“According to Clemens, we are all victims of an epic intuition fail. “Development is about people, not places,” he has said many times over, and often the best way to make a person richer is by allowing them to move to another place. We don’t really care about helping poverty-stricken Liberia, we care about helping poverty-stricken Liberians. It sounds almost too simple at first: A very large percentage of people who have gone from extreme poverty to relative financial stability have done so by moving across borders. So why don’t we just let more people move?”
This is a great article in the Atlantic about the Open Borders movement, advocating the abandonment of immigration restrictions. I don’t know exactly what I think about it all but it has made me think.
Edit: Here is another perspective from the Crooked Timber blog. Thanks Oz.