My comment on Unz, on Ron Paul’s essay about immigration and the southern invasion. Dr. Paul, for whom I have a great deal of respect, still loves the War of Drugs meme as a simple one-stop shopping answer to why we are seeing a great wave on the southern border:
The drug war or “War On Drugs” has not escalated in the last several weeks, nor have the related killings, and the countries in Central America (and Latin America) are as bad as they have ever been. The great wave is rolling in because of the hope of amnesty. If drugs were legal, as one commenter says, the wave would keep coming because the infrastructure created in the US is appealing, and obviously cannot be recreated in Central America (otherwise, wouldn’t it have been?). Blaming the War on Drugs is so simple and appealing. Although I appreciate Dr. Paul reminding libertarians that we, er, don’t live in a libertarian society. We live in a welfare state. I would also argue that “public property” is the private property of the collective that pays for it, so if you believe in private property rights, as libertarians say they do, then why does anyone who is not a part owner have the right to plop themselves down on it without permission of a majority of the owners. Let’s vote on it! You see the problem, don’t you? Of course, as a libertarian I believe strongly in private property and wish I did not own any property collectively, but as a tax payer and indentured servant of the government, I do, in fact claim partial ownership of “public property” and I vote for no illegals plopping themselves down on it and using its resources. Absolutely I wish the State did not have to protect the borders, which are not arbitrary, but only because I believe private citizens could do a better job and more efficiently (economically). However, one of the few things the State, or the Constitutional government, should do, is protect us from invasion and harm. These are not benign “women and children” coming, and who these people are (and what diseases they carry) will continue to be hidden from the public. That does not lead to freedom.