The Capitalist Has No Country

by Mark Krikorian

Back from another camping stint in the woods, this time with the Boy Scouts (and the mosquitoes). While I was away, a reader alerted me to this piece from Bloomberg:

How to Be a Patriot: Hire an Illegal Immigrant

Laws against illegal immigration make little economic or moral sense. So why punish the brave citizens who break them?

As Adam Smith might have noted, open-borders economists seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public. This kind of post-American tripe hardly surprises me any more, especially from another assume-a-can-opener development economist writing for Bloomberg. But it does underscore an important point — as with libertarians, the business class (and its affiliates) are not conservatives, though they can be useful allies under certain circumstances. Even in the wake of Jeff Immelt’s crony capitalism, too many politicians (and journalists) assume that if the Chamber of Commerce wants something, it must be “conservative.” But, just as there’s nothing conservative about libertarian goals of legalizing prostitution or privatizing the military, there’s nothing conservative about open borders, however much the “American” Nursery and Landscape Association and its ilk may lobby for them.

It’s not news, but useful to remember: Marx and Engels had it precisely wrong when they wrote that “the workers have no country.” It’s more likely to be the capitalists who have no country.