Is Immigration a Basic Human Right? My Opening Statement, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty My critics often tease me, “Should everyone on Earth be free to immigrate into Bryan’s house?” Their point: Treating immigration as a human right is utopian nonsense. My reply: There are three competing moral positions on immigration. Foreigners should be free to live in my house even if I don’t consent – a view held by almost no one. Foreigners should be free to live in my house if I consent – my view. Foreigners shouldn’t be free to live in my house even if I do consent – the standard view I’m criticizing. Far from being utopian, saying “Immigration is a human right” is just the moderate, common-sense position that when natives and foreigners voluntarily interact, strangers are morally obliged to leave them alone unless the overall consequences are clearly awful. Even if the stranger happens to be the government – and the government happens to be popular.
California, Here We Go | City Journal Layers of government housing policy have been settling on top of one another for decades, creating a deep regulatory bog that is exceedingly difficult to dredge. So it’s reasonable to ask if California will ever become livable again. And with state and local policymakers seemingly less attached to reality every year, it’s reasonable to give up and move, as many have already done.