open borders, christopher columbus, and warfare

I had a really good time visiting the University of the Bahamas to give a talk about open borders. I’d also like to thank the Nassau Institute for sponsoring the event, along with the UoB Department of Banking and Finance. Click  here to see the talk. I also had a good time on the Juan McCartney show – if you have a link to the audio, please send it along.

Here, I’ll address a question from the audience. A man raised the issue of Columbus: Wouldn’t open borders allow you to be conquered? What if someone like Columbus shows up?

The response is intuitive. Open borders is about migration, not warfare. If you see tanks at the border and warships in the water, then you have the right to shoot back and lock the gates. But 99.99% of migration is not about warfare! The Mexican migrant wants to sell you a taco, not kill you. The question conflates two completely different activities – warfare and movement. So you have to really chill out and realize that migration and war are different.



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Written by fabiorojas

October 28, 2019 at 5:29 pm

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  1. Didn’t many of history’s conquests take place in slow motion, by unchecked immigration? For example, Germanic tribes’ slow and steady infiltration into Romanized Britain? Sure, there were violent events but it was far more of a migration. Many examples.


    Don Frazier

    October 29, 2019 at 8:09 am

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