Demanufacturing Consent: Sheldon Richman on Open Borders and the Politics of Walls

Traces of Reality
July 15, 2014


Sheldon Richman“Open Borders and the Politics of Walls” with Sheldon Richman

On this edition of Demanufacturing Consent: Guillermo is joined by Sheldon Richman, Vice President of the Future of Freedom Foundation. We discuss the so-called “immigration crisis” in the United States and the surge of migrants, including thousands of unaccompanied children, fleeing dangerous Central American countries.

We discuss the politicization of the immigration issue, the protests in Murrietta, California, and other cities, and how this can potentially be resolved. We go over the many flawed US policies dealing with immigration, drugs, and military intervention in Latin America that have led to the current situation.

Richman explains why the US government has no moral authority to round up human beings, house them in “detention centers,” and ship them off to countries that in many cases the United States helped destroy. We round out our discussion with the moral, philosophical, and economic arguments for open borders, and why the answers to the immigration issue can only be found in greater liberty and freedom of movement, not larger DHS budgets and bigger walls.

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