Anarchy, Open Borders and Utopia

Why a world without borders is essential to the future of humanity.

Over the past century, many human freedoms have expanded. But even as people living under the tyrannies of the communist world or the alien rule of colonialism have secured a greater measure of liberty, one freedom has been noticeably diminished. The freedom in question is freedom of movement.

It would be an exaggeration to say that it is now entirely lost. Indeed some – particularly the richest among us – may even have enhanced their ability to travel, and today enjoy a greater opportunity to settle wherever they choose. But for most people that freedom is much reduced. And for the poorest or most desperate it is almost gone – unless they choose to risk their lives and the pitiless justice of the law to cross borders of states they have no right to enter. We live in a world in which more people traverse borders than ever before – last year more than 360 million people entered the United States alone – but we also live in a world in which movement is more tightly co

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p quinn 2 February 2017

He’s not arguing for an overnight overhaul. He’s thinking about a long-term change that begins with recognising the impact borders have on our basic freedoms – something no one really thinks about.

A Brigg 2 February 2017

The idea of a borderless world is totally incoherent. Yes we limit ourselves in creating boundaries but despite what Kukathas says this is clearly a valuable trade-off. Rule of law just couldn’t function without states. And like most proponents of a world without borders he offers no specifics as to how to deal with the consequences, only vague hopes. Compared to this kind of utopian thinking Trump’s wall makes more sense.