He accuses Hornberger on not addressing his core objection to the current practicality of open borders, that countries opening borders does not equate to private individuals making contracts. (Bear in mind that BM does not wish for countries or borders to exist).  

BM also argues that libertarian theory is not a perfect settled theory -comparing the 2,000 years of Christianity giving birth to many sects to the various theories of libertarianism “after basically 50 years (I start counting a whole theory with Rothbard)”. That is an interesting comparison of religion and libertarian theory; it does seem that many libertarians view Murray Rothbard as their god.

On May 30, Hornberger replied to BM with (yet another) long article on the FFF website titled Bionic Mosquito’s Bite Misses The Mark. Hornberger focuses this essay on the violence used by the Border Patrol to capture illegals, uninvited incursion on private land by the Border Patrol, and alleged warrantless searches and roving checkpoints. (I have never been to the border and have not seen any of these roving checkpoints that might {unconstitutionally} exist; I support the 4th Amendment and oppose warrantless searches).

Hornberger also points out that the potential of paying higher taxes because of increased use of the welfare state by immigrants is a light price to pay to defend libertarian principles (such as open borders), though he does not support the welfare state.

In the end, we have two dudes on the internet, both philosophically supporting open borders, arguing over the practicality of fantasy borders versus no borders -with the one philosophically favoring no borders arguing against the massive Middle Eastern immigration that is now occurring in Europe! Both reject the positions of (1) government enforced borders and (2) numbers and ethnicity of immigrants under the control of the central government -the positions which just so happens to be what the Founding Fathers set up.

Most libertarians generally do not care much about the Founders anyway; instead they have a bunch of Jews (Murray Rothbard, Ludwig von Mises, Ayn Rand/Rosenbaum, Milton Friedman, Walter Block, Sheldon Richman, etc.) to weave them elaborate theoretical games  and tell them how to make money.

There is a reason that I do not waste much time on libertarian website anymore.


Author: Joe Putnam

I am a Christian (Reformed/Sovereign Grace Baptist type), white American of Western European bloodline, advocate of an agrarian social order, Kinist, White Nationalist, admirer of America’s Founding Fathers and the Boys in Gray, homesteader, indie published author, and amateur historian. I have indie published several books, all of which are available from Amazon. I am a life long resident of rural Orange County, IN –in the part of the Upper South that many would term Greater Appalachia or the Dixie Frontier. In addition to my own blog "Putnam Liberty Notes", from May through July of 2017 I dual published many of my posts at the popular multi-author Alt-South blog Identity Dixie. In addition to my blog writings, I am currently gearing up for (at least) two more book projects –one theological and one historical. The theological one will cover the three interpretational views of Daniel’s 70th Week. I hope to have this book in print in late summer 2017. (Hint: I am, not a Dispensational Futurist). The historical book will be a biography of George Rogers Clark (1752-1818). Clark was a noted Virginia militia officer who’s campaigns, including his successful siege of Vincennes, basically took the Old Northwest from Britain during the American Revolution. Clark spent the rest of his life around the river that separates Clarksville, IN from Louisville, Kentucky. I hope to have my Clark bio in print in early 2018.

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