Hey there! Sign in to join this conversationNew here? Join for free
    • Thread Starter
    Offline

    2
    ReputationRep:
    http://www.touchstoneblog.org.uk/200...ore-take-less/

    and

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d76e28e6-7...nclick_check=1

    Obviously only one aspect of the whole issue around economic migrants, but wondered what your take on the above two were, and why in general politicians say that they are in favour of free markets but not when it comes to the free movement of people. I thought free-market supporters were supposed to be in favour of the free movement of finance, goods/services, knowledge and of people - or are only 2.5 of the four ( -0.5 on copyright/IPR issues) politically acceptable?
    Offline

    1
    ReputationRep:
    (Original post by Prince Rhyus)
    http://www.touchstoneblog.org.uk/200...ore-take-less/

    and

    http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/d76e28e6-7...nclick_check=1

    Obviously only one aspect of the whole issue around economic migrants, but wondered what your take on the above two were, and why in general politicians say that they are in favour of free markets but not when it comes to the free movement of people. I thought free-market supporters were supposed to be in favour of the free movement of finance, goods/services, knowledge and of people - or are only 2.5 of the four ( -0.5 on copyright/IPR issues) politically acceptable?
    It's an interesting question, particularly because I'm supposed to be writing an article at work about the role of immigration in a free society which has led me to look at the various different libertarian/classical liberal approaches and stances on immigration. Personally, I favour unrestricted immigration in principle, like most libertarians I know (there is a terrific argument on this topic here which I challenge opponents of immigration to pick a hole in if they can). The really hard question is how to reconcile this with the modern world which is, to put it mildly, not entirely libertarian in other respects. For instance, it is not inconceivable that allowing unrestricted migration would mean a heavier burden is placed on the welfare system and that, consequently, taxes rise: what should libertarians advocate in this situation? It's a very difficult question, IMO.
 
 
 
Reply
Submit reply
TSR Support Team

We have a brilliant team of more than 60 Support Team members looking after discussions on The Student Room, helping to make it a fun, safe and useful place to hang out.

Updated: July 25, 2009
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • Poll
    Has a teacher ever helped you cheat?
    Useful resources

    Groups associated with this forum:

    View associated groups
  • See more of what you like on The Student Room

    You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

  • The Student Room, Get Revising and Marked by Teachers are trading names of The Student Room Group Ltd.

    Register Number: 04666380 (England and Wales), VAT No. 806 8067 22 Registered Office: International House, Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XE

    Write a reply...
    Reply
    Hide
    Reputation gems: You get these gems as you gain rep from other members for making good contributions and giving helpful advice.