Wednesday, November 18, 2015
A Libertarian perspective on Syrian refugees
As a Libertarian I believe that all human beings have a God-given right to life, liberty and their pursuit of happiness. These rights do not come from government. We are born with them.
If a person in one place decides that their odds of having a life, liberty and greater happiness would exist in some other place, they should be allowed to leave the place where they are and move to the place they want to be.
When they arrive in the new place they should be guaranteed nothing but their three inherent rights. No welfare, no special treatment, nothing. The new arrival to the new place should be expected to look around and see opportunities where they exist and then pursue those opportunities.
If charities, churches, mosques and synagogues want to chip in and help with the transition, so be it. That is also part of Libertarian ideology, that we have the right to voluntarily part with our private property to aid other human beings.
Once the person is in their new home they need to understand that if they violate the right to life, liberty and property of others, the rule of law will deal with them. As long as they stay out of trouble and simply pursue their interests - peacefully - the government should not bother them.
Apparently, one of the Paris attackers had come in to France under the guise that he was a Syrian refugee seeking protection from ISIS. One.
Now we are seeing an increasing number of American states blocking Syrian refugees.
This shows that our governments do not understand probability theory.
Look at the cities within the states blocking refugees. There will be more people murdered in Houston, Orlando and Birmingham by American thugs than we will see murders carried out by fake Syrian refugees.
Yet, in our panic we are now doing what is mean, stupid and counterproductive.
The more people we turn away who just want a chance to have a better life, the more we create the impression that America is not what it was supposed to be - a place where the tired, hungry masses can pursue the American Dream.
Being human beings and being an Americans should mean more than what we are doing now.