Participate: Libertarian Platform Reform Underway

Tim West over at Liberty for Sale is calling for comments on the Libertarian Party platform. Now is your chance to be heard.

My first pick is that immigration needs to address the real threat of foreign attackers such as Al Qaida and we need a rational border control policy which includes a more realistic approach to tracking those who come here on travel/school visas and then let them expire (either maliciously or not). Currently the LP proposes a rather naive and utopian open border policy.

Update: I should note that Tim has already discussed the immigration issue in a previous post.

Update II: Here’s a thought: put the entire platform on a public Wiki a la Pete Ashdown.

3 Comments
  1. I haven’t really given immigration that much thought, and certainly not from that point of view. I’m not sure I agree with you though. I have always been on the side of entirely open borders.

    Do you think that the government could possibly set up a system to effectively track those who come here? Could they do it without it being the huge expense that everything government is? Could they do it without inadvertently attacking the rights of otherwise legal immigrants or even citizens mistakenly believed to be immigrants?

    Is the threat of foreign attackers such as Al Qaida that real? There has not been a single terrorist attack on American soil since September 11th. And I think a reform of our foreign policy to stop creating terrorists abroad will be more effective at stopping terrorist attacks at home, rather than attempting to track all those, or even just some of those, who enter our country.

  2. Ryan, I’m willing to bet that a noninterventionist policy only gets the sunshine terrorists (the insurgents who fight us because we are on their turf) out of our hair. That still doesn’t address the religious zealots preaching hatred for Western Civilization as a plank of their faith. Nor does this address fundraising in the US for terrorism abroad.

    Plain and simple, I think we should be selective about who we let in the country, and I think bigots of any shade should have the door slammed in their face.

    This is one of the most criticized planks by republicans looking at the Libertarian Party, and we need to have some critical thought on the matter instead of waving it away by hoping that one sweeping plank will solve every problem in another.

  3. My first pick is that immigration needs to address the real threat of foreign attackers such as Al Qaida

    MG: That’s wartime marque or security policy, not border immigration. The international travel section deals with that along with the rest of Foreign affairs.
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    and we need a rational border control policy
    MG: Where is that in the Constitution?

    Currently the LP proposes a rather naive and utopian open border policy
    MG: LP proposes we adhere to stated national goals since the Revolution. In immigration the LP welcomes refugees ready to turn them into militant Americans. In travel we propose returning to a pre-collectivist states staus quo without passports. To do that we propose countries adopt Libertarian policies, and have so far spread to 100 countries.The appropriate military response to attack is not border security a la Mussolini. It is declaring war, quarantining the rogue state, sending in Libs (as with Russia) but not quaking in fear behind walls. Tthat’s naive.