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 (Sovereign Grace/ Reformed Baptist), American of European bloodline, admirer of America's Founding Fathers, author, White Nationalist, Kinist, advocate for the Amerikaner identity concept, and aspiring homesteader. I published my first book "A Bible Based View Of Liberty And Free Governments" in May 2013. It is no longer in print. My second book, Putnam Liberty Notes, was published in print form in March 2016, and is for sale on In May 2016 I started my own blog here at WordPress to promote this book. In early August 2016 I published my third book, "As America Fades". As America Fades is basically a sequel to Putnam Liberty Notes and is a 28 essay, 96 page little book of commentary articles on America, liberty, current events, race, personal security, and the coming police state. On January 13, 2017 I published my fourth book, "Bloggings Of An Amerikaner". "BOAA" is the third volume in my little series, and places special emphasis on the Amerikaner identity concept. All three are only $5 each, and are available on both Amazon and directly through my printer on the CreateSpace website.

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