The Treason Lobby is worried: "Meanwhile, far off the front page, the simmering public debate and governmental policy shifts regarding northbound [i.e. illegal] immigration continued to reach levels of intensity and velocity not seen since the glory days of Peter Wilson," warned Matt Welch [email him] on Reason.com last week.
He complains that "immigration reformers…have been repeating the mantra `but they broke the law!` for years. (Presumably, these people have never jaywalked or written the wrong date on a check…)"
VDARE.COM comment: well, there`s a difference between jaywalking and illegal immigration. Jaywalking is trivial, which is why in most jurisdictions it`s a misdemeanor. Illegal immigration is serious, which is why it`s a felony under federal law.
But the Welch Squelch is indicative of a graver problem. I`ve wondered for years why Establishment Libertarians can`t get the message about immigration (in contrast to the heroic Paleolibertarians at www.LewRockwell.com). We have a whole archive devoted to the subject.
Now I think I see the reason: The modern lumpen libertarian simply doesn`t know anything. In particular, they don`t know that you can`t have a functioning market unless you have a framework of law (part of what is sometimes called the "metamarket").