Some libertarians naively believe that unfettered immigration would be a good thing and that the State is wrong in limiting the movement of people. So claims Manuel Lora in his strike-the-root column. Of course not all libertarians agree with him; many argue that the best solution would be a total lack of public property. Hans-Hermann Hoppe, in Democracy: The God that Failed, argues for complete private ownership of lands. If all lands are private, then any “immigrants” would be trespassers and dealt with accordingly. One problem with this solution is that, presumably, leftists would also be allowed to own property. They could then proceed to invite multitudes of undesirables. Another difficulty is that the people of any particular society may actually want there to be communal land. Are we to force them into private ownership?
The underlying flaw in Lora’s logic is that he completely ignores the concept of group rights. The rights of an individual are important – but each individual is partly defined by which groups he belongs to. If you negate the group, then you also negate an important part of the individual. If you completely destroy the culture of an Amazonian tribe, for example, but leave the shaman intact, what really remains of the shaman? His identity was closely linked to that of his tribe. Without his tribe, his life may be meaningless. Even if you went about alienating the rest of his tribe by persuasion, so that each individual acted of his own free will, nevertheless you have violated the rights of the individual shaman.
The word “libertarian” implies a belief in liberty and liberty should be valued not only on the individual level, but also on the group level. Unfettered immigration violates the liberty of successful societies because it will always lead to a large influx of “refugees” from less successful societies. In the end, there would be no successful societies as they would all have descended to the lowest common denominator. That Lora can recommend massive immigration from countries like Haiti – and blame all their problems on socialism – reveals a woeful ignorance of racial reality.
In conclusion, even though the State is responsible for much evil in the world, it does have legitimate functions. One of those functions is to protect its indigenous citizens from being overrun by foreigners. It might even be said that this is its primary function. This claim is eloquently made by Frank Salter in his book On Genetic Interests. I highly recommend it.