This is part of a series of weekly posts with the most interesting content from the Open Borders Action Group on Facebook. Do join the group to weigh in on existing discussions or start your own (you might want to read this post before joining).
Thought-provoking general questions or general observations
- Scott Sumner on open borders by Carl Shulman, linking to and excerpting from The case for 80% tax rates on the rich by Scott Sumner, The Money Illusion, April 28, 2014. 6 likes, 14 comments.
- Human traffickers wouldn’t have a business if governments didn’t force most prospective immigrants into the arms of smugglers by John Lee, linking to A Smuggler of Immigrants Dies in Prison, but Is Praised in Chinatown by Corey Kilgannon and Jeffrey E. Singer, New York Times, April 27, 2014. 7 likes.
- Open borders as “traditional borders” — appealing to conservatives (particularly in the US context) by Michael Tontchev. 5 likes, 2 comments.
- How (and how quickly) does assimilation occur? by Michelangelo Landgrave. 1 like, 10 comments.
- What do you think of the argument that the very act of migrating shows that people have shallow or fickle national loyalties? by Vipul Naik. 26 comments.
Discussions of specific historical and current situations
- Post by Rob James linking to I Woke Up and My Arm and Leg Were Missing: Victims of the Beast Speak Out. For immigrants riding the world’s most dangerous train, the last stop is freedom—but getting there could kill you by Jan-Albert Hootsen, April 22, 2014. 1 like.
- Post by Vipul Naik linking to Bishops who filed lawsuit against Alabama immigration law feel vindicated by Greg Garrison, AL.com, April 30, 2013. 4 likes, 1 comment.
- Post by Carl Shulman linking to The next Canada? Rich mainland Chinese push New Zealand migration to 11-year high. China is top immigration source for southern nation, with half of all newcomers using investor scheme, some paying up to HK$53m by Adrian Wan, South China Morning Post, April 24, 2014. 3 likes.
- China’s hukou system and its parallels with free migration, no path to citizenship and Friedman’s ideal immigration regime by Carl Shulman linking to The rural-urban divide: Ending apartheid. For China’s reforms to work, its citizens have to be made more equal, The Economist, April 19, 2014.
- Post by John Lee linking to Saving the Asylum System by Alex Nowrasteh, Huffington Post, April 24, 2014.
Outreach and meta
- Ideal location for bumper sticker distribution campaign by Fabio Rojas. 10 comments.
- A case for ostracizing open borders opponents (not endorsed) by John Lee, linking to Opposing Gay Marriage Doesn’t Make You a Crypto-Racist by Jonathan Rauch, The Daily Beast, April 24, 2014. 1 like, 2 comments.
- Refugee claim adjudication in Canada cannot be optimizing for reasonable criteria by Carl Shulman, linking to Refugee claim acceptance in Canada appears to be ‘luck of the draw’ despite reforms, analysis shows by Adrian HUmphreys, National Post, April 15, 2014. 4 likes, 6 comments.