In the excerpted piece below, author, professor and secessionist Hans-Hermann Hoppe tackles perhaps the biggest issue of our time: immigration and the displacement (and ultimately replacement) of Western peoples and First World populations in general by Third World immigrants. Dr Hoppe argues in his book Democracy – The God that Failed that such immigration is incompatible with a regime of liberty and property-rights and ultimately will destroy the advanced civilisations that permit it. His take on immigration puts him at odds with many Left-libertarians (the folks at the Cato Institute, for example) who support open borders and mass immigration and seem to care little about preserving the native ethnic and cultural groups of West or the property rights of those in First World countries who oppose immigration. The piece below is excerpted from pages 158-59 and 168-69 of Hoppe’s book:
According to the proponents of unconditional free immigration, the United States qua high-wage area would invariably benefit from free immigration; hence, it should enact a policy of open borders, regardless of present conditions, i.e., even if the United States were entangled in protectionism and domestic welfare. Surely, such a proposal must strike a reasonable person as fantastic. Assume that the United States, or better still Switzerland, declared that there would no longer be any border controls, that anyone who could pay the far might enter the country, and, as a resident, would then be entitled to every “normal” domestic welfare provision. Is there any doubt about the disastrous outcome of such an experiment in the present world? The United States, and even faster Switzerland, already weakened by protectionism and welfare, would be overrun by millions of third-world immigrants. Welfare costs would quickly skyrocket, and the strangled economy would disintegrate and collapse, as the subsistence fund – the stock of capital accumulated in and inherited from the past (fathers and forefathers) – was plundered. Civilization would vanish from the United States and Switzerland, just as it once did from Greece and Rome….
Judged by the immigration policy entailed by the object of protecting one’s own citizens from foreign invasion and forced integration and rendering all international population movements invited and contractual migrations, the Swiss government does a significantly better job than the United States. It is relatively more difficult to enter Switzerland as an uninvited person, and it is more difficult to to stay on as an uninvited alien. In particular is is far more difficult for a foreigner to acquire citizenship, and the legal distinction between resident citizens and resident aliens is more clearly preserved. These differences notwithstanding, the governments of both Switzerland and the U.S. are pursuing immigration policies that must be deemed far too permissive.
Moreover, the excessive permissiveness of their immigration policies and the resulting exposure of the Swiss and American population to forced integration by foreigners is further aggravated by the fact that the extent of public property in both countries (and other high-wage areas) is substantial; that tax-funded welfare provisions are high and growing and foreigners are not excluded; and that contrary to official pronouncements even the adherence to free trade policies is anything but perfect. Accordingly, in Switzerland, the U.S. and most other high-wage areas, popular protests against immigration policies have grown increasingly louder.