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

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    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.
 
 
 
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