“Wages in rich countries are determined more by immigration control than anything else, including any minimum wage legislation. How is the immigration maximum determined? Not by the ‘free’ labour market, which, if left alone, will end up replacing 80–90 per cent of native workers with cheaper, and often more productive, immigrants. Immigration is largely settled by politics.”True free market capitalism, as imagined by Rothbard here or other libertarian ideologues, would result in the demographic replacement of a large percentage of the population of a First World nation, reducing the original citizens to a minority.
Chang, Ha-Joon. 2011. 23 Things they Don’t Tell you about Capitalism, Thing 1: There is no such thing as a free market.
Even though, mercifully, we do not have Rothbardian anarcho-capitalism or some extreme small-state libertarianism with no national borders, the neoliberal governments of the Western world are gradually doing the same thing, but in a slow and steady manner, by their pro-big business, mass immigration policies (since big capital, without any doubt, loves mass immigration), their deeply-flawed multiculturalism, and obsession with refugees (many of whom turn out to be economic migrants or, if genuine, refugees who could be better helped with humanitarian aid from the West to settle in safe countries where they are culturally compatible).
Continued mass immigration to the First World, in the face of the declining birth rates for the original citizens falling below 2.1 (the replacement level), means demographic and cultural suicide in the long run.
It’s that simple, once you understand it.
For example, what is Denmark? What is it, if it is not a homeland for the Danish people, with a distinct language and culture, for the people whose ancestors have lived there for hundreds if not thousands of years?
This does not mean that Denmark cannot have immigration; nor does it mean it cannot have some have ethnic minorities. Or a small and reasonable inflow of genuine refugees, especially if these refugees agree to return to their home countries once those countries are safe again. But there needs to be strict limits and controls, and Denmark needs to remain a country where the majority of people are Danish.
For those on the left obsessed with open borders or mass immigration, these leftists don’t understand how the majority of ordinary people feel. You can’t even begin to build a popular left-wing movement, with sensible economic programs, if the vast majority of people see a left utterly divorced from reality on such an existential issue.
And this is why the left will implode unless it quickly – and honestly – admits that democracy requires accepting the political will of the people, especially given how more and more people are becoming distressed, upset, and angry at the economic, demographic and cultural effects of mass immigration.