A Reader Says Ayn Rand Was For Open Borders
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Re: Washington Watcher`s article
"Common Ground" With Obama On Immigration?
Dave Shanken (email
"Contrary to the widespread assumption, Rand was not a
supporter of open borders, "linking to a 2002 letter
A Reader Reveals Rand Was A Restrictionist!
Dave Shanken disagrees.)
As an apostate
Randian, I believe that Rand was rabidly
pro-immigration. The full reference linked in Washington
Watcher`s article discusses Rand`s opposition to
foreign aid, not to massive immigration.
libertarians also support wide open borders.
argued with a libertarian that unrestricted
immigration will not advance libertarianism until other
libertarian policies are introduced and accepted—for
social welfare and public education are eliminated,
government regulation on businesses reduced to what was
absolutely necessary for public safety, plus the rest of
the libertarian wish list.
response: a long journey begins with a single step.
I replied that a
long journey begins with realistic planning.
Dave Shanken has a point
here. Ayn Rand`s work doesn`t mention immigration, but
an oral history of Rand,
Facets of Ayn Rand,
based on interviews with Charles and Mary Ann Sures,
contains this revealing passage
"Can you give a
specific example of when she responded angrily to a
Someone asked her for her views on immigration, if she
thought it was a good thing. And she got indignant
immediately at the very idea that anyone might be
opposed to immigration, that a country might not let
immigrants in. One of the things she said in her answer
was, `Where would I be today if America closed its doors
to immigrants?` That really hit home; I`m sure everyone
there realized that she would not have survived in
Soviet Russia, that a person with her ideas would have
died in prison, somewhere in Siberia. In her answer, she
was defending people who were seeking freedom and a
better life. And I think she was assuming that
immigrants would be like she was—ready and able to make
their own way, accepting help if voluntarily given by
individuals but not expecting government handouts. But
it was clear that she was angry at the
not at the person asking the question."
this video from Yaron Brook of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual
taking the Open Borders position, on orthodox Randian