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 of Pete 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").