May 4, 2013 • 35M

Let Them All In

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Bob Zadek
Bob talks about the issues that affect our lives on a daily basis from a purely libertarian standpoint. He believes in small government, fewer taxes, and greater personal freedom.<br /><br />America has lost its way, but it cannot and does not need to be reinvented. Our founders were correct about their approach to government, as were John Locke, Adam Smith and the other great political philosophers who influenced them. The country’s first principles are economic and social freedom, republicanism, the rule of law, and liberty. Bob believes we must take the best of our founding principles and work from them because a country without principles is just a landmass.
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What was the secret of America’s emergence from a collection of very different British colonies with nothing in common except a love of freedom? Its secret was open borders. “Let them all in,” was our immigration policy . . . and it worked! It brought to America the world’s “tired, . . . poor, . . . huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” And breathe free they did. Yes, they remained tired and perhaps somewhat poor, but their fatigue resulted from the work they did for themselves and their families. Their efforts made America a powerful economic engine. Today, America seems willing to turn its back on the secret sauce of its political and economic success – the conditional welcoming of all who cherish economic and political freedom. Who could be better to discuss immigration with Bob than Alex Nowrasteh, the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute’s Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity? Bob and Alex discuss the political, economic and social issues surrounding this most controversial topic. With so much bigotry, misinformation, hyperbole and pandering out there, you need to get the real story.