Free Trade and immigration policy

As laid out by Hans Hermann-Hoppe

This is again in answer to Vox Day’s supposed refutation of Free Trade Theory.  It is obvious that Vox Day from the first approached this issue from an emotional stance rather than a logical one.  He vociferously opposes free trade because it allows for (he claims that it “requires”) free movement of labor, and VD has a horror of people moving from place to place.  I have been arguing with him, along with the inestimable unger.  I recommend that one do a search for “unger”, and just read those for a first-class education in free trade.  Be warned that unger is compelled, for reasons of sanity, to resort to some rather raw language.

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One Response to “Free Trade and immigration policy”

  1. Thanks for the kind words. And…yes…I’m sorry about the language. (Well, most of it. One post was adapting a very funny, if not very nice, Steve Buscemi monologue from ‘Reservoir Dogs’.) It’s just…this is seriously infuriating. And depressing. You’ve heard the joke about how if you lined up all the economists in the world, end on end, they still wouldn’t reach a conclusion? Here’s the one topic on which pretty much all the economists really do agree, the one on which the logic of the economic position is most obviously impeccable, most obviously resistant to reductio ad absurdum, and most thoroughly demonstrated day in and day out. Even Paul Krugman and the New York Times somehow can’t manage to get it wrong! And yet…

    One is sorely tempted to concur with Mises’ despair: “My theories explain, but cannot slow the decline of a great civilization. I set out to be a reformer, but only became the historian of decline.” It’s impossible not to get angry over it – though yes, I need to handle it better.

    Anyway, thanks, again, more than I can say. Albert Jay Nock once wrote of the joys and difficulties of defending unpopular truth, and he was quite right about the effects of being reminded that one isn’t completely alone.

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