Williams starts off saying:
My sentiments on immigration are expressed by the welcoming words of poet Emma Lazarus' that grace the base of our Statue of Liberty: "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free".
But his conclusion reads:
Here's Williams' suggestion in a nutshell. Start strict enforcement of immigration law, as Arizona has begun. Strictly enforce border security.
He calls himself a libertarian and addresses his audience in these terms:
Libertarian Fellow Travelers
What are the factors that led this libertarian's "welcoming sentiment" to such a bizarre public policy prescription?
Williams begins with a completely alarmist question, aimed not at fellow libertarian travelers, but at fellow small-town Americans:
There are close to 7 billion people on our planet. I'd like to know how the libertarians answer this question: Does each individual on the planet have a natural or God-given right to live in the U.S.?
Williams seems to be imagining that the California Gold Rush is still on. I don't think the USSA is such an attractive destination - and certainly not for ALL the 7 billion people on this huge planet. I'm heading for Jamaica myself.
Lew Rockwell's recent column titled "Renounce American Citizenship" offers Professor Williams a reality check. This most eminent libertarian, founder of the Mises Institute, an institution that teaches libertarian fellow travelers around the world, thinks that the Gold Rush days are long over, and that it is time to quit the USSA. He concludes:
[We] advise the young and successful families who ask us, to get out while the getting is good.
Rockwell, an Austrian economist, writes of the US economy today:
Far more frightening is the sense that financial calamity is around the corner. A look at the data seems to suggest that. Vast reserves are sitting in the banking system, waiting to be unleashed to create what could be total destruction of the dollar. The deficit is rising so fast that it is hard to chart.
The jobs situation is terrible, especially for young people (and adults often make decisions based on what is best for their kids' future). Personal income is falling and falling. Investment is not recovering after its cliff dive in 2009. The social welfare state is broke. Private debt is rising even though lending has not restarted.
Rockwell goes on to say:
The policies of the fiscal and monetary authorities are absolutely terrifying. The Fed is keeping rates at zero. The government is spending and spending beyond belief. Tax receipts are falling as never before, unleashing the greedy hand of the predator state to extract every last dime.
And look at what the US congress and president are doing about this terrible mess: they are working to socialize health care, start a war with Iran, impose tariffs on China, and otherwise tax, regulate, inflate, and control more more more. An economy that is heavily capitalized and driven by the entrepreneurial spirit can stand a surprising amount of abuse. But that reserve capital is being drained away into new bubbles, and the entrepreneurial spirit is being crushed at every turn.
I strongly commend both columns to my reader, a study in contrast. Professor Williams says of libertarians who believe in the Inviolability of Private Property that we have some "blind spots." Perhaps it is he who suffers from such spots. Seven billion people rushing to the USSA! What nonsense!
Private Property includes a hotel room. It means that if a foreign tourist has a coco-hut on a beach in Goa, paid for, all local property owners should unitedly protect his unfettered enjoyment of his Property. This is the very foundation of local Justice. This is the way of openness and a big tourism industry. It is how to develop local property. It is the path to prosperity.
But then, in Goa, I am preaching to the converted.