Open Borders and the Tragedy of Open Access Commons

Daly, Herman
http://steadystate.org/open-borders-and-the-tragedy-of-open-access-commons/
http://www.countercurrents.org/daly040613.htm

Date Written:  04/06/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX14969

“Open borders” refers to a policy of unlimited or free immigration. I argue here that it is a bad policy. If you are poor and your country provides no social safety net, you move to one that does. If you are rich and your country makes you pay your taxes, you move (or at least move your money) to one that doesn’t. Thus safety nets, and public goods in general, disappear as they become both overloaded and underfunded. That is the “world without borders,” and without community. That is the tragedy of open access commons.

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