OK, I’ve been trying to debate the ‘Le Pen phenomena’ from a somewhat global perspective for two days now, and we keep on getting back to immigration. So, if that’s what it has to be; why don’t we just go full on into it?
Let’s just for arguments sake say that we open up all the borders and let whoever live wherever they want. Thereby not saying that freedom of movement would be absolute and uncontrolled. Say for instance that we restrict it only based on a clean criminal record and proof that you will be able to sustain living at 25% above poverty standard. BTW, when I say clean criminal record I would exempt thought crimes and political crimes pinned on people by rogue or autocratic governments. Refugees would not have to prove sustainable income.
What would happen?
Would the world fall apart?
Would rape, murder and theft skyrocket to the point of anarchy?
Would it be chaos at first and then balance out?
Would it solve many of our problems even, such as sustainable growth?
Could it balance out the North-South divide and eliminate poverty?
Or would it make no difference?
You see my theory is that people generally don’t move if they don’t have the prospect of winging it in the place they go to, or if they aren’t driven to move due to threats to their lives or starvation, in which case they are refugees, which has to be dealt with differently.
I know that the popular belief is that an economy can only sustain so much and in the Western World we have already reached the limit. I have to question that though on simple observation, on the fact that we overproduce and consume inefficiently, and based on the above theory.
The only known instance of organized immigration like this that I can think of is the US at the turn of the 19th and 20th century, and that worked out pretty well even if there eventually was a point were regulation became rigid.
Now please do remember that this is hypothetical and I know that due to inherent xenophobia and racism this would probably ignite the ‘ethnic conflict powder keg’ and it wouldn’t work in practice even if it could in theory. I’d like to hear the theoretical views.