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  • Bradley Urso

    cool! interesting read and I really like the idea of people being the authors of their own lives.

  • Nathan Smith

    @ Tyler Paziuk: Well, not exactly... there was an overlap between colonialism and 19th-century open borders, but they definitely weren't the same thing. There was nothing imperialist about mass immigration to the United States, and though immigration to European countries didn't occur on the same scale, it was allowed and there was often a fair amount of it. And there's nothing colonialist about that. When Europeans emigrated to places they had colonized, they did tend to come as conquerors or as a ruling class, which is morally problematic, even though some of them did useful things, like spread medicine or build railroads. Horizontal migration of subject peoples under an empire, such as the migration of Indians to South Africa, doesn't seem too morally problematic, but perhaps it is inasmuch as it depends on the empire that's facilitating it. Or in other words, the way freedom of migration between certain regions was established might sometimes have been morally problematic. But if open borders were established through moral suasion or international treaties and presided over by the UN, that seems to keep the good without the bad.

  • Tyler Paziuk

    The "open borders" of the late 19th and early 20th century you so lament was actually called colonialism. I'm all for freer mobility but calling horizontal migration under empire a success overlooks all the ills and evils of that era.

  • Graham Kaye-Eddie

    This idea is a good one but needs supplements! Explore, a little and then get back to me for introductions to some other disciplines with solutions to your idea. If you have ecological boundaries and not political ones you still must have a means of travel to get there!

  • Michael McDaniel

    I have been touting these same ideas much of my life. I'm always told "You are a dreamer." "It's too difficult."" It would hurt our lower and upper classes.". I believe we can do wondrous things if the political will can be generated in this direction. Political will was generated mainly to fight war. Even NASA was able to be empowered through the fear of "The Cold War". Let's try to do something without fear to motivate it. The United States of the World.

  • Nathan Smith

    Read more about the case for open borders at