Immigration points and the fatal conceit of central planning

Source: Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Jason Brennan

"Most of you recognize government is too stupid to plan shoe production. You need price signals and competitive mechanisms to tell you what, where, and how to produce. You can't make a five-year plan for the whole economy because the economic problem constantly changes. But many people who recognize that flip around say, 'Oh, but no worries. We can figure out exactly how many and what kind of laborers the economy needs for the next five years using this artificial points scale.' The best way to know whether 'the economy needs an immigrant' is simple: If we allow people to hire the immigrant, do they choose to do so?" (08/10/17)

http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2017/08/immigration-points-fatal-conceit-central-planning/

  • dL

    But to my surprise, quite a few libertarians and supposed “free market economic conservatives” seem on board with his points plan.

    Free market conservative is an oxymoron, as is immigration-restrictionist libertarian.

    Most of you recognize government is too stupid to plan shoe production.

    Not too stupid to centrally plan mass surveillance.

    You can’t make a five-year plan for the whole economy because the economic problem constantly changes.

    There is difference between can't and shouldn't. Just because it shouldn't doesn't mean it can't.

    Now, granted, the government may have a legitimate worry about being able to afford certain kinds of welfare programs and publicly provided goods which immigrants might consume. But if that’s a worry, then find a keyhole solution.

    I imagine the 5-year central plan is the keyhole solution. You just checkmated yourself, Brennan.

    Conclusion:
    Liberty is presumed. An efficient path to totalitarianism is justification of liberty by economic utilitarianism.